Post # 1
My husband and I will be celebrating our one year anniversary this October by taking our honeymoon in the Dominican Republic! We will be staying at an all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana for 7 days and 6 nights. While there we will also be taking a couple excursions to enjoy the area.
Although this isn’t my first time out of the country or overseas, this is my first honeymoon and I’m seeking some advice on what to pack. 🙂
I would appreciate any tips or advice or experience from people who have either been to Punta Cana before or who have taken a tropical honeymoon/vacation.
Thanks so much, Bees!
Post # 2
MissesAwesome: I would pack just like you would for any other beach vacation. Basically bathing suits + coverups for the day, with some casual outfits mixed in for when you aren’t on the beach and just out doing activities. Other than that, I typically wear dresses to dinner so I’d pack at least one for each night. I wouldn’t go overboard on shoes….one pair of flip flops, one pair of dressy sandles, and a pair of tennis shose. I personally don’t take heels or even wedges because I never wear them. I take a dressy pair of sandles or flip flops (like jack rogers) for dinners out and tennis shoes for excursions that would require closed toe shoes. I would pack plenty of your own sunscreen, as it’s VERY expensive in the resorts. Outside of that, unless you have some special honeymoon outfits it’s really no different than any other vacation. 😉 DR is pretty casual in general, although I never stay at AI’s but I’m sure the website will give you some guidlines as to dress codes for particular restuarants within the resort.
Post # 3
All of this is totally true.
But don’t forget something slinky for the honeymoon nights 😉
Post # 4
MissesAwesome: Congrats Bee! We did our honeymoon in Punta Cana in July- it was HUIMID. Pack your own sunscreen/aloe vera. Everything is insanely expensive there. Light airy clothing is best. Be careful when leaving the resort- DR is a (lovely) but very 3rd world country. Keep your valuables safe. Do pack some cash- most places and especially cab drivers will take US Dollars.
The DR airport is kind of intimidating. When you get off the plane you will be loaded onto a bus and taken to the customs area- everyone will start to funnel into a huge line to start through customs and where you must purchase your “tourist passport” (10$USD) DO NOT FALL FOR THE MASSIVE LINE. There are little kiosks that sell you tourist passports in the area where people start to line up…HOWEVER, the kiosks only take 10$ bills- so have two 10$ bills handy for you and DH. You can then skip the line & go straight to the customs line. Once you are through customs- you will be BOMBARDED with cab drivers. They are pretty agressive- a few would literally start to try and take my bag and say “where are you staying I will take you there”. Be firm. And pay no more than 60$USD if you do take a regular cab… I would recommend having your resort do a shuttle/private pickup.
The weirdest thing we packed that came in use was baby powder. Because it was so humid, DH was starting to chafe between his legs…baby powder took care of that and helped alleviate any further chafing.
May I ask what resort you are staying at?
Post # 5
MissesAwesome: You don’t need a different dress for each night. You won;t know anyone there nor will you ever see them again, so it really doesn’t matter if anyone sees you in the same piece of clothing more than once.
I like to take multipurpose garments- a long black strapless dress that can be a bathing suit coverup, a maxi skirt, and a dress.
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MissesAwesome: i always make a list of waht to pack.
Underwear – i always pack extra underwear!
Dresses, lots of them. I dont wear pants during the summer/heat.
For your husband – he should pack at least 1 pair of long dress pants and a button down shirt. Most resorts have a fancy restaurant on premises that you need to make a reservation for and there is a dress code for men. My DH and I went to Jamaica and those were one of the rules!! Well, DH didnt bring any! Thankfully the resort had experience with this and they had pants u could borrow!
Bathing suits, sandals, wedges, sunscreen-u can buy travel bottles and fill them yourself with sunscreen, if yo buy it over there its going to be so expensive! We dont check anything in on the plane. We buy travel size for everything we need to risk lost luggage.
When packing, roll your clothes. It saves space
Post # 8
Everything that was already said, PLUS Imodium. We were in the DR and were sick the last 3 days. The Imodium cost us $40. 🙁
Post # 9
Thanks for all the help so far, ladies! I will defintely have this info handy when we make our packing list! Getting so excited! 😀
Post # 10
Extra sunscreen and a water proof camera!