Post # 1
Fiance and I are getting married in Punta Cana this September. We’ve decided to have out of town bags for all our guests that made the journey down with us. I am trying to think of items to incorporate. I’ve posted something like this before and most of the replies (though helpful and appreciated) suggested food and beverage items.
The problem is that the hotel we are using is ALL inclusive so having snacks in their bags isn’t necessary. They have 24 hour access to food and drink including a mini-bar fully stocked everyday in their rooms. I feel that putting yet more food and drink in their bags would be overkill.
Are any of you doing out of town bags? What are you putting in yours?
Post # 3
I went to a wedding in Jamaica last summer. I’m not sure what your price range is but in our bags were, sun block, magazines, a book (choosing any NY Times best seller is a good idea), goggles, sun screen, a luggage tag, gum, tylenol and some candies. Hope that helps at least a little bit!
Post # 4
Trial sized bottles of sunscreen! Maybe personalized coozies with your names and wedding date? Visors? Flippy floppies? Maps are always nice, as are brochures outling what’s available for guests to do.
Post # 5
You could always add a couple snacks. We went to an all inclusive place in November and I took snacks in my suitcase so we had some in our room… it was nice just to have late at night or if we were being lazy in our room and didnt want to leave.
I think a map of the area is a great idea.
What about a translation list? I took one to Mexico… you could put on in every bag?
Post # 6
In addition to sunscreen add a mini thing of Aloe and a chapstick because people are bound to get some sunburn and that will be extra refreshing.
Maps, brochures, books, magazines, flip flops, etc. all sound great. Maybe a disposable camera to add though I think everyone has digital ones these days.
Post # 7
Maybe water cameras for the disposable? That way they can take them in the pool or ocean?
Post # 8
I would still put snacks…sometimes it is nice to have some of your own that you can eat through out your stay. I am a big fan of trail mix or trail mix type gronola bars!
I also like the idea of sunblock, a magazine, a welcome note, etc
Post # 9
I have 8 folks coming to the Netherlands for my wedding and this is what I plan on doing for my bags:
– Local treats (candy, typical snack foods, etc)
– Some typical touristy novelty items (if I can get them cheap enough everyone is getting wooden shoe slippers!)
– Coupons, maps, and attraction suggestions as well as all the relevant info for getting around on their own
– Sample sized toiletries
– A little booklet with dutch to english translations so they can get around (I have 3 danes, a canadian, a swede and an American). English is spoken here, but it’s a fun little project I’ve been working on.
Post # 10
ooh! I like @ldyparadox99’s suggestion about a phrase sheet/booklet! It’s so nice for your guests to be able to communicate in the language of the destination! Or if they’re only staying at your all inclusive, maybe make a pronunciation guide for some of the area’s specialty foods or drinks, so they can order properly.
For a tropical location, I’d definitely include sunscreen/sunblock, aloe vera, & slippers (what islanders call flipflops). If you can afford it, maybe include a local souvenir specialty item or a local style hat, to protect them from the sun. Good luck & keep us updated on what you choose!
Post # 11
Such cute ideas! I would be stoked to get sunscreen, aloe vera gel, and flip flops. Super cute! I have also seen personalized canvas totes you can order with your monogram or initials. Cute!!!
Post # 12
I’m getting married in Punta Cana in November, and some of the items I will be putting in my Out of Town bags are mosquito spray/wipes, suntan lotion, and face towels/washclothes (they don’t have them there). I’ll also put in a few other items, an itinerary, stuff like that. I really like the idea about the waterproof camera!
Post # 13
OOO! Well there are no rules on Out of Town bags. You don’t have to put one thing or the other. I’m having to do Out of Town bags too and I’m putting a gift card for Starbucks, something native to California and something personalized (not sure what yet). Who knows though, I might add more things..the wedding is about 7 months away. Hope that helps! 🙂
Post # 14
Gift cards are a good idea…I never thought of those.
Thanks everyone for all your ideas! I think I have finally decided on a welcome letter/ wedding itinerary/ hotel & excursion info/ beach towels (found them SUPER cheap), lip balm, aloe, aspirin, sun screen, bug spray, koozies, a DR magnet, and lei’s. We’ll put a couple different items in the kids bags closer to when we know how many are coming.