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Any suggestions good (cheap) stuff to put in the welcome bag?

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#31 sohappy

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    Posted 19 January 2008 - 11:04 PM

    When I was an OOT guest, my bag (which was given per couple)
    was given to me when I checked-in to the hotel.

    It was great to have advil, for the next-day hangover or sunburn and snacks (chips/nuts) to hold us over until