Traveling to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic is always a good idea! Whether you’re going for a long weekend getaway or a longer vacation, packing right is essential for your trip. We’ve put together a few packing tips, which might be helpful for your next trip:
1. CONSIDER YOUR SPACE. We can probably all agree that space is an issue when packing! Suitcases never seem to fit everything that we want to pack and bring with us when going on vacation. A great way to pack is to roll (not fold) your clothes. Rolling is much better than folding and will take up less space and cause fewer wrinkles. If you’ve never tried it, we encourage you to give it a go – you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Make sure you stuff your socks in your shoes and, ladies, stack your bras on top of each other.
2. MAKE A PACKING LIST. Packing can be overwhelming and if you’re the forgetful type (or even if you’re not), it can be a good idea to make a list and actually write out everything that you need to pack for your trip. This way, you’ll minimize your chances of forgetting anything. You can make your list the old-fashioned way on a piece of paper, or write it on your phone (in notes) or even find an app to download that can help you. There are also lot of free printable templates online that you can download and use.
3. WATCH YOUR WEIGHT. Before you start packing, check your airline’s website for information on how much weight you’re allowed to bring on the plane. If you’re traveling business class or first class, you're allowed to bring a lot more weight than when traveling economy - and paying for overweight can be expensive. If you’re just going away for a long weekend, maybe you can fit everything into a carry-on suitcase and a larger tote bag. Making sure you only bring what you really need, can help you pack light, which is also more eco-friendly!
4. THINK MULTI-PURPOSE. When you pack for a trip, you always want to make sure that one item has more than just one purpose. Can you pack clothes that can be used both day and night? Can you bring shoes that work well for casual outings and chic dinners? Thinking about how you can use your clothes and shoes for a multitude of purposes will help you pack smarter and lighter.
5. GET THE RIGHT SUITCASE. Your suitcase can be your friend or your foe. If you’re shopping for a new suitcase, make sure you get the right one for you at the best quality – and price! Some suitcases are very heavy so it’s always a good idea to look for a light-weight model. And always choose a suitcase with lots of wheels – spinners! They are easier to wheel through the airport and won’t give you as much headache as luggage with few or no wheels. Even if you’re just going for a carry-on luggage, get one that has good wheels.
6. BRING A THERMOS OR REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE. You can travel with your own thermos (cup, tumbler, bottle) and go through security without any issues – just make sure it’s empty when you do. Most airports have water stations where you can fill up your water bottle for free so you don’t have to pay a lot of money to hydrate. This is also a good, eco-friendly way to travel as you won’t be using any single-use plastic cups and bottles as you go from point A to B.
7. TOILETRIES. Packing toiletries can quickly become a big issue – especially for some women. Most can probably relate to the fact that it’s impossible to bring nearly half of what you use on a daily basis, right? Well, the good thing is that you’re going on VACATION, so you don’t need to stick to the same make-up routine as you do back home. Keep it casual and just bring a few, essential things with you. Make sure you keep your toiletries well wrapped. If you’re bringing liquids in bottles, take a small piece of plastic wrap (saran wrap), unscrew the top of the bottle and place the saran wrap on the opening and put the top back. This way, if the top accidentally pops open, the saran wrap will prevent your liquids (shampoo, cream, toothpaste, etc.) from actually spilling out. If you’re bringing any toiletries in your carry-on, remember to place them in a clear, TSA approved plastic bag in order to bring them through security without any issues.
8. KEEP YOUR VALUABLES ON YOU. Remember to pack all of your essential and valuables in your carry-on bag and not in your suitcase. In case your suitcase is delayed upon arrival, you wouldn’t want to find yourself without your camera, laptop, medications, etc. You should always keep your passport, money (cash and credit cards), medications, glasses, electronics, etc. in your carry-on bag. If you’re traveling away from cold weather, it might also be a good idea to pack an extra set of clothes (e.g. a pair of shorts and a T-shirt) and sandals so that you can change from your warm (winter) clothes into something more comfortable just before you land in Punta Cana.
We hope you find these packing tips helpful!
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