Post # 17
Things I am glad we brought (we went to Antigua):
– bug spray!
– granola bars…only wish we had brought more! I happened to have 2 in my purse, and we ended up eating them on our 5 hour flight w/ no snack service
– black pashmina (easier than a sweater for when out for the afternoon into the night)
– dressy flat sandals
– my turbi-twist hair towel
Things I wish we had brought:
– more snacks (our resort was all inclusive, but having snacks to bring on excursions or eat in room would have been nice)
– plastic bags to put our damp bathing suits and sandy flip flops in when we returned home
– extra sunglasses (husband lost his sunglasses before end of trip)
– more $1 bills…you end up tipping everyone when you are not on the resort!
Things I shouldn’t have bothered bringing:
– hair straightener. 5 minutes in that humidity, and it was not worth it to even try
– heels (our resort was really hilly, never wore them once)
Post # 18
We are going to Italy in the winter. So not the tropics, but cold weather!!
Post # 19
Italy–that is a horse of a different color!
Bring 2 pairs of very comfortable but stylish shoes. Tons of walking. Bring one pair of dress shoes.
Travel light. Plan on wearing everything twice. Walking from a metro/train station lugging 70lb suitcases is not fun. Plus, you will want to leave plenty of room for souvenirs.
Presumably you will be spending lots of time in cities (Rome, Venice, etc). While you don’t need to be fancy, people dress with a flair. Put together some comfortable, yet polished outfits. You will feel out of place in t-shirts, jeans and sneakers
Dress in layers. Northern Italy is pretty chilly but southern Italy will be more comfortable. In the afternoon you may just need a sweater.
Forget lugging a big bag everyday. These aren’t permitted at most tourist sites anyway. Bring a small flat cross-body bag. Put your money and passport in it. Put lipstick and gum in your pockets. Sunglasses on your head. Done.
What everybody said above regarding medications.
Make copies of your passports, credit cards, etc. Leave the copies iwth someone in the USA. If soemthing gets lost or stolen, you have a way to retrieve the information.
I like to buy the Oil of Olay cleansing pads (the dry ones). They pack easily, don’t leak and have enough soap in them for my face and half my body. The other half gets washed with shampoo. Less to bring with me, plus European hotels often don’t have washcloths.
Check to see if your cell phone will work there or make arrangements a couple weeks in advance. We had a tree bring down our power lines and neighbors couldn’t get a hold of us so we came home to a dark house, no power and lots of expired food!
Post # 20
Find somewhere with cheap travel adaptors and get at least two that will work in Italy. You will definitely want them for charging camera and phone batteries, etc. If you buy them once you get there, they will skin you alive with the price.
Post # 21
Baby wipes or make up remover wipes. They cool you off instantly.
Put in your cell phone the collect/international #’s for your bank and credit cards.
Have a written or typed list of all your friends/family/doctors in case your cell phone isn’t accessible.
Your usual medication (Tylenol, Benadryl, Imodium, antibartrial cream, etc) don’t pay hotel/resort prices for the basics.
Ziploc bags (for wet clothes and dirty draws)
I agree with the PP about setting up international service with your cell company (even if you don’t plan to use it). For emergency’s the roaming fee’s you pay will be alot less if you have it rather than not.
If you plan on making any calls back home, the cheapest alterantive may be a local calling card for like $5.
Post # 22
during my last vacation, i forgot to bring batteries for my camera…. and had to keep buying replacements in disney world at insane prices. bring batteries for everything that needs them.
Post # 23
Thanks! Great tips. We are going with a tour group so luckily lugging suitcases wont be an issue. Has anyone been to know more about the winter climate? I’m from Texas, I can often still be wearing shorts at Christmas so the idea of real winter is odd to me.
Post # 24
The one thing I forgot to bring on our vacation to mexico was “nicer” clothes. I brought a really fancy dress and lots of shorts and t-shirts, but nothing semi formal, which was the dress code at a lot of the restaurants at the resort.
Post # 25
$60 sunscreen? WOW. Can I ask you what resort you stayed at?
Post # 26
So I am actually going on my honeymoon soon and wanted to see if anyone had more suggestions! I am so OCD about packing… I will most likey do it in the next few weeks even though we aren’t leaving for a month and do it at least twice! So, anyone else- What do you bring on an international trip?
Post # 27
We will be going to Vancouver and Victoria B.C at the end of Sept/beginning of October, so right now its hard to know what kind of clothes to pack weather wise, so I am sure I will be looking closely at the weather that last day. We are also driving since we live in the Seattle area, so I am planning on bringing a cooler with drinks, water, etc and some snacks.
Post # 28
ENOUGH immodium 🙁 We went to Mexico and I brought a box. Unfortunately that wasn’t enough. Total. Disaster.
Post # 29
I brought a different set of lingerie for each night (gifts from my lingerie shower) — DEFINITELY the best thing I packed!
Post # 30
Wow! So many things I would have never thought of !