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    things you can buy cheap in Aruba (to save on the baggage allwance at the airport)

    can anyone who's been to Aruba in the last few weeks
    list items i can buy cheap in aruba
    i'm tring to keep the weight down in our suitcase's we only get 20kg each.
    things for the beach that i would leave in aruba when we return home
    items like .......
    t-shirts
    shorts
    towels


    thank you
    Andrea

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    All hotels provide beach towels so I would definitely check that off my list. The good thing is summer clothes don't weigh as much as winter clothes. The main thing is not to over pack. I find that I wear shorts more than once as I'm in my bathing suit most of the day. I only bring one pair of sandels and use the hotel's toiletry products. I definitely bring sunscreen as it's expensive and I can't find the product I like. You should be allowed a carry on bag that you can put some heavier things in to lighten up your checked bag.

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    don't worry about sun block. the aruba stuff they sell there is awesome. like already said towels are supplied. not sure what else you can leave out.

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    you can go a little lighter on clothes. due to the low humidity and cool breeze you do not sweat like you would in mexico.So you do not need to change clothes several times a day.

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    we'll be staying at the "Tamarijn" will they provide towels for the beach and for the hotel room shower.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andreamay View Post
    we'll be staying at the "Tamarijn" will they provide towels for the beach and for the hotel room shower.
    thankyou
    andreamay
    Yes, they supply two different types of towels.

    Beach towels you will pick up at the Activities Hut.

    Bath towels are plentiful in your bathroom and are replaced with clean ones once a day when the maid comes in to clean the room.

    Also you will find an iron and ironing board, blow dryer and all in one shampoo and conditioner for hair.

    For lots more Tamarijn info I have two trip reports from our stays in June and December.

    Tamarijn Aruba June 12 - 24 (Long)
    Our Tamarijn Aruba Trip Report December 2007 Overview
    Tamarijn Photos

    Dress code at the Tamarijn is casual. Swim suits with coverup at the buffet during the day. Nightime wear for women is either sundresses, nice shorts or capris with a nice top. Definitely no reason to bring a lot of clothes.
    Last edited by Arubalisa; 11-08-2009 at 03:56 PM.

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    As stated by others...pack light, you pretty much stay in a bathing suit all day. You end up not wearing half of the clothes you brought with you and unless you have something special palnned for the trip ( engagement, wedding, etc...) you don't have to get dressed up if you go out. Shorts for women and polo shirts for men are pretty much the dress code for dinner out.
    The hotels provide toiletries so you can leave that at home also....pack light, you'll be glad you did !!!!!!!
    Oh, and have fun !!!!!!
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    I'm with Danadog56.... pack light. We used half of what we packed for our first two trips... and then knocked it down to next to nothing. Of course cosmetics for 'natural beauty' enhancement does add to the weight for my wife's bag... but that's ok!

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    Quote Originally Posted by abj View Post
    don't worry about sun block. the aruba stuff they sell there is awesome. like already said towels are supplied. not sure what else you can leave out.
    The thread title ask's "Things you can buy CHEAP in Aruba" While I do agree that the Aruba Aloe (Aruba Aloe is the brand name) Sun Block is awesome, personally I wouldn't consider it cheap, especially when you consider the amount you will be using. "Aruba Aloe" has a complete line of Sun Screen, Sun Burn, and After Sun Products. I would consider bringing some regular Sun Screen from home and buying some of the "Aruba Aloe" products there (say 50% from home and 50% bought in Aruba). If you use the Sun Screen properly you hopefully won't have any need for the Sun Burn Products (but they do work excellent). The After Sun Products really help to sooth your skin after a day on the beach. Plan on enough Sun Screen for a typical Non Aruba vacation, and then double it. Having more and not needing it is far better than needing it and not having it . I always buy plenty of "Aruba Aloe" Products to bring home with me, as they really some of the best that I've tryed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TJMadhouse View Post
    The thread title ask's "Things you can buy CHEAP in Aruba" While I do agree that the Aruba Aloe (Aruba Aloe is the brand name) Sun Block is awesome, personally I wouldn't consider it cheap, especially when you consider the amount you will be using.
    I have to agree with TJ. Great product though more expensive than typical sunscreen you could purchase at home. AND do bring double what you would normally use.

    FWIW, I now use a hypoallergenic sunscreen and the Aruba Aloe Sunlotion gave me a horrible rash. I think it was the aloe.

    We do love their other products and you can purchase them for just under $10 USD right there in the sundries shop at the Tamarijn.

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