(originally published on February 25, 2013)
I am so excited to share this last post in the Resorting series with you! Beyond all the normal stuff people bring on vacation, I have a few items I bring to the Caribbean that you may not have considered.
Flexoline -- As I said before, nothing dries in the tropics, but you at least have a shot if you use this little item. Perfect for hanging up your swimsuits, no clips are needed. Just hang items over the top or weave your straps into the braided rubber strands.
SealLine Eco-See Dry Bag (5 liters) -- If you are going on a boat, you need this. I learned the hard way and almost ruined my camera and everything I brought with me on my first catamaran trip in Jamaica. As I was about to climb up the ladder, a rogue wave smacked me in the face almost knocking me over. Now I put everything in there, even my coverup. It all stays nice and dry.
Dryer sheets for drawers -- It's damp there so sometimes things smell a little musty. Bring some dryer sheets to place in the drawers before you unpack your clothes. Also makes the room smell nice.
Prescription Snorkel Mask -- If you are blind as a bat without your glasses like I am, this is totally worth the investment. And it's not really all that expensive. I ordered mine through Snorkel-Mart. Bonus tip: if the snorkels usually make you gag or you have fatigue in your jaw when you are done, order a smaller mouthpiece. I got mine at SnorkelingOnline for $6.
Downy Wrinkle Releaser -- There is nothing worse than having to iron while you are on vacation. As soon as I unpack, I spray down everything with wrinkle releaser and hang it up. No ironing needed -- especially if you combine it with the iron and roll method I shared in the last post. Also bring some extra hangers with you. There are never enough.
Baggu zipper bags -- I have a ton of these and find them really useful when packing ... earphones, gum, lip balm, hair clips ... everything is easier to find and not flying loose all over my tote.
Turkish Fouta towels -- Towels are like currency at resorts and sometimes you just want a little extra. These are lightweight and easily packed in a suitcase. Stylish, too, of course!
Tide to Go pens -- Funny how food seems to be attracted to my clothes. And sometimes one of those fruity cocktails spills on to my swimsuit during the day. This is the miracle worker.
Glittery, Colorful bobby pins -- Hair in the tropics. No matter what you do, it will be unruly. I've given up on actually styling it and have come to rely on these simple yet stylish bobby pins to tame those crazy strands. And bring extra conditioner. You'll need it.
Floating camera wristband -- Cameras don't float. Fact. Don't lose your precious vacation photos. Strap it on!
Double stick tape -- Ladies, you know what I am talking about here! Warm weather clothes can be risky. Tape those gaps and loose garments down.
Next Monday, I'll debut the vacation video I've been working on. It's pretty fun!
This Month ...
- celebrate the opening of The Red Inn for the season
- wear my new facinator to Harbor Lounge's annual Derby Party
- hike with a Massachusetts Audubon guide through the backwoods of Truro and Wellfleet
- listen to Monica Lewinsky and Ari Melber discuss stuff in the Hawthorne Barn
- experience several artist open houses at Twenty Summers
- get our annual townie passes for Tea Dance
- have our first meal of the season at Moby Dick's and Terra Luna and the Nor'East Beer Garden and Front Street and Mistralino and The Mayflower and ...
- take the moms out to brunch at a new to us place up Cape
- plant everything in our garden and on the deck (HOORAY!)
- figure out how to watch Eurovision this year (since Logo is not airing it!)
- enjoy all the free food at the annual JD's/Saki opening party (our favorite!)
- check out some of the events during Ptown Fashion Week
- pray for a cancellation for JURY DUTY
- explore Falmouth and finally try that lobster ice cream
- collect boxes of stuff to donate for the town's Monumental Yard Sale
- start buying fresh produce at the Wellfleet Farmers Market and filling my glass bottles at the Green Road Refill bus
- see some films in the Jamaican Film Festival
- enjoy our annual Lunch with Ezra at The Canteen (and the start of Boston friends visiting Ptown)
- buy some tubers at the Dahlia Sale
- do a night climb at Highland Light
- get up in the middle of the night to buy all the things in Target's Vineyard Vines collection
- bite my nails while watching the Game of Thones finale
- go to the Rhododendron Festival in Sandwich
- shiver through our first day at the POOL
- view the LASER RAINBOW that will be back again for Pride Weekend