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Activated Charcoal Tablets

These are a lifesaver. We do not travel without them! In the Dominican Republic, the water is not safe to drink and the food, even at reputable hotels, can sometimes be questionable. If you start to get an upset stomach and think you have food poisoning, take these ASAP. Activated charcoal stops the bacteria in its tracks, and instead of spending several days over the toilet, you’ll only feel a little funky for a few hours. Spare yourself the distress and save your vacation by bringing these along.

Neck Wallet

You’ll likely want to keep things like your cash, credit cards, passport, and phone with you when you’re out and about in the Dominican Republic. A handy neck wallet like this one will keep your valuables safe and concealed under your clothing. This way, you can access whatever you need without flashing your valuables to potential thieves!

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

With nearly 500 million cyberattacks in the first half of 2023 – the Dominican Republic is not the safest destination for online privacy. Protect your cybersecurity with a virtual private network that adds an extra layer of encryption to your information while browsing on unsecured Wi-Fi networks. We learned about this the hard way when our financial information was stolen at our Airbnb in Europe. You assume your accommodation will be safe, but any public network (at a cafe, library, airport, hotel, etc.) can put your data at risk.

Now we always use our VPN, both for foreign and domestic internet connections! A VPN will also give you access to geo-restricted websites that may be censored in the host country. Common ones that are blocked include Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube due to copyright issues, but you will have full access to the internet with an affordable VPN. I also like knowing that no one can monitor my activity (including my internet provider and government officials who already know too much about us, right?) I’ll never go back to a VPNless life!

Mosquito-Repelling Wristbands

As with any tropical destination, you’re likely to find swarms of mosquitoes in the Dominican. Don’t let that get in the way of you enjoying your day-to-day activities! Mosquito-repelling wristbands are an easy way to protect yourself from biting bugs without having to constantly reapply a spray.

Also, you’ll likely be boating, snorkeling, and swimming in lagoons, waterfalls, cenotes, and the ocean – so opting for something water-resistant is ideal. These last for hundreds of hours and are safe for children to wear too.

Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are popular with frequent travelers for a reason. They save a lot of space and make unpacking/repacking much easier. Simply label each

Packing cubes are popular with frequent travelers for a reason. They save a lot of space and make unpacking/repacking much easier. Simply label each cube “tops, bottoms, essentials, socks, etc.” and you won’t have to dig through a disheveled suitcase ever again!

We’ve used this brand for years and can safely say that travel organizers are a treat worth having. Get different colored sets for each family member and you’ll stay ahead of any explosive messes across the hotel room floor.

Available on HeroTravelSupply.com with an exclusive 15% discount using the coupon code “HERO”.

Travel Insurance for the Dominican Republic

Don’t forget that your domestic provider does not cover you overseas, and the Dominican Republic does not provide free medical treatment for tourists. And since the local hospitals are privately owned, they are very expensive. Travel insurance is crucial because you do not want to risk paying out-of-pocket for costly medical bills or if things don’t go as planned. It will cover you for anything from delayed flights to things stolen out of your hotel room, to an unplanned trip to the E.R.

We use Faye because they have set a precedent for all providers with a modern and flexible approach. They handle everything on their easy-to-use mobile app, making the claims process so easy. And they even have an add-on to cancel your trip “ for ANY reason,” which basically makes a non-refundable trip – refundable! It’s affordable protection for your travel investment that offers real peace of mind – a serious no-brainer.

Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger

Let me tell you, it’s the worst thing ever to be stuck in a foreign country without GPS to help you navigate and with no way of communicating with those you’re traveling with. In order to prevent your devices from running out of battery, I recommend bringing this easy and compact portable charger. Even if you need to recharge on the go, you can do so without having to sit and wait. I just plug my phone into it while it sits in my day pack and it powers my devices while I am out exploring.

Windproof Travel Umbrella

This windproof travel umbrella is sturdy and will do a fantastic job of keeping you protected from tropical rains. I always bring my umbrella while I’m traveling because you never know when a surprise storm will pop up. Not to mention, most people underestimate the winds, but this one has never flipped on us. If it did break on us, we’re happy knowing it has a lifetime replacement guarantee and would be swiftly replaced.

Hanging Toiletry Bag

Keep your counter free of clutter and be a master of organization with this hanging toiletry bag. This bag by Eco Sun is one of our favorite finds! This wil make your bathroom experience so much smoother and change the way you travel, pack, and unpack. You can organize all of your self-care essentials with room to spare since there are 4 giant internal compartments and 3 external pockets.

