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    How much sunscreen do you bring

    For how many days and how many people? It is my husband who does not reapply as often, my 7yo and 5yo and me. I burn horribly. I read somewhere that on average you use 1oz per application. If we reapply 5 times a day between that would be two 10oz bottles a day at 15 full days, there is no way we would use 30 bottles of sunscreen! But how much? And yes I know Aruba has sunscreen and I even like it but would rather not spend the money when I can buy it on sale at home.
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    just bring one or two bottles and if you need more, than buy it in aruba. my husband & I use about a bottle & a half for two weeks. Its no more expensive at lings or superfoods then home. it costs the same. so don't worry about buying it. i can't say the price at the hotels but i stopped bringing it and just buy it there.

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    Ditto..... one to one and a half bottles.

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    Just make sure u apply it often!!!! When u have the nice breeze, you are really frying and you don't really know it. I see sooo many children with BRIGHT red under their eyes. You have to remember at all times: You are very close to the equator so the sun is very hot. The children are in the water and you get a glare off the water. If you don't get the sunscreen under their eyes, they will burn very easy. The most critical days are the first 3 days. If you mess up the first 3 days, it can ruin your vacation!!! You can't believe all the people I see on the beach with 3rd degree burns!!! I see it everyday when in Aruba. Have a great trip. My vote is 3 bottles!!
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    You ARE supposed to use 1 oz. I never bring less than 2 bottles per person, depending upon the number of nights we are there. Usually hedge my bets for 12+ nights and bring 3 - 8oz. bottles per person to be on the safe side.

    We ran out of sunscreen once and the lotion I cannot get at home and have to order online, I found there in the Texaco station for about the same price as home. I still think it was Divine intervention that that exact bottle appeared when it did at the price it did.

    we reapply 5 times a day
    How many days would one bottle last the 3 of you??? 1 day, 2 days? 2 bottles per person is 6 bottles.

    6 bottles at 2 days each is only 12 days. I would rather be safe than sorry, but that is me.

    Your husband is on his own to figure out how much he needs.

    Murphy's Law-- better safe than sorry. You are a MOM so go with your gut instincts.
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    We bring a bottle a day. We also have SPF 45, 30 and 15 with us as an assortment. We buy nothing there except Aruba Aloe if we are low. Also bring a chap stick per person.

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    We take 6 bottles of the spray kind (2 people for one week) I am pretty fair, and we have skin cancer in both of our family histories. I like to buy online from drugstore.com, I usually get pretty good deals. Bull Frog is our favorite. But I pretty much go with what's on sale. Another piece of advice I have is to make sure to have at least one bottle of the rub on lotion type because when you are reapplying in the wind, sometimes the spray doesn't hit your body. I have a funny photo of a sunblock mishap on our first trip to Aruba. I missed one of my legs for one afternoon right before we left and you can see the result. The customs agent got a good laugh on our way home
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    when applying sunblock lotion or spray............we spray down or lather up in the room b4 we put our bathing suits on.
    so, lather up or spray the kids down well, first thing in morning and a few more times throughout the day.

    we live in FLA and go to the pool for 3 hours a day. some days when we play water volleyball we are there for 4.5 hrs.
    on average we go thru 1 large aerosol can of #30 and 1 bottle of #15 lotion every week.
    we use so much that we buy the cheap walgreens or target or aldis no name brands.
    and dh wears a hat with a brim and i wear a visor.

    on lips we use a panama jack #45 lip balm which we also goop onto our ears.

    there is not 1 brand out there that does not cause me to break out on my face. i have tried practically every brand.
    even the aerosol and oil free products cause white bumps. (aruba aloe products, zinc oxide, copper tone, generics, panama jack, bullfrog, neutrogena, no ad, banana boat etc)
    now, i do without on my face, but have taken to wearing a visor and large sunglasses.

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    Slightly off topic, but I read a study this week that rated Target Brand as one of the best brands as far as standing up to testing and doing its job as labelled.
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    you are right traceyd
    target brand is very good.
    their #45 goes on nice, is not greasy and not drying.

    my huge issue is "drying" being in the pool for as long as i am daily, i get really scaly.
    almost ashy looking.
    i find the best stuff for dry skin as an "after sun" lotion is original nivea in the blue jar or bath and body works coconut lime cream.
    never ever use nivea as a sun lotion.
    omg it is a magnifier and causes you to FRY!

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