I am trying to get a list together of what to bring for our party of eight. There are a few good lists SOMEWHERE in this forum that I have seen, but can't seem to find it (them) again! Any help would be appreciated.
I am trying to get a list together of what to bring for our party of eight. There are a few good lists SOMEWHERE in this forum that I have seen, but can't seem to find it (them) again! Any help would be appreciated.
Hi LJR, well to start off some good things to bring would be sunscreen, bug spray with deet, chap stick for the lips they get burnt too, walkie talkies to keep in touch, the usual meds immoduim pepto cold medicine, asprin, feminine products if your a women lol,lotion, tips for the maid maybe little gifts they enjoy getting them, a lock for your suitcase just in case. Oh yeah don't forget your insulated mugs, and maybe a floatie for the pool and beach you can leave the floaties behind when you leave for someone else if you so desire. And you might want to bring some face cloths they don't seem to give them out too freely. I hope this gets you started i'm getting ready to pack i have the suitcases out and making sure i have everything enjoy your vacation.
8 more sleeps for me.woohoo!!!!
My friend Daisy came up with the following list for her group when they traveled down for a wedding a couple of years ago...It is very comprehensive.
Travel documents: airline tickets/transfers, passport or photo ID & birth certificate, and any other ID or paperwork required. Keep easily accessible for airport check-in.
Cash and/or credit cards. You will need $10 cash/pp at the DR airport upon arrival for the tourist visa.
Important items or items you can’t live without go in carry-on (see below)
Items needed on the plane should be packed in personal bag to be stored under seat: ink pen for customs declaration & tourist card, reading material, music, quiet toys, small pillow, etc.
ID/Itinerary inside luggage (see below)
Sunblock: take more than you think you will need, perhaps with different SPFs. Available in DR but quite expensive. Bring after-sun topical, just in case. Also, if you want to do jeep tour, bring bug spray with DEET – generally not needed at resort.
Medication: prescription and OTC - stomach, cough, allergy, diarrhea, constipation, motion sickness, ointments, etc. (better to have and not need).
Beach wear: swimwear, cover-up, sandals or flip flops, hat or scarf, sunglasses
Long pants for evening dining and closed-toe shoes (men).
Light sweater for cool evening breeze by sea.
Camera & film/memory card. Also good to take large ziplock bag to keep out moisture and/or sand, especially on boat excursions or at beach
Thermal cup: holds more than typical drink cup & keeps drinks cold at the beach or for coffee in morning (coffee machines in the rooms)
ID tag: Identify your bags on the outside and inside of each piece of luggage. Put an itinerary of your destination, with the dates you will be there, as well as hometown contact information inside each piece of luggage. If your luggage should get misplaced, make it easier for them to find you during, as well as after, your scheduled trip. Also put a copy of your passport ID page in one of your bags – keep separate from actual passport .
Carry-on: Pack medicine, jewelry, cameras, other valuables, one complete change of clothes, swimwear, and all travel documents in your personal or carry-on luggage. You are unlikely to lose your luggage, but you can minimize the impact if it does happen. Cash and credit cards are best carried on your person (snapped pocket, money belt, etc.).
Baggage allowance? Some flights allow a certain number of checked bags (usually two) and a certain number of carry-ons as well as a weight limit (USA3000 baggage allowance is limited to two bags weighing no more than 50 lbs. total together). Carry on luggage is limited to one piece that must fit under the seat and one personal item. Carry on baggage must fit in a space no larger than 24" x 14" x 10" (USA3000). If a carry-on does not fit into this size, it must be checked and you may be charged accordingly. USA3000 charges $50.00 per additional bag (weight not to exceed 50 lbs.). Excess weight over 50 lbs - $50. Pack smart: if you don’t really need it – don’t pack it. Many regular contents of your wallet or purse will not be needed. Passengers are urged to consult with their tour operator to determine the extent of liability coverage before travel. The purchase of separate travel insurance for your vacation is recommended (to cover baggage, medical, trip cancellation).
