Puerto Rico

5 Tips on How to Prepare for Your Trip to Puerto Rico

Longing for a leisurely stroll along the beach, squeezing wet white sand between your toes? Are you yearning to thoughtfully watch the day's last rays of sunlight turn the Caribbean into a golden hued paradise? Yeah, you're ready for a Puerto Rico vacation.

It doesn't matter if you're sitting at home in the 90 degree August heat or huddling under a blanket in the middle of January, any time of the year is a great time for Puerto Rico travel. This is a tropical Eden filled with lush green foliage and brilliantly colored flowers, with cavernous mountain ranges and warm waters the deepest blue. This is where the locals are friendly and relaxation comes naturally. While Puerto Rico is a warm sun-baked paradise nearly year-round, there are some considerations to be taken when planning your trip. Here are five tips on how to prepare for your trip to Puerto Rico.

Preparing for Your Trip to Puerto Rico - Tip No. 1

Pack proper clothing. While it's true that you'll probably be wearing as little as possible during your visit to Puerto Rico, there may be times when you need to dress accordingly. For instance, if you plan to take a tour of the region's vast subterranean network of caves, then you'll want to make sure you bring some clothes along for that experience. Likewise, if you plan to hike the verdant rainforests found in Puerto Rico, then a pair of comfortable hiking boots are a must. If you only plan to lounge around and eat Puerto Rico food, that may be another thing. Just remember, the last thing you want to do is buy a brand new pair of hiking boots for the trip or you'll be sun tanning your blisters the following day.

The hurricane season in Puerto Rico runs from June to November, so if you're planning on visiting during those months, you may have a better chance of experiencing some tropical rainfall, so pack some wet weather gear in your suitcase. You'll also want to remember there are fine dining establishments like The Vineyard Room in San Juan where proper attire is a must.

Preparing for Your Trip to Puerto Rico - Tip No. 2

Prepare a personal first aid kit. Bring along a small kit containing first aid materials like Band-Aids, ChapStick, some antibiotic ointment, an ace bandage and a roll of white medical tape. If you require anything other than those items, then you should probably seek medical attention. With the physical activities available in Puerto Rico, you don't want a cut or a bruise slowing you down!

Preparing for Your Trip to Puerto Rico - Tip No. 3

Remember the essentials. You're visiting an island where the sun is nearly a constant companion, so don't forget the sunscreen and sunglasses to take with you to the Puerto Rico beaches. You'll also want to make sure you pack anything that can help you pass the time if a storm does happen to arrive, like a good book or other entertainment options. The book can help pass the time on any of the many cheap flights to Puerto Rico as well.

Preparing for Your Trip to Puerto Rico - Tip No. 4

If you take medications and your prescriptions are in need of a refill, make sure you remember to have it filled before you leave for vacation. Some pharmacies may give you a difficult time if you're going to be on vacation when your prescription runs out. They may refuse to fill the refill early. For this situation, you may need to talk to the pharmacy's manager and show him your reservation plans or get your doctor to speak to the pharmacy. This could take a few days for them to get this ironed out, so don't wait until the last minute before taking care of this.

Preparing for Your Trip to Puerto Rico - Tip No. 5

Get your finances in order before you leave. If you're taking a week long vacation to Puerto Rico, make sure your financial obligations at home are taken care of before you leave. The last thing you want to do is come home to no electricity or phone service. While you may want as much expendable cash for your vacation, it pays to have your finances in order before you leave, so you can free your mind of worry while you're relaxing on the beach.

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