Packing for Roatan...
Things to Do and Remember
Here are a few 'Packing Thoughts' that we have learned on our trips to Roatan...
If you have pills that you take daily, make sure you keep them in 'airtight containers'. I put my blood pressure medication in one of those 7 day plastic containers and by the 3rd day on Roatan, all my pills had swelled to over 2 times their original size. The humidity was absorbed into the pills. I can't hardly 'choke down' a normal size pill, let alone ones that are twice the normal size. Needless to say, I spent a week without taking my blood pressure meds. But the trip was so relaxing and enjoyable that I didn't even notice.
There are 'Sand Fleas' on the beaches. We haven't had any problem, but I have seen people in the airport lobby, waiting to catch their flight back home, with what seems like hundreds of itching, red 'bites' on their legs. I would comment about them and they have all said "it was still all worth it to come to Roatan". I guess some people are more prone to the sand flea bites than others. Something to do with their 'chemistry' I guess. We have heard that Avon Skin-So-Soft is a good deterrent. Also, they sell 'Cactus Juice' on Roatan which is effective also. However, West Bay Beach is 'raked' daily and that disturbs any sand fleas and dries out the top layer of sand so they do not survive.
There are a few mosquito's on the beaches, not of any real consequence. 'Skeeters' are deterred by any product that has 'Deet' in it. However, at West Bay Beach, there is a daily 'fogging' to eliminate most of them.
Make sure you have some high number UV Sunblock on hand at all times as the Sun does not feel really hot. But after several hours Snorkeling, You Will Be Cooked!! And a raw sunburn will make your remaining Vacation pretty miserable. You don't want to miss out on a minute of what Roatan has to offer.
- There are some items that are 'illegal' and/or 'restricted' from leaving Roatan. The latest that I have read concerns anything to do with coral is illegal. Conch Shells and, for some reason, Hammocks are 'restricted'. Do not have these items in your 'carry-on' as they will be confiscated. The immigration authorities even have signs indicating do not put the restricted items in your carry-on because when they are searched prior to your out-bound flight, they will take them. My wifes sister and mom 'recycled' a conch shell they bought as they had it in their 'carry-on'. I'm sure some other 'Turista' will be buying it again soon. Hopefully they will put it in their 'Checked Baggage' or else it will be 'recycled' again.
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