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    5 days to go!! Questions:

    Hello again to you all!
    5 days to go!

    So a few questions....ladies..do you bring a purse? I saw a fanny pack mentioned but that is not my style. If no purse, what do you carry stuff around in? Small backpack perhaps?

    Even though not necessary, I do want to convert a few US dollars to the local currency as the kids like to see money from different countries. They have quite the collection as their Uncle is in the Navy and has given them various currencies from his worldly travels. Where is best to do this? After buying souvenirs can I just ask for the local currency in change?

    Can you all walk me through the airport procedure on arrival? Get off the plane, then immigration, customs, duty-free (to buy our 2 liters of liquor), bathroom to change into cooler attire and then the taxi stand??
    What about the way back procedure?
    I know that flying in/out on a Saturday is not ideal, especially for departure. Arrive at least three hours before we leave...correct? I want to be the one who knows what to do/where to go in the airport, even though I have never been before.

    Is a hot/cold reusable beverage container a necessity? I almost picked one up today but alas...decided against it..now debating over purchase.


    Thanks much!
    ~Delphi

    PS: I am sure I will think of more ?'s

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    Welcome to forum! Congrats on your first upcoming trip you will have so much fun. As far as a purse goes, I bring a small purse at night just for a little cash for casino or shopping plus my room key. I stay at an all inclusive resort and find that many ladies never have purses with them at night, not sure what they do with their room keys. Maybe I should just plan better and wear outfits with pockets to put my key

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    I just use my daily one when I'm here-it isn't very big, but it isn't tiny. It holds everything I need.

    Pretty much you get off the plane and go through the procedure you outlined. You may be able to change while waiting for your luggage-it all depends on how busy it is.

    Going back you go through Aruba's customs/immigration and security. Once you are done you go through an area with shops, then you go into US area and repeat the procedure.You do have to pick up your luggage first and then put in back on a belt before going through US TSA. Someone else maybe able to give you more details-I just go through but don't always remember the order. Kinda habit now.

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    Does my 'man purse' count....?

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    If I use a bag it’s just a very small crossbody phone type bag. It’s just large enough for my phone in the outside pocket and cash and key in the zippered compartment. It weighs hardly anything so it’s perfect.

    Dealing with having to change to warm weather clothes would be too much of a hassle for me. I generally just wear a pair of denim capris and a short sleeve pullover on the plane.

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    lucky you...5 days!

    do not bother converting, just pocket the change that you will get at the grocery store OR trade in $5 (US) to aruba florins.
    make certain to pick up a .50 square coin

    the bathroom comes BEFORE duty free and aruba customs.

    i carry a large vera bradley bad on travel days that is large enough to hold my ipad, wallet, travel docs, toiletry bag.
    the bag that i carry evenings is a small cross body vera bradly, about the size that will hold my wallet and my iphone 6s+ and car keys.

    go back and get the travel mug.
    it is a good way to keep ice as ice.

    leave the 3 hours for the saturday aruba airport procedures.
    it is a pain, but it is bette than having to go thru US customs at your arrival airport.

    have fun!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Delphi35 View Post
    Hello again to you all!
    5 days to go!

    So a few questions....ladies..do you bring a purse? I saw a fanny pack mentioned but that is not my style. If no purse, what do you carry stuff around in? Small backpack perhaps?

    Even though not necessary, I do want to convert a few US dollars to the local currency as the kids like to see money from different countries. They have quite the collection as their Uncle is in the Navy and has given them various currencies from his worldly travels. Where is best to do this? After buying souvenirs can I just ask for the local currency in change?

    Can you all walk me through the airport procedure on arrival? Get off the plane, then immigration, customs, duty-free (to buy our 2 liters of liquor), bathroom to change into cooler attire and then the taxi stand??
    What about the way back procedure?
    I know that flying in/out on a Saturday is not ideal, especially for departure. Arrive at least three hours before we leave...correct? I want to be the one who knows what to do/where to go in the airport, even though I have never been before.

    Is a hot/cold reusable beverage container a necessity? I almost picked one up today but alas...decided against it..now debating over purchase.


    Thanks much!
    ~Delphi

    PS: I am sure I will think of more ?'s

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    ps....make sure you get some real aruban souvenirs (not the made in china/taiwan/india chatchki stuff)

    some souvenirs to consider

    aruba's hands jewelry, hot sauce, aruba aloe products, stuff from the local shops...painted tiles, enlarged photos etc

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    My wife carries a small backpack during the day if we're shopping or sightseeing. Most of the time at night I am the keeper of the cash and key. I gotta agree with Peg, changing in the airport would be a huge hassle. Not sure where you're flying from, but you should try to wear something that will make it to the hotel, you'll only be in the heat for a few minutes at a time up till then. A really different souvenir is a personalized Aruba license plate from Scott's Brats in Palm Beach. The brat's and vodka lemonades are pretty good too. If you're thinking of getting a license plate try to order as soon as you can, they take 3 days to come in.

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    Another trick I use is to travel in layers-tee shirt with zip up hoodie for the plane with yoga pants or jeans. I keep sandals in my carry on and change while waiting for the luggage. I always keep a set of hot weather clothing in my carry on just incase their is an issue with the luggage.

    I always bring my reusable water bottle wether flying or driving. To me it is a must.

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    Thanks all for the tips.

    We are flying from Minnesota and I plan on dressing in layers, but I am a freeze baby. Yoga pants, sneakers, tank top, t-shirt and sweater on the plane. Will have my flip flops in my carry-on and will change and take off some layers when we arrive.

    I will pick up a thermos and one for the hubby too. We are bringing a beach bag and small soft sided cooler. My purse is a large leather one which I imagine is too large/hot/ heavy to use down there. So I will pick up a small cross-body. I plan on bringing a backpack on the plane, but again too large for daily use. I have been known to put a room key and a few bucks in the brassiere. But I don't want to be digging around in there after a few drinks...haha.

    Yes, souvenirs will be Aruban ones. I told my kids they are going to get a t-shirt apiece that says, "My parents went to Aruba and all I got was this lousy t-shirt." They were not amused. They are girls ages 9 and 10, so authentic jewelry may be the ticket.

    We do plan on Scott's Brats at least once, probably more. He is originally from Wisconsin, right? So we will have to say hello from the Midwest, the land of ice and snow. We just got a bunch more last night, so 2 hour late start for schools. UGH!

    ~Delphi

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