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- Mosquito Net and/or Mosquito Repellant
2. Quick Dry Travel Towel
The purpose of the quick dry travel towel is two fold. One, there are lots and lots of beaches in Cartagena! There’s a few on mainland Colombia and also tons of islands. If you’re heading to the beach, you’ll need a towel to dry off. But who wants to lug a heavy wet towel home after a day of fun? Ta-da…that’s where the quick dry towel comes in. It’s lightweight, it dries you off quickly and then it dries quickly too. Perfect for a day at Bocagrande or Islas del Rosario! And the second purpose of the quick dry towel is to discreetly wipe away the sweat that you will accumulate while exploring the city. It is incredibly hot and humid there, so it’s best to come prepared for the worst by bringing along a towel to keep the dripping sweat to a minimum.
3. Pocket Hand Wash
These handy dandy pocket hand wash leaves were probably made with Colombia in mind. Why, you ask? Well lots of bathrooms in Colombia are very, very basic. And by that I mean, some don’t have soap, toilet paper, or even toilet seats (especially in the more rural areas farther from the city). But at the end of the day, you still gotta go! And to keep your hygiene on the up and up, you’ll have to think ahead. Come prepared no matter where you are headed by packing some toilet paper and pocket hand wash in your day pack. You’ll be glad you did.
4. Comfy Sandals
If you’ll be doing a lot of walking outside, best get yourself a pair of sandals that won’t make you want to chop your feet off by the end of the day. Regular tennis shoes with socks will leave your feet hot and sweaty, and cute sandals or flip flops will leave you in pain after walking for barely an hour. The perfect medium to fix both these issues is a sporty sandal that will let you air out and give your foot more support than a flip flop will. We have found Tevas to be our comfy sandal of choice and the two models below are the exact shoes we are traveling with right now!
5. Reusable Water Bottle
If you’ve done a lot of international travel, you might have realized that one of the only places where you can get free water is in the U.S. And as discussed in previous points, Cartagena is extremely hot and humid. To keep from having to buy water constantly or the alternative, getting dehydrated, bring some water with you when you head out for the day. We like to carry our LifeStraw water bottle with us. It filters the water, so we have no problem drinking tap water out of it, meaning we save money and plastic from not having to buy disposable water bottles everyday!
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