Everything hangs at eye-level and the sections are see-through, so you can easily find what you’re looking for whether it’s hung on the door, wall, hook, or shower pole. I use the 3 outside pockets for smaller items like jewelry, nail trimmers, bobby pins, and medicine. We are touched that the company, Eco Sun, sincerely cares about making sustainable products that give back to the planet. With their happiness guarantee, you have literally nothing to lose and will 100% fall in love with it.

Rash Guard

I absolutely love my rash guard. It’s extremely flattering, very comfortable, and protects me from harmful UV rays and sand abrasions. I wear mine for water sports and days at the beach, but I also have found that it’s incredibly useful for hot climates to keep the sun off of you even when you’re hiking and doing non-water activities.

Waterproof Phone Case

Keep your electronics safe from the elements! You’ll want to have your phone with you for pictures, navigation, and other uses, so it’s important not to risk it getting damaged by rain or water activities. This waterproof phone case is extremely affordable and allows you full use of your phone while it’s tucked safely inside. Record stunning underwater videos (with sound) and document one of the most beautiful places on earth! It was designed in Hawaii by a woman-owned team that knows a thing or two about keeping phones safe from the elements in paradise!

Sand-Free Beach Blanket

Instead of carrying around bulky towels to lay out on the beach, we recommend traveling with this super compact beach blanket. It makes it much easier to walk around without lugging fluffy, wet hotel towels everywhere you go. I love this particular beach blanket because it’s sand-resistant (which means no more sand granules in your picnic!), super comfy, and sits up to 4 people.

Quick-Dry Travel Towel

You’ll need a lightweight travel towel as you hop between beaches, islands, mangroves, waterfalls, savannahs, etc. Resorts don’t always provide them or they’re overly bulky, and you don’t want to carry heavy things around as you explore. This one is light as a feather yet 10x more absorbent than cotton towels. It’s a very versatile item that we get creative with – it can be a makeshift seat cover, packing cushion, shawl, sweat bandana, napkin, and more.

Luggage Straps

Millions of bags are lost by the airlines each year and you’ll want to do your best to avoid that fate. With the built-in contact card, you can easily confirm your bag and immediately spot it from across the room due to the brightly-colored straps. If you’ve ever felt the bubbling stress of crowds gathering around the baggage claim carousel, you’ll appreciate being able to recognize yours right away and get the heck out of there!

These adjustable straps make your belongings easily identifiable and add peace of mind for the long, bumpy journey. Baggage handlers can be less-than-gentle, and zippers can easily break due to overpacking – but these strengthen your bag by centralizing the weight to take the pressure off your zippers. You’ll absolutely love these and use them for all future travel.

Cooling Towel Set

While visions of paradise always conjure a beautiful image in our minds – the reality can be muggy, sweaty, sandy, and HOT! The temps can reach about 90°F, which can feel quite heavy in the higher humidity. Counteract this with a set of cooling towels – these magical babies turn 20-30 degrees colder than the outside temperature and stay frosty cold for up to an hour. Simply add water and beat the heat so you can enjoy longer days in the sun.

Gorgeous Jumpsuit

The style in the D.R. is island-casual meets feminine-Señorita. While beach days won’t require anything fancy, you’ll want at least one stunning outfit on hand. This jumpsuit is sophisticated and subtle, with a flared waist that makes it almost look like a dress. The single strap adds a bit of flavor, but overall it’s a modest look (which is good since you don’t want to stick out like a revealing tourist). I get lots of compliments on this one, and it works for either day or night!

Waterproof Backpack

We once made the mistake of throwing all of our items in a regular backpack on a tropical vacation… We didn’t realize the error of our ways until we saw it flopping on the deck of a boat like a fish, rocked by the waves and absolutely soaked! Now, we always use a waterproof backpack to ensure our cash, books, and other essentials don’t crumble into a pile of worthlessness. This one has proven a great purchase for us – everything comes out dry, whether boating, docking, snorkeling, or doing anything near the water.

TSA-Approved Luggage Locks

The last thing you want to worry about while vacationing in paradise is having your belongings stolen from your bags. A reliable set of luggage locks will secure checked baggage, carry-ons, and even day bags so you can relax knowing that your things are safe from sticky fingers whether in transit, in the hotel, or when out exploring.

I’ve found these locks to be very durable, and I love the extra security that comes with the 4-digit combination lock vs. a 3-digit – and the lifetime guarantee is the cherry on top!

Slip-on Mesh Water Shoes

From the freshwater lagoons to colonial cities and mountains, you’ll need a game plan to cover all bases of the Dominican Republic. Mesh water shoes are ideal because they keep your feet protected on land but have traction for slippery cenotes and waterfalls. They’re also made of breathable material that dries quickly as you shift from sea to land. So even when wet, these water shoes won’t give you blisters. We love them!

