Monday, August 10, 2009

Pack, Man...

A few friends from Fuel, who are leaving for the Dominican Republic on the 18th, asked me about packing for their Peace trip. Here are my tips!

THINGS YOU’LL NEED IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:

  1. Bug spray with Deet. If I could only bring one thing to the D.R., it would be bug spray. I sprayed it all over myself, day and night, and even sprayed it on my bed, and still had up to 20 bites at once…big bites, little bites, blistery bites. Yikes!
  2. Anti-itch cream. This will save you a lot of discomfort from bites! And people on your team will thank you for bringing it as well.
  3. Aluminum water bottle. Our team filled up bottles from a large jug of water every morning at our hotel; we did not have individual water bottles. I got a cute product (RED) bottle at Starbucks. Make sure you bring it with you everywhere. It’s really hot in the D.R. and you need to drink water all day long.
  4. Umbrella. It rains. Hard. A lot. Randomly.
  5. Wet Wipes/anti-bacterial gel. I have come to learn that while traveling, soap cannot be found when you need it most! Anti-bac gel is the next best thing, and Wet Wipes are great to wipe all the mid-day sweat and grime off your face.
  6. A watch. I always use my cell phone at home, and it drove me nuts having to ask people what time it was. Get a cheap watch before you leave.
  7. A flashlight. Blackouts are common in the Dominican Republic. I’d say they happened about once a day. But don’t worry…they don’t last long!
  8. SNACKS. This was the #1 thing our entire team wished we had brought more of. The next time I go to the Dominican Republic, I’m bringing a whole bag of snacks onto the plane with me, including Oreos, peanut butter, Teddy Grahams, and Snickers bars.
  9. Don’t forget things like nail clippers, tweezers, bed sheets, and towels (for the shower and beach).
  10. An iPod charger is a must! (People on your team will forget theirs!)

THINGS YOU WON’T NEED IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:


  1. Hair straightener. Ladies, seriously. I have the frizziest hair on the planet. I was told not to bring one, and brought one anyway. And I used it ZERO times. The Dominican Republic is 100% humid and extremely hot. Just go with the frizz…if it didn’t kill me, it won’t kill you.
  2. Sweatshirt. It’s hot. Did I mention that? You don’t need any warm clothes for one second.
  3. Acrylic nails. Girls…get them taken off before you leave. Seriously. You’ll regret having them while you’re there. I have the shortest nails on the planet and dirt managed to find their way beneath them.
  4. Makeup. Unless you want to try to put makeup on while your face is sweating, just forget about it. You really don’t need makeup in the Dominican Republic. Give your skin a rest and put sunscreen on instead!

I’m excited for the Fuel team to leave on their adventure, and for my team to have a reunion…the Dominican Republic was amazing!

2 comments:

Josh(ua) Treece said...

2 questions:

1) Why is the font of this post ginormous compared with others?

2) Why an aluminum water bottle rather than an indestructible plastic nalgene?

Lisa Marie said...

1. Because I pasted it from Word and since it was in list format, it just posted weird. I couldn't fix it, so I'm leaving it.

2. Plastic bottles have chemicals in them. And, aesthetically, I prefer aluminum ones :)