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Going to the Dominican Republic in a month and it will be my first international paddling trip. Any hints or tips from the more experienced? Things to bring I might otherwise forget? I'm taking my shredder so I don't have to worry about flying with a kayak, but am wondering how to get paddles in my luggage. Doubt they'll fit in my large duffel and don't want to pay for an extra bag.
 

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Take nothing more than a shorty drytop - if that. You get two check in bags - if you HAVE to take your paddle put it in a surfboard bag. You will not need more than one duffel bag of clothes or anything else. You can normally put two peoples clothes into one duffel bag on the way down, leaving the other persons two bags empty and full of duty free liquour on the way back. Leave anything that you do not want stolen in America, nothing of sentimental or real financial value i.e. jewelery.

One of the biggest mistakes of going "Down South" is people pack too much. It's warm weather, and you can wear the same thing day in day out, except boxers of course, you're not there to impress anyone. As long as you smile, wave, and at least try to speak their language the locals will be impressed with you - dirty/smelly clothes and all , unless you're a prick.

Take any t-shirts that you no longer wear to give to the local kids. No mater the size. And stickers. Ecspecially if the stickers or shirts have any thing to do with surfing or kayaking. It's worth going and spending ten bucks on stickers before going. They eat that shit up. IMHO

Have fun, enjoy, be safe!
 

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If you get the runs, don't take anything like Immodium that is designed to stop it. It can be dangerous, very dangerous.

If your body gets a bacteria and tries to flush it out, let it flush it out. Trying to stop diarhea is giving the bacteria a home to breed and grow in.
 

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Don't display expensive electronics such as IPods or cameras. Don't wear anything saying USA or sporting an American Flag. I know some people who have a Canadian Maple leaf stitched to their backpack to avoid possible political conflicts with the locals.
 
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People with Golf bags don't pay extra I don't think for luggage. You may want to see if you could borrow something of that nature to hide the paddles. I would have to disagree with the shorty only clothing.

When I went to Costa Rica I got eaten alive by some sort of Horse Fly while boating in the jungle. You might want to think about protection of that nature. I think in one of the twitch videos they boat down in the Dominican Republic. Might give you an idea of what different rivers entail.
 

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Keep the legs covered while on the river. I came back from Ecuador with bites from some river critters all the way around my legs just above the booties. :shock:

Have fun!
 

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Douse your food in lime juice...helps kill bacteria. In Mexico I rely on a shot of tequilla and a pepto tablet before every dinner and a shot after dinner for good measure. Has worked well in the past. I swear that Airborne stuff helps too. 100% deet, there's just no substitute for me. US $20's for emergencies, they're universally accepted across the globe.

Perhaps a break-down paddle? Good advice on stickers and logo tees above.

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You can put your paddles in a ski bag. We did this on a Costa Rica trip a few years ago - no problems. We also stuffed all our gear in our boats, and put them in boat bags. I've still got the bag if you want to borrow.
 

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Man, don't wear a Canadian flag. Dear Lord. Be proud of who you are and show that America has quality people by being a quality person and not a FAKE.
 

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If you are worried about boat weight and about breaking paddles, use a SporTube (hard case for skiis - www.sportube.com). we stuffed 5-6 bent shaft paddles in the double case and some gear on a few different international trips. no arguments, no questions. funny thing... the day we were leaving small world last year, some folks showed up with broken paddles eyeballing our ski case... food for thought.

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When I take my inflatable I carry 2 take apart paddles,a four piece is nice but a 2 piece 210 barely fits in the duffel,if you break or lose a paddle your'e not likelely to find anything other than a sea kayak or canoe paddle.What do you paddle a Shredder with anyway ,kayak or raft paddle? I don't even take a drytop{to the tropics} just wear a rash guard to keep from getting sunburnt and eaten alive by bugs, do take my bomber pants for bushwhacking.Carry your clothes in a small daypack,you can carry on,or everything will reek like river booties and be damp,stuff doesn't dry very fast in the humid climate.
Take some minimal patch kit,but this might invite scrutiny because it's chemicals. It can get chilly at night take clothes you can layer. Leave the Rolex and palm pilot at home. Dry the boat good or it might weigh too much, Wear an ' i didn't vote for him" tee shirt,jk.
Have Fun!!Keep it wrapped ,Haiti's on the same island!

ps one of those water bottles with katydyn filter works out real well
 

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i use a raft paddle in the shredder. it's like c1ing, but with no offside strokes or roll, so definitely not the easiest way to get down the river, but i have fun. also easy to fly with and i'll be paddling it with my girlfriend for a couple days, too. i'll probably try and take 4 paddles. i thought i saw t grips to make two breakdown raft paddles out of a carlisle kayak paddle, but i don't know where.

i've heard the DR has colder water than one might think. thanks for telling me to keep my paddling gear separate from my other clothes. i'd have stunk worse than usual the whole time!
 

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Don't plan on buying any essential gear once you arrive. You might be able to, but you also might not. Pack you gear so they can't tell what it is from the outside (or disguise as surfboard) and smile when you check in. Asking for special permission ahead of time invites surcharges and/or refusal of service. Airline employees like nice, friendly, professional-looking peope with luggage that looks familiar.

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put your paddles in a ski bag

ski bags are free and paddles fit into them nicely.

they just might think it's a little odd trying to ski in D.R.
 
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