Extra items to pack: Small pillow for the airplane? A portable reading light? Portable music player? Reading material for the flight (this can be left behind when you're finished with it, like magazines or cheap paperbacks). Bottled water & snacks? These items can be put in the personal carry-on bag.
Be sure to take comfortable shoes. Vacations are a good time to take those long walks you never get a chance to take. Touring cities is no fun in uncomfortable shoes. And don't forget to break in your walking shoes before you go so you know they're comfortable. Take several pairs of shoes/sandals and rotate use so you don’t develop blisters.
Pack your toothbrush, toothpaste, comb and brush, deodorant, cosmetics, medicine in a lightweight waterproof bag. Use small convenient containers that won't leak. If you have any doubt about leaking, pack bottles in ziplock plastic bags. Remember, the luggage compartment is not fully pressurized and containers may leak there that normally wouldn't. If you travel frequently, you may want to keep your cosmetic bag packed with small containers of your necessities including specially designed travel items such as a travel toothbrush.
Clothes: Choose clothes that can serve double duty and can be mixed and matched. Ladies especially tend to feel they need to bring lots of clothes. If you are seeing the same people every day, then your challenge is to mix and match. Many resorts require that men wear long pants and closed-toe shoes to dinner, especially at the ala carte restaurants. Ladies can wear dresses, slacks, and sometimes nice shorts but not swimwear to ala carte restaurants. Evening buffet, morning & lunch are casual with shorts OK.
If you plan to shop on your trip, you may want to leave some space in your luggage for your souvenirs or take along a collapsible bag. If there is good shopping at your destination, you might plan to take less than you need and supplement your clothes with the new ones that you purchase. Consider your baggage weight allowance on the trip home.
Before you leave home: Give a copy of your itinerary with contact telephone numbers and a copy of your passport to someone staying home. If your house will be uninhabited while you're away, you'll probably want to do some things so it isn't an obvious target. First, have the post office hold your mail and notify the newspapers not to deliver. Put some strategic lights on timers so the house looks inhabited. If you have some lights on timers all the time, whether you're home or away, the house appears much the same all the time. Don't say that you're away in your telephone answering machine message. If you have a security system, notify the company of your absence.
Misc Travel Information
Travel documents: Passports are the best option and it’s only a matter of time before everyone will require a passport to travel. However, adults currently can use photo I.D. and birth certificate instead of passport. In the case of married women, it is a good idea to take along your marriage certificate, as your birth certificate and photo ID won't have the same surname. It may not be necessary but it wouldn't hurt to take it along just in case. Children should have their own passport when traveling alone or with non-parents. Birth certificates are only acceptable when traveling with one or both parents and a child is under 13. Children over 13 need a student card along with the birth certificate as photo ID, or a passport.
Tourist Card: You are required to purchase a tourist card. Upon arrival at the airport in the Dominican Republic, you will purchase and complete a tourist card for $10.00 U.S.
Traveling with children: Many families travel there with young children. A majority of the larger hotels have children's programs to occupy them during the day. Dominicans love children and always pay them special attention. See additional tips from USA3000 on traveling with children
Money: The Dominican peso is the official currency of the Dominican Republic. The banks are phasing out "defaced money". Do not accept any pesos that have been written on, you will not be able to use it. US Dollars: Easily accepted & usually no need to exchange into pesos. Best to take newer bills without tears or defacing marks. No US coins accepted. Change will sometimes be in pesos, so ask if you want dollars. Exchange rates fluctuate daily but are generally 33-35 pesos to 1 US dollar. Pesos are NOT changed back into dollars, so if you do exchange money be aware of this. All Inclusive plans are intended to cover tips but it is not uncommon to tip $1 or $2 for excellent service (maid, mini-fridge stocker, bartender, etc) – it’s your choice and is much appreciated but not necessarily expected. Note: tips on excursions off the resort are generally expected.
