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saucey
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August 12, 2011 12:21 am  

...It goes without saying...CASH! But what else?

I would like to add:
1). A car battery inverter. WAPA goes out all the time. Have a back-up source. The biggest complaint during an outage or storm is how hot it gets. Bring one of those Power Packs. You can run a fan & TV for hours.
2). A battery operated fan. Gallows Bay had some a year ago, I bought one. They put out good circulation, and then you don't have to use an invertet/Power Pack.
3). A stock pile of your favorite ethnic cooking ingredients. It's doubtful you will find much here.


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Linda J
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August 12, 2011 11:31 am  

I always tell people to bring anything they cannot live without.


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IslandHops
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August 12, 2011 11:42 am  

Bring a positive attitude, good humor, patience, and most importantly your sweetie. I wouldn't enjoy life here without mine. 😎


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MistB'Haven
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August 12, 2011 11:26 pm  

@IslandHops - Love that! 😎


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LItoVI
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August 13, 2011 3:23 pm  

IslandHops, I left my sweetie in the states and as much as I love it here already, I know I'd be happier with him here!


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VIsnorkeler
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August 13, 2011 4:09 pm  

I don't know about St Croix, but if you are coming to St John or St Thomas, a good backpack!


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Hiya!
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August 13, 2011 4:41 pm  

I'm on stx and I'm going to bite an ask why a backpack in particular?


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STXBob
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August 13, 2011 5:01 pm  

I would bring clothes from the states. End of summer sales are a good time to shop. The selection and prices in the VI may not be to your liking.


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JoeyBallgame
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August 13, 2011 11:12 pm  

Sunscreen & bug spray if you like being outside quite a bit.


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Juanita
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August 13, 2011 11:51 pm  

Sunscreen & bug spray if you like being outside quite a bit.

Guys, just for the record.....we have sunscreen and bug spray. Probably about .50 more per bottle.

By all means, bring what you want to make your life easier, but if you are making the commitment to live here, well, we have everything you need to be quite comfy, seriously, we do!

There are occasionally items that are hard to find, or even impossible, but that's where the Internet comes in handy. There really isn't a list of things you MUST bring with or do without. We really do have health and beauty aids, house wares, even electronics and techy-stuff! We even have sheets....lol. (sheets always make the most wanted list)

Keep a relative, or good friend, back in the states to supplement anything you simply can't find here. "If it fits, it ships.", according to the USPS!:)


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JoeyBallgame
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August 14, 2011 12:58 am  

Juanita, I was kidding of course.

My comment was merely that of, there is plenty of sun during the day & bugs at night, so be prepared.

I have family & friends stateside that will ship me anything I need, which the only purchase thus far is a media box sold at Best Buy. My roommates have one, so once I get mine, I will have about 1100 movies & tv shows in a tiny thing smaller than a DVD player that hooks right up to my tv & I will have so many movies & shows on there that I couldn't even get through them all if I stayed in for a month straight & watched nothing but tv night & day.

Cheers!


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August 14, 2011 11:10 am  

joeyballgame, is that a Roku that you have? if so how do you like it


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August 14, 2011 11:41 am  

Toilet paper.

If they ask I always tell first-time visitors to bring some--it doesn't weigh much and it keeps the whole "Gilligan's Island" image alive in their minds a bit longer. It's better that people arrive with primitive notions and be pleasantly surprised than be disappointed by the reverse.


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mgpilot
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August 14, 2011 12:55 pm  

Crystal Light! Anytime hubby's near a Walmart I have him fill a box. 🙂

SunnyCaribe -- that's a riot!! LOL!


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onthespot
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August 14, 2011 2:25 pm  

LOL @ SunnyCaribe!!! So true!


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JoeyBallgame
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August 14, 2011 2:41 pm  

Crystal Light! Anytime hubby's near a Walmart I have him fill a box. 🙂

SunnyCaribe -- that's a riot!! LOL!

I shipped a box of it down to myself before I moved here.

I'll do the same the next time I am Statside.


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JoeyBallgame
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August 14, 2011 2:45 pm  

joeyballgame, is that a Roku that you have? if so how do you like it

This is the one I am getting.....
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Western+Digital+-+My+Book+Live+1TB+External+Home+Network+Drive+-+Black/1258302.p?skuId=1258302&id=1218243753488


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saucey
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August 14, 2011 3:41 pm  

A bread machine. I haven't found one available on STX.


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SunnyCaribe
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August 15, 2011 3:07 pm  

I recall seeing bread machines at both kmart and GBH on STX although it's been a long time since I last thought to notice. Have you tried either of those places? (GBH has some of its kitchen appliances at the appliance store building...it's worth checking there too.)


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STXBob
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August 15, 2011 5:08 pm  

saucey: What are "the times" that you refer to in the subject? The recession? The 21st century? Something else?


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saucey
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August 15, 2011 10:17 pm  

Rising WAPA rates, soon-to-be higher sea transit rates, all too many WAPA outages, the high cost of certain items in the territory vs costs stateside, new money-saving gadgets, etc..


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