Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences and Youngstown State University
SAN SALVADOR TRAVEL BASICS 101: THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
San Salvador, Bahamas
PASSPORT IS REQUIRED
IF YOU FILL UP A SMALL SUITACSE, YOU PROBABLY PACKED TOO MUCH
DONT WORRY, BE HAPPY
Seriously, you can expect mid 80s, partly cloudy weather during the day with clear skies and low 70s weather at night. A couple pair of shorts, some short sleeve shirts, disposable tennis shoes or Teva-type sandals, swimsuit, 1 pair of jeans, 1 long sleeve shirt, underwear, a windbreaker, 2 beach towels, sheets and pillowcase is all youll really need. It is possible that we will encounter warm rain, so a poncho or waterproof windbreaker may be a good idea. There are a few occasions where a little dressing up is appropriate. Sun dresses, slacks, and dress shirts are considered formal attire in San Salvador. We will be on or near the beach every day so snorkeling is strongly encouraged.
SAN SALVADOR PREPARATION AND PACKING LIST
PASSPORT: All international travel from the United States requires a passport. Go to the US State Department website and click on the “passports” link for full information. If this is your first passport, you will need an official birth certificate for processing. Forms are filled out on-line to be printed and may be dropped off at your local post office. A passport photo is also required
CASH: You will need $50 for baggage fees ($25 each way), $10 deposit at GRC, as well as spending money while on the island (NO CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS); students usually take $200-$300.
LUGGAGE: Limit yourself to one small to medium suitcase airlines are enforcing a 50# limit and charge for all checked bags. A day pack is good accessory to bring for day use on the island and for packing souvenirs. SUN SCREEN & BUG SPRAY are essential to survival!!
Sun screen and bug spray (spray-on sunscreen, and stick sun screen are recommended)
Teva-type sandals are perhaps the best footwear for the island. Close-toed shoes are required.
Jeans for the evening and cave exploring
Shorts and short sleeve shirts for most daily adventures
Something warm to sleep in case the evenings get a bit too cool
HAT the sun is much more intense than it is in Ohio.
If you are fair skinned, bring protective clothing. Lightweight cotton is the best.
The field station has coin-operated washing machines. You will need to provide your own laundry detergent, powder packets are best.
MASK, FINS, SNORKEL, and optional SNORKELER SAFTEY VEST
CAMERA Bring extra film or data cards, these are very expensive or non-existent on the island.
WATERPROOF FLASHLIGHT, headlamps are recommended for cave exploration and night walking.
MECHANICAL PENCILS, as well as calculators, small ruler, and erasers
BENEDRYLL OR SIMILAR PRODUCT: There are plants and bugs that may bother your skin.
GOOD INSECT REPELLANT (Deep Woods Off works the best)
BED LINENS: Twin size mattress sheets and standard pillowcase.
PERSONAL TOILETRY (towel, soap etc.), shower shoes are suggested
HAT: If youre really sun sensitive, consider a full brim hat.
Handkerchiefs or scarves to protect your necks
Large binder clips
Cell phone cases
MONEY: On average, students take $300 spending money. Almost everything is paid for. However, if you want to walk down to Winstons for a soda, buy munchies or a tee shirt at the snack stand, buy souvenirs, or anything else, bring some small denomination bills (tens and twentys). The Bahamian money is valued the same as US currency and US currency is accepted at all establishments. CREDIT CARDS ARE NOT ACCEPTED ON SAN SALVADOR. A role of quarters may come in handy for the Field Station pop machine and the washing machines.
The Gerace Research Center also provides a packet with information about facilities and other important details, which can be found by following this link: Student Group Information Packet