Credit cards: Credit card companies are becoming very cautious about charges made abroad. So cautious that you may find your card useless or have to make phone calls prior to approvals unless you notify them in advance (not more than 30 days from the end of your trip). Use your card carefully – generally it is safe to use at resort shops or with tour companies on site. There have been incidents reported of double billings and other charges being billed to credit cards used by tourists while in the DR.
Food & Water: Drink only purified or bottled water while in the DR. Resorts use purified water for washing and cooking food, serving in restaurants, making icecubes, etc. Do not drink the tap water in your room - it is not purified. You can even brush your teeth with bottled water to be extra cautious. Resorts provide bottled or purified water for use in your room. There is a wide variety of food and drink choices at the buffet and ala carte restaurants. Some people suggest eating yogurt (with active cultures) a week or two prior just to increase their immune/gastrointestinal system for a change in diet. Coconut is a natural laxative so be cautious in consuming too much coconut food/drinks. Cooking oil is coconut so this may have a slight effect on your system as well – pack OTC meds to help you adjust to dietary changes.
Dress: Dress at the resorts is basically casual. Many hotels require that men wear long pants and closed-toe shoes to dinner, especially at the a la carte restaurants, so make sure you pack a pair. Most buffet restaurants don’t have a dress code. Some people dress up a bit in the evening - ie. dress, long skirt, etc. for the ladies, some prefer to be casual - jeans, shorts. It's basically up to you.
Illness: A lot of the time the reason people become ill is simply because of the change in diet or activity, as well as overindulgence in alcohol, food, sun, etc. Make sure meat (hamburgers, etc.) are well-cooked. If outside the resort, drink only bottled water. Take along medications for upset stomach or diarrhea - just in case. Moderation should keep upsets in check.
Airport Porters- help with luggage: You can count on there being Dominicans at the airport when you arrive wanting to carry your bags, and they can be quite persistent. A "No, gracias" and a firm grip on your luggage is all that is required. It is usually a very short distance from the airport exit to buses, taxis, etc. – you will look for your tour representative holding a sign. If you do have heavy luggage, the easiest thing is to let someone carry them. Some will demand $5 U.S. a bag, don’t be intimidated into paying this, just give them $3 to $5 depending on how much luggage you have and how far they carried it.
Tours/Excursions: The resort will have an orientation meeting where they will give you information & pricing about available tours and some general information about the resort and the DR. Tour operators will have a tour desk where you can sign up for all kinds of day trips - from jeep tours to city tours to boat tours. A note regarding purchasing tours from sales people on the beach and in the plazas. Some have illegal insurance, or no insurance at all. The tours may be cheaper, but if someone is hurt, their medical bills will be outrageous. They may tell you they have insurance, purified water, and whatever else you want to hear to make the sale.
Car rental: Car rentals are readily available, but it is not generally recommended to rent a car. There are no "rules of the road" in the DR, and driving can be hazardous. Insurance is also non-existent.
Safety: It is perfectly safe to walk around tourist areas and towns during the day. Most resorts have security personnel, and the beaches are also patrolled periodically. When going into town, or out of the resort area at night, use common sense, just as you would anywhere else. Don't wear expensive jewelry or flash large sums of money around.
Vendors/Shopping: In most resort areas the vendors have stalls set up outside of the resort property. Most hotels don't allow vendors to approach tourists on the beach. You have to go to them, then you're fair game. Each one will tell you he has the "best prices". Of course, the first price he quotes you will be twice what they expect to sell it for - you have to bargain, it is expected. If you're not into bargaining, stick to the hotel gift shops. Many resorts also allow vendors to set up on one or two evenings – same rules apply. If you like something, look around and then bargain for it. If you don’t want to be bothered, say “No, gracias” firmly and walk away.
Language: You can get by if you don't speak a word of Spanish. Most key hotel employees speak some English, as well as French, Italian and German. If you learn at least a few words of Spanish before you go, Dominicans will appreciate the effort to speak their language.
