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My husband and I are staying at the Sandals Hicacos at the end of February and I have a few packing questions!

1) Do I need to pack bug spray?

2) Should I pack an electrical converter?

3) Are there hair dyers in the room?

4) Should I pack shoes to wear in the water to swim with (water shoes)?

Any other advice packing advice would be appreciated!! Thanks!!!

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1. Re: Packing?

Spa_Girl -

You lucky girl! We returned from SRH a few days ago. No bug spray needed at the end of January, but I don't know about February. I always carry a small trial size bottle just in case.

There is an electrical converter supplied in each room - you'll find it in the closet on top of the safe. You may, however, need an adaptor depending on the outlet of the appliance you are using.

A hair dryer is supplied...it's not perfect, but gets the job done (and I have an acre of hair...)

Aqua shoes are not a bad idea, as there were several Man-O-War washed ashore when we were there, and you REALLY don't want to step on one of those.

Anything else??

Have fun.

Windsor, Canada
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2. Re: Packing?

better to have the bug spray and not need it than to need it and not have any

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3. Re: Packing?

Bug spray and afterbite.

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4. Re: Packing?

We've been lucky to be bite free so far, but I saw one lady with terrible bites. I take the travel size bug spray and afterbite as well. Like Windsor said, it's better to have it and not need it :)

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5. Re: Packing?

you don't really need water shoes in Varadero

you should bring bug spray - to not have it and need it is not a great situation. Some people have problems with the bugs, some don't.

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6. Re: Packing?

here is my packing list


pack back/purse/fanny pack


photocopy of passport

money $20.00/$50.00 new bills

credit card / non u.s.a./cr union

travel docs

drivers lic

pens (fill out travel docs)

list of ph # and credit card #(lost/stolen)

inflatable air mattresses

beach bag

insect repellent

eye contact lens

extra pair eye glasses

sunglasses / clips (spare pairs)


sun screen

swim suite / cover ups


snorkel equipment / water shoes

camera/batteries/under water camera

mp3 player


bubba keg mugs (travel mugs)

alarm clock

travel scale

travel adapters

extra items

peanut butter


cheese whiz

maple syrup

salad dressings

clamato juice small cans


granola bars


trail mix

pringle chips



antihistamine pills



cold / flu pills

Imodium pills

insect after bite

after sun lotion

feminine hygiene

contact lens solution

razor / extra blades

shaving cream

shampoo / (note resort supplies)

hair conditioner

hair dryer (note resort supplies)


make up remover / pads


band aids


nail clippers


under arm pit stick

curling iron / hair straighteners

soap (resort supplies )

vinegar (jelly fish stings)

hand sanitizer

mini hand wipes

mini Kleenex packs

lip balm

liquid laundry detergent

face clothes (resort does not have)

sink stopper (plug)

hair accessories

tooth brush paste / floss / mouth wash

baby powder



sandwich zip lock bags

clothes pins/bungee cords(clothes line)

ant traps

fabric sheets/or air fresheners

rubber door stops

night light

sewing kit / safety pins

rain poncho

books / reading material


duct tape

playing cards/games/cribbage etc

tide pen (to go )

eye glass repair kit / spare glasses

ear plugs

Spanish dictionary

fishing equipment / hooks / line

grocery plastic bags

plastic wire ties (zip ties)

pocket knife (Swiss army knife)

wine bottle opener

candles / tea lights scented

dish detergent (wash mugs)

good idea scan all docs credit card #

and phone #s e mail to hot mail acct

can bring up at resort if lost/missing

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7. Re: Packing?

I think you missed off kitchen sink and a trunk to carry it in.

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8. Re: Packing?

you do not need to take everything but is just a guide to help out , i have been able to help out friends and neighbors in their travels .

happy packing

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9. Re: Packing?

rubber door stops ???????????

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10. Re: Packing?

yes. rubber door stop either to keep your door open or can be used a a security device., set against door when sleeping for extra security .