We've been back from Roatan for about 2 weeks now and I still have some bites that kinda still itch, but most of them are long gone, thank goodness! Most travel blogs highlight the beautiful and fun aspects about island life and I loooooove that, but today I want to share some of the things you have to consider in order to make your trip a true island dream.
Not everyone gets bitten by mosquitos but I do, so I had to be prepared and even so, they still bit me good. There is also Chikungunya to worry about when you visit places like the Carribean. Again, I am not trying to freak you out, but it is a real issue and for that reason one should arrive to the islands prepared. Roatan is a small island and ammenities such as sunscreen, bug spray are pricey, so I think it is best to overpack these than NOT. My biggest lifesavers were the AVON skin so Soft and the OFF bite and itch relief. I was told that a mixture of tea tree and lemon essential oils ward off the insects and I liked having this on hand when I did not want to feel too layered in spray, sunscreen etc. We also brought DEET and yeah, you kinda need it but I felt that the Skin so Soft was just as good and I didn't feel the chemically vibe on my skin. I also liked that the Skin so Soft was a spray rather than a cream. After a rainstorm, the mosquitos were unreal, so those were my DEET moments! :)
Bring some antibacterial wipes, especially when eating out because most vendors and even restaurants don't supply napkins or a bathroom. Speaking of bathrooms, also have some tissues on hand because some bathrooms don't supply that either. The one thing I wish I had was a handkerchief to wipe off the sweat. It is super humid and even if you do know what humidity is, you will be wiped out by the oppressive nature of this humidity. Again, that is why you are on island time and walk slowly but hey a rum drink or coconut water will cool you off in a jiffy.
I am a big believer in bringing things that make you feel good and like you just stepped out of the spa when you are traveling. Because we are wanderlust budget travelers, we don't get to partake in all the luxuries of the all inclusive resorts. BUT that is why we bring our own goodies like my Paul Mitchell Lavender Mint Shampoo and Conditioner. Even on my grimiest days, a shower with these goodies brought me back to life. Besides you are on vacation so treat yourself to some special soaps, or whatever makes you feel good.
Nothing is worse than thinking about the things you wish, you would have brought on your trip, so now that I am back I wanted to share these tips with you. Lastly water is expensive and you will want to drink it like mad so bring a Nalgene water bottle or two. I kept mine filled and would take one and leave the other in our small fridge. Cold water is practically non-existent or it will cost you about $1 every time you want to drink some and you will be thirsty. Luckily our place had purified water available but we would go through it fast.
So there you have it, not a full list of everything you should bring but some things to consider when you travel.
What is your travel must have?