DR Weather: Average high is 87o and average low is 73o. There is no actual rainy season in the DR, it can rain at any time during the year. Much of the time the rain occurs overnight or as a brief afternoon shower.
DR Water temp: Average: winter 78 o, summer 83 o
Topless sunbathing is quite common. It's not a Dominican custom but many of the tourists are European and topless sunbathing is natural for them. Many hotels do not allow topless sunbathing around the pool areas, just the beach.
Flight Movie – February 2006: They give you the earphones for the movie on the flight going to the DR so save them because they charge for them coming back.
Southbound movie: The Thing About My Folks
Movie teams two singular talents - legendary actor Peter Falk and writer/actor Paul Reiser - for a hilariously truthful look at family and marriage. Directed by Raymond De Felitta, THE THING ABOUT MY FOLKS follows a father and son who set out on an impromptu road trip in the wake of mom's unexpected defection. In a role written specifically for the film, Peter Falk gives one of his greatest performances as the kind of father many of us know: affable and oblivious, exasperating and embarrassing - and absolutely irreplaceable.
Northbound movie: Walk the Line
He was a voice of rebellion that changed the face of rock’n’roll. An outlaw before today’s rebels were born – and an icon no one would ever forget. He did all this before turning 30. And his name was Johnny Cash. “Walk the Line” explores the early years of the music legend, an artist who transcended musical boundaries to touch people around the globe. As his music changed the world, Cash’s own world was rocked by the woman who became the love of his life: June Carter.
On charter flights, seat assignment is made at the time of check in with airport staff or handling company. In order to secure your preferred choice of seat assignment it is recommended that you check in early and proceed through the security checkpoint. Please check the security pages that detail items that may be allowed or confiscated by Government security agents at the checkpoint.
Airline passengers on international flights enjoy a full meal service of breakfast or a lunch or dinner depending on the departure time. In response to passenger requests; on selected night flights we are offering a lighter snack allowing passengers to enjoy something lighter while catching a nap on the way home
Dietary or Special Needs
If you have a special needs dietary meal that falls within the types we offer please ensure this is ordered via your tour operator or travel agent on all charter services.
Special meals on charter flights need to be ordered via the travel agent and/or tour operator. USA 3000 cannot accept direct requests from the passengers for such meals. All such special meals are best ordered at the time of making the reservation or in any case no later than 48 hours prior to the flight departure.
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Damaged Luggage Policy:
Damage to your luggage must be reported BEFORE you leave the airport to one of the USA3000 Airline representatives. Claims for damaged luggage cannot be made after you leave the airport.
USA3000 Airlines is not liable for damage to wheels, pull handles, zippers, zipper pull tabs, pockets, flaps, hangar hooks or locks attached to the bag
USA3000 Airlines is not responsible for damage that does not impair the ability of such luggage to function, and specifically is not liable for damage arising from the normal wear and tear of handling, including scratches, scuffs puncture and marks.
USA3000 Airlines is not liable for the loss of, damage to or delay in delivery of any fragile or perishable item or liquid, or damage caused to other contents of the bag caused by said fragile or perishable item or liquid. We are not liable for damage resulting from overstuffed, oversized or overweight bags
Acceptable Proofs of Citizenship (for international flights) may include:
Valid Passport: Many countries require foreign visitors to have a valid passport in order to enter the country. U.S. passports are valid for 10 years from the date they are issued, except for those who are under 18 years old when they apply; their passports are valid for only 5 years. USA 3000 Airlines urges all travelers to apply for a passport, to avoid any unpleasant surprises as a result of any changes in the admission to a foreign country.
§ City or State issued birth certificates, with a raised seal.
§ A birth certificate from a Military Hospital
§ A photocopy of a government issued birth certificate notarized with a seal & signed by a notary.