Discounted Tickets for Dominican Attractions

Your trip is only the sum of your experiences, and the D.R. has so much to offer! Our go-to booking service is Get Your Guide, because you can book tours directly with local vendors that are top-rated and reputable.

The best of the best includes: Taking a catamaran to Saona Island, jumping off waterfalls in Damajagua, and discovering the wildlife of Samaná by whale-watching or hiking at Los Haitises National Park. My personal favorite stop was Catalina Island and the kids seriously LOVED the open cenote waterpark!

For a perfect day in Punta Cana, start with morning snorkeling, spend the afternoon feasting through the beach clubs, and end the night at one of the most famous nightclubs in Latin America, Coco Bongo!

Affordable Underwater Camera

You’ll want to capture the beauty of the Caribbean, but leave your water-phobic DSRL at home. We own both this camera and a GoPro, and the only difference we can see is the price! This affordable waterproof camera takes stunning underwater photos and videos so you can enjoy the many reefs of Playa Bavaro, Saona, and Catalina Island. It’s a steal for the price and you’ll be happy to have it.

Motion Sickness Relief

The heart of the Dominican lies in its sense of adventure. But if you’re prone to motion sickness, the constant movement could be overwhelming. I used to suffer from seasickness or get dizzy on winding roads. But these motion sickness patches actually work and have been a game-changer for me! Many areas like Bavaro and Punta Cana will have rough waters because of the incoming Atlantic current. If you’re doing any water activities, bring these along, just in case.

Water Bottle with Built-in Filter

It is not safe to drink tap water in the Dominican Republic. Sure, you can buy bottled water there, but it’s a lot more convenient, cheaper, and less wasteful to carry around your own filtered water bottle to stay hydrated safely. Grayl is a survival brand known for high-quality filters. It will purify water to remove harmful pathogens, bacteria, viruses, chlorine, microplastics, sediment, and more. It’s not the cheapest option, but it’s a small investment in your health when compared to gambling with E. Coli or Hepatitis A.

Deodorant Wipes

Being stinky after physical activity is a fact of life, but it’s a breeze to refresh with portable deodorant wipes. Whether it’s coming off of a plane after a day of travel or simply feeling a little grungy after exploring the coast – these wipes make it extremely simple to freshen up. They are also safe for sensitive skin and are individually packaged so that you can take just a few in your daybag without having to carry around the whole pack.

Quick-Dry Shorts

In a balmy tropical climate, it’s important to stay cool and dry whenever possible. Cute shorts like these make that easy! These are comfy and moisture-wicking, enabling any water that does get on them to evaporate quickly so you don’t stay soggy all day. I like to wear mine when I don’t feel like showing too much skin but I still want to tan my top and legs.

Hangover Relief

As the home of Caribbean rum, tobacco, and other enthralling vices – hangover relief supplements will feel like a gift sent from above! The Dominican is one of the world’s largest rum producers, so fair warning – Barceló shots may be passed out like candy. Even if you don’t drink much, you won’t regret having these natural hangover-prevention pills with you, especially if a morning headache kicks in or you’re feeling exhausted before a busy day of excursions. Take 1-2 before or after drinks, and thank us later.

Beach Bag

Punta Cana is the most popular beach in the country, but there are SO many gems to check out like Cabarete, Puerto Plata, Santo Dominico, and Bayahibe. This beach bag is my favorite find because it’s got a detachable cooler for chilling snacks and drinks. With water-resistant material and 9+ pockets, you’ll be able to bring all travel towels, sunglasses, sunscreen, books, and sweet treats that your little heart desires.

Swimsuit Cover-Up

The dress code around the Dominican is beach-casual, thus, a swimsuit cover-up is every-day-wear here! While you may need some dressier pieces for dinner, this wrap is ideal for days of lounging by the beach, tanning by the pool, shopping for lunch at the local market, or hotel hopping.

Gorgeous Dress

The lively nightlife is a major draw of the Dominican, so you’ll need a nicer dress for evenings out on the town. This one is perfect for dancing all night to bachata, disco, and merengue. With an off-the-shoulder fit, it’s sexy but still won’t offend any locals. I love that it hugs the curves and can be worn multiple ways (on the shoulder, off the shoulder, as a long dress, short dress, tunic, etc.)

Packable “Just in Case” Bag

Rum and cigars are obvious souvenirs, but you’ll want to bring back other authentic local goods like Taíno handicrafts, jewelry, Larimar (precious stones), Dominican coffee, sweets, Mamajuana (honey rum), and more.

This “just in case” bag is for those unexpected purchases you’ll make along the way. Pack it on the way there and it takes up virtually no space. On the way back, it counts as your personal item on the plane and fits under your seat. Don’t forget the wine wings to protect anything made of glass, like perfume or liquor.

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