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#581 RonNMel

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    Posted 08 May 2011 - 06:18 AM

    We didn't have lots of items in our OOT bags, but here is what was used/not used anyway.

     

    Used:

    -The bags themselves.

    • We gave them out at the airport, and already some people started using them. We saw lots of our guests using them all throughout the week. The only guests who already had their own beach bags were the ones who travel to all-inclusives frequently. We had a choice of plastic or mesh, and plastic was preferred by most.

    - The list of all the guests in our welcome booklet.

    • We all used it to write down all the room numbers, which proved to be very useful throughout the week to call each other.

    - The itinerary in the welcome booklet.

    • People loved to know what was happening when, when they had free days, plus it was a great place for them to write down and keep track of their dinner reservations.

     

    Not used:

    - The stadium cups.

    • We bought too small stadium cups (16oz), and the resort seemed to be using the same size of cups at the pool and beach, so our cups were not very used. I do believe that they did appreciate them anyway, and might use them at home for something. I have a feeling that insulated mugs would have been more of a hit, but the shipping cost to Canada was too much to make it worth it for us. Bigger stadium cups (22oz) would probably have been used more too.

    - The *advice and tips* section of our welcome booklet.

    • It took a while to write it all down, but not many people ended up reading it. It was just too much writing for them to bother with it when they were all so busy chatting with everyone and stuff. Maybe if we had sent the booklets home a week earlier in preparation that section would have been more useful? Or just make it smaller and keep it to the minimum.


    #582 moniwoni

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      Posted 08 May 2011 - 08:08 PM

      your fans look amazing!!


      monica wasser


      #583 ellenj01

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        Posted 08 May 2011 - 08:24 PM

        My FI has a cooler bag that we use all the time...in fact, we often wish we had more than one.  We take them pretty much everywhere we go during the summer (granted we are pretty "outdoor-sy" people...but they are SO useful!)
         

        Originally Posted by Sharon99 

        I was thinking instead of a personalized bag about using cooler bags. Not sure if I could get them personalized but thought it maybe better at least for the guys to use a cooler. You could always use a cooler bag... Anyone think this is a bad idea? I would still put items in them too.



         



        #584 ellenj01

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          Posted 08 May 2011 - 08:30 PM

          Thank you to you and everyone with their great advice!  I'm definitely coming back here when I'm putting my bags together!
           

          Originally Posted by RonNMel 

          We didn't have lots of items in our OOT bags, but here is what was used/not used anyway.

           

          Used:

          -The bags themselves.

          • We gave them out at the airport, and already some people started using them. We saw lots of our guests using them all throughout the week. The only guests who already had their own beach bags were the ones who travel to all-inclusives frequently. We had a choice of plastic or mesh, and plastic was preferred by most.

          - The list of all the guests in our welcome booklet.

          • We all used it to write down all the room numbers, which proved to be very useful throughout the week to call each other.

          - The itinerary in the welcome booklet.

          • People loved to know what was happening when, when they had free days, plus it was a great place for them to write down and keep track of their dinner reservations.

           

          Not used:

          - The stadium cups.

          • We bought too small stadium cups (16oz), and the resort seemed to be using the same size of cups at the pool and beach, so our cups were not very used. I do believe that they did appreciate them anyway, and might use them at home for something. I have a feeling that insulated mugs would have been more of a hit, but the shipping cost to Canada was too much to make it worth it for us. Bigger stadium cups (22oz) would probably have been used more too.

          - The *advice and tips* section of our welcome booklet.

          • It took a while to write it all down, but not many people ended up reading it. It was just too much writing for them to bother with it when they were all so busy chatting with everyone and stuff. Maybe if we had sent the booklets home a week earlier in preparation that section would have been more useful? Or just make it smaller and keep it to the minimum.


           



          #585 muzikgrrl

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            Posted 09 May 2011 - 05:45 PM

            I just read all 59 pages, thanks for all the info.  I'm just starting buy items for my bags.



            #586 aahq45

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              Posted 09 May 2011 - 05:50 PM

              Thank you!  I'm so glad I read this!!  I was going to buy sunscreen to include, but it's a good point that everyone is planning on going to the beach and will already pack their own!  Saved me some $$! :)



              #587 akamikey11

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                Posted 09 May 2011 - 08:03 PM

                Hi ellenj01,

                 

                Can you post a picture of your cooler bag, or provide a link to what it looks like.  I have been trying to figure out what to get the males in my group.

                 

                Thanks,
                 

                Originally Posted by ellenj01 

                My FI has a cooler bag that we use all the time...in fact, we often wish we had more than one.  We take them pretty much everywhere we go during the summer (granted we are pretty "outdoor-sy" people...but they are SO useful!)
                 



                 



                 



                #588 J-me

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                  Posted 09 May 2011 - 08:12 PM

                  Thanks everyone - a really helpful thread with some great ideas!



                  #589 Pinky

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                    Posted 10 May 2011 - 07:11 AM

                    This is an awesome thread, great info!  Thanks for sharing.



                    #590 abrin21

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                      Posted 10 May 2011 - 05:14 PM

                      Thanks to everyone for posting their OOT bag contents! I def have some great ideas for what to include in mine for Key West!






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