§ All acceptable birth certificates MUST accompany a valid government issued photo ID.
o Unacceptable: (will result in denied boarding)
§ Hospital souvenir birth certificates (generally displays footprints/thumbprints)
§ Certificate of Naturalization, for those born abroad.
§ Voters Registration Card
§ Married women must provide original marriage certificate to document change from maiden to married name. Failure to comply may result in denied boarding.
It is each passenger’s individual responsibility to provide acceptable forms of proof of citizenship. Failure to produce valid documents will result in denied boarding.
Traveling With children and infants:
PLEASE, allow yourself and your family extra time to get through security and still be on time for your flight. You should arrive at the airport, at a minimum, two hours before the flight.
Before entering the line for the passenger checkpoints, parents should discuss the entire process with their children so they will not be frightened or surprised.
Every person regardless if they are adults, children, or babies must undergo screening to proceed beyond the security checkpoint.
ALL child-related equipment must go through the X-ray machine if it fits (i.e., strollers, umbrella strollers, infant carriers, car and boaster seats, backpacks, baby slings, etc.).
When child-related equipment does not fit through the X-ray machine, the equipment will be visually and physically inspected.
USA3000 will pre-board families with young children to allow additional time to get situated on the aircraft.
It is recommended that a child under 40lbs travel in a child restraint device (car seat)*.
*Many child safety seats that are designed for use in automobiles are also appropriate for use on aircraft. Appropriate devices should have hard sides and backs, include integrated shoulder straps, and secure to a passenger seat via channels through which the seatbelt is threaded and attached. The seat must carry the FMVSS.213 insignia and/or language indicating that they are "approved for use in motor vehicles and on aircraft." Put the car seat in a plastic bag and mark your flight and destination information on the bag (and seat).
Infants (that is a child who has not reached their second birthday) may travel on the lap of the parent without having to purchase an airfare.
Should you wish, you may purchase a seat to provide a little more comfort and bring your Child Restraint Device (Car Seat) aboard the aircraft.
FAA regulations require any child who has reached their second birthday must occupy his or her own seat during takeoff and landing. USA3000 is required to ensure compliance with this regulation.
Carry a copy of your baby's birth certificate for age verification. You may be required to purchase a seat if age cannot be proven.
USA 3000 - RESTRICTED ITEMS
Before you pack your checked or carry-on luggage please see the list of restricted items below. You may not realize common everyday items that may be classified as dangerous goods that are restricted for transport by USA3000 Airlines:
Miscellaneous Items: Knives of any length, cutting instruments of ANY kind (metallic or non-metallic) including carpet knives, box cutters and folding or retractable blades regardless of length, ice picks, straight razors (safety/disposable razors ARE allowed), and elongated scissors.
Many common items used everyday in the home or workplace may seem harmless; however, when transported by air, they can be very dangerous. In flight, variations in temperature and pressure can cause items to leak, generate toxic fumes or start a fire. You must declare your dangerous goods to USA 3000 Airlines. Failure to do so violates U.S. Federal Law. Violators may be subject to a maximum penalty of 5 years' imprisonment and $250,000 or more (49 U.S.C. 5124). Contact your authorized USA 3000 Airlines representative for further details.
There are certain exceptions for personal care, medical needs, sporting equipment, and items to support physically challenged passengers.
Personal Care Items containing hazardous materials (e.g., flammable perfume, aerosols) totaling no more than 70 ounces may be carried on board. Contents of each container may not exceed 16 fluid ounces.
Oxygen Needs: USA3000 does not carry passengers who are Oxygen dependent while in-flight.
Flammable Liquids or Solids: Fuel, paints, lighter refills, matches ... Safety Matches may only be carried on your person. "Strike-anywhere" matches, lighters with flammable liquid reservoirs and lighter fluid are forbidden both in carry on and in checked luggage.
Household Items: Bleach, spray starch, insecticides, drain cleaners and solvents ...
Pressure Containers: Spray cans, butane, fuel, scuba tanks, propane tanks, CO2 cartridges, self inflating rafts ...
Weapons & Fireworks: Firearms, Ammunition, gunpowder, mace, tear-gas, or pepper spray, Signal flares, sparklers or other explosives ... may not be carried by a passenger on USA3000 Airlines
Items Carry-on Checked
Cigar Cutters YES YES
Corkscrews YES YES
Cuticle Cutters YES YES
Eyeglass Repair Tools (including screwdrivers) YES YES
Eyelash Curlers YES YES
Knitting and Crochet Needles YES YES
Knives round-bladed butter or plastic YES YES
Nail Clippers YES YES
Nail Files YES YES
Personal care or toiletries with aerosols, in limited quantities (such as hairsprays, deodorants) YES YES
Safety Razors (including disposable razors) YES YES
Scissors-plastic or metal with blunt tips YES YES
Scissors-metal with pointed tips NO YES
Toy Transformer Robots YES YES
Toy Weapons (if not realistic replicas) YES YES
Tweezers YES YES
Umbrellas ( allowed in carry-on baggage once they have been inspected to ensure that prohibited items are not concealed) YES YES
Walking Canes ( allowed in carry-on baggage once they have been inspected to ensure that prohibited items are not concealed) YES YES
Note: Some personal care items containing aerosol are regulated as hazardous materials. The FAA regulates hazardous materials. This information is summarized at http://asi.faa.gov/Passenger.asp
Medication and Special Needs Devices
Braille Note-Taker, Slate and Stylus, Augmentation Devices YES YES
Diabetes-Related Supplies/Equipment, (once inspected to ensure prohibited items are not concealed) including: insulin and insulin loaded dispensing products; vials or box of individual vials; jet injectors; pens; infusers; and preloaded syringes; and an unlimited number of unused syringes, when accompanied by insulin; lancets; blood glucose meters; blood glucose meter test strips; insulin pumps; and insulin pump supplies. Insulin in any form or dispenser must be properly marked with a professionally printed label identifying the medication or manufacturer’s name or pharmaceutical label. YES YES
Nitroglycerine pills or spray for medical use ( if properly marked with a professionally printed label identifying the medication or manufacturer’s name or pharmaceutical label) YES YES
Prosthetic Device Tools and Appliances , including: drill, allen wrenches, and pull-sleeves used to put on or remove prosthetic devices, if carried by the individual with the prosthetic device or his or her companion YES YES
Camcorders YES YES
The checked baggage screening equipment will damage undeveloped film in camera equipment. We recommend that you either put undeveloped film and cameras containing undeveloped film in your carry-on baggage or take undeveloped film with you to the checkpoint and ask the screener to conduct a hand-inspection. YES YES
Laptop Computers YES YES
Mobile Phones YES YES
Pagers YES YES
Personal Data Assistants (PDA’s) YES YES
Note: Check with your airline or travel agent for restrictions on the use of these and other electronic items during your flight.
Box Cutters NO YES
Ice Axes/Ice Picks NO YES
Knives ( any length and type except round-bladed, butter, and plastic cutlery) NO YES
Meat Cleavers NO YES
Razor-Type Blades, such as box cutters, utility knives, razor blades not in a cartridge, but excluding safety razors NO YES
Sabers NO YES
Scissors - metal with pointed tips
Scissors with plastic or metal blunt tips are permitted in your carry-on NO YES
Swords NO YES
Note: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and security screeners.
Hope this is helpful!
Excellent List !!
geez i got motion sickness just scrolling down the list. LOL
What a SHORT list....lol.
Can you come pack my bag for me ? Remember only 20KG's though..............lol !!!
OMG! Thanks for the list. Will definetly print this one! 49 Days!!!
Thanks for posting this excellent list.
Im so glad I came accross it.
And bump... for others to see it
Please don't forget to add this on your list when traveling..
Happy & Healthy vacations !!