Headed to CSS in August for the 1st time!! Also 1st time in Jamaica. Would appreciate advice from those of you experienced travelers as to what we should and shouldn't take. Need to start packing and not sure where to start!!!
Here is one list that I go by from someone on the boards who was kind enough to share theirs...
Hereís what we pack for a week (tweak as necessary):
2 pairs of shorts
2 tops that can be worn with either shorts
1 dress-style cover-up
Yoga pants & top
1 pair of sandals with heels
1 pair of flat sandals
One pair pajamas
Makeup (blush, eyeshadow, mascara, lipstick Ė I skip eyeliner b/c it runs
and skip foundation b/c itís too heavy in the heat)
2 pairs of shorts
1 pair long pants
2 polo shirts
2 Hawaiian-style shirts
1 pair running shorts
Socks & underwear
1 pair of sandals
1 pair of shoes appropriate for Otaheite
Pens (for Immigration and Customs forms)
Books Ė I have a Kindle, so I just dowload books to thatóit saves room
Ipods & earphones
Phone and iPod chargers
Hairbrush & comb
Travel size water pick
Travel size sound machine
2 1-gallon Ziplock bags (for wet swimsuits when you pack up to return home) (they
also have 2-gallon bags if you prefer)
2 1-quart baggies of liquids:
Sunblock (six tubes of 3-ounce sunblock fit in one one-quart baggie)
Makeup remover, moisturizer, top coat nail polish, toothpaste, hair conditioner.
We buy things like shampoo & conditioner, after-sun lotion, additional sunblock, and any other things we might need from the sundries store. Itís more expensive to buy it at the resort than at home (although with some airlines now charging for checked bags, maybe not), but itís worth it to us. Always make sure you bring a few tubes of sunblock and at least a little hair conditioner with you. One year CN was out of all sunblock with an SPF higher than 8, and at CSS this past August, they had NO hair conditioner.
You might want to check out a recent thread "Wish I would of thought of that". More swimsuits and casual day clothes and less dress clothes. You probably won't want to rewear the day stuff but you can get a few wearings from the evening clothes. Conditioner, for the women at least, and plenty of sunscreen.
Pack your suitcase, then unpack at least half the clothes you've just packed. Seriously, you'll way over pack.
I've learned to "mix and match" bottoms and tops for both of us, you only wear your regular clothes a couple hours a day so you can re-wear things. The rest of the day you are in your swim suit and you will want at least two if not three for each of you, it's humid and they won't dry over-night.
I like to take a few things such as Tylenol just in case but I take small bottles so they don't take up a lot of room.
Don't forget batteries or chargers for any electronics you are taking.
One of those disposable underwater cameras is fun and they actually do a pretty decent job.
Read The "I wish I thought of that thread"... everything you need to know is there and then some. Have fun! Just remember... don't over pack. You will be surprised how much you bring and don't need, especially when it comes to clothes.
Thanks for all the advice and suggestions!! I do always overpack and never wear half the things I bring, so I am going to try to bring one suitcase!! This should be good, I have never traveled anywhere on vacation that light! lol
Here is one list that I go by from someone on the boards who was kind enough to share [hers]...
I was going to post my packing list, but I see that someone already did. The preceding text didn't make it, so I feel compelled to add that we travel with carry-on luggage only. Also, we both wear our running shoes while traveling because running shoes take up a lot of room in your luggage if you pack them and because we've had to run through airports before.
Last edited by Pamela; July 30th, 2010 at 02:28 PM.
I know everything, and I'm always right (just ask my husband).
Take an open heart and mind.
I always take a journal. (i know i have posted this before). But i find it so meaningful to come home and re-read all my post from our trip. Its a great way to jot down people, names, and mostly the whole experience. I can take hundreds of pictures, but the journal allows me to recapture all those pics, with the whole experience. Take a moment on your balcony, or patio, with a cup of the blue mountain coffee, and capture your vacation...you will be happy you did
Also,be ready for the Jamaican people they are going to take you in, from the first "Ya Mon"!
Learn from them, and embrace their free-spirit.
I brought far too many "dressy" outfits than was needed. A couple of sundresses and a nice pair of sandals for dinner is all you really need. The rest of the time you'll be in your beach clothes. If you're going to do excursions you might want to think about bringing water socks.
We leave tomorrow. I am bring 10 dresses, two pairs of shoes, one pair of flip flops, 5 swimsuits and 4 cover-ups and one pair of shorts and one tank top. We are going for 8 nights. I will probably wear every item but one. That has been my experience in the past, but I will not wear the same dress twice.
We are here right now at CSS and I WAY overpacked. Just wanted to be prepared for anything..We're only on day #2 and I can tell - I could have packed everything in a carry-on only - next time I will know better!
Taking a break in the room right now...we are in the A block and LOVE it! What an amazing room and view. We did lots of exploring this morning. Everything is awesome - life is good!
Last edited by 2MuchFuninTX; August 17th, 2010 at 07:25 AM.