What to bring to CSA?
Were coming for a long weekend in May. I don't know what all to pack. I've started a list based on my needs when I went on a cruise a few years ago but any other suggestions would be welcome:
boat shoes besides flip flops
You won't need beach towels..they supply those for you.
No need to bring a beach towel. Swim suits,cover ups, something nice to wear for dinners, hair care products,sunscreen,OTC medicine. The one thing we didn't bring our first trip that we bring for now on is a diaper rash cream; wet suit all day may cause some to rash. Everything else is extra.
Here's the checklist I use for my hubby and I (some may seem obvious but it helps me when packing :))
Wallet / Purse
Socks (for the gym and walking track)
Shoes (casual, dressy, tennies)
Jewelry / Watch
Aloe Vera Gel
First Aid kit
Book / Kindle
trash bag for dirty clothes
Hope this helps!
There isn't really a need for bringing beach towels. They supply towels and you can exchange them whenever you want to. I brought a little beach bag to hold our sunscreen and such, which ended up being nice to have. Bring zip lock bags for taking your swim suits home....nothing dries in Jamaica. A watch is nice to have if you plan to do activities. We also brought simple meds, like benadryl, bug bite cream, motrin, immodium (just in case, never used it!), and those things. Lastly, don't forget to bring a nice outfit or two if you want to try Feathers. Have a blast!! It is a one-of-a-kind place.
Leave the beach towels home, pack all of the clothes you think you will need and then go back and remove half of them. For a long weekend take two pair of shorts 3 swimsuits, two cover ups, a sundress or two for dinner nights. Check out the message thread "The I wish I would have thought of that" now on the middle of page 6 of the thread pages. Lot's of great ideas, with the main focus on taking less than you think you need
Wendy!!! Congrats for your trip!!!! One thing to bring is bug repelant. They have them in a wipe vs spray that you can fly with. I didn't use mine last trip and really paid for it. If your going to try and go to Feathers make sure to bring something to dress up in.
Check out The "I wish I would have thought of that" thread. It is awesome and has tons of info
You won't need to bring beach towels. They are supplied and CSA has a great towel exchange program. If you want to enjoy a meal at Feathers your hubby will need closed toe shoes and a collared shirt. I always bring too many clothes as you tend to spend all day in a swimsuit and a coverup. If you like to work out, CSA has a great fitness facility so you should bring workout wear. Remember to bring your cares and woes so you can toss them in the sea when you arrive!
Wow....you really have everything covered...I may just use your list this coming May when I finally get to travel to my beloved Couples!
Originally Posted by Musicalrose
I like to bring my own beach towels--lets me see my lounger as I walk up from the beach. Other than that, for another guest, not for me, thankfully, I had a cortisone cream (prescription) which took care of sun blisters. I'm a pharmacy on the run. I take everything just in case. But, as my husband says, I've rarely used any of it and it's kind of silly. Never-the-less, I don't leave home without it.
What is the dress code for women for the nicer restaurants?
lol - I know it's a long list. I use excel spreadsheets for everything - I'm a little over-organized sometimes. I just hate going on a trip like this and realizing I forgot something. :)
JBrooks - which resort are you going to? We arrive at CSA on 5/19!
Well...we're going to Jamaica on 5/20 for a wedding in Montego Bay and then we'll be coming over to CSA on 5/23 and will be there until 5/27! So, maybe we'll see you there!! Can't wait!!
Originally Posted by Musicalrose
Originally Posted by jbrooks2010
thanks for the list Musicalrose, I just copied and pasted it to a word doc. Saved me the time of doing it myself. :)
Glad others can use this! :)
Originally Posted by Shartalin
Great list musicalrose, but I think a couple of the things you posted are unnecessary...which includes underwear and PJs....hehe. j/k (but not really)! ;)
Oh, and I advise to bring a few pairs of sunglasses. I lost mine one year and had to buy a pair at the resort.....not cheap. I learned to bring back up from now on.
Another thing I forgot to mention.. a journal. We always bring one and write various things throughout the day. We write down our appointments, recipes we want to try, names of employees we don't want to forget, and just feelings and thoughts while we are there. It's so much fun to go back after the vaca and read what we wrote.
I hope I can do this, tried in Mexico but kept forgetting to write in it. lol
Originally Posted by LifeLoveEnergy
Just got home from a great CSA trip. One thing I took which was really helpful was clothes pins/pegs. Used the hammock strings as a clothes line to help things dry faster. Not the best for looks, of course, but maybe slightly better appearance than using the porch railings. Plus, if you swing in the hammock for an afternoon nap, things dry faster!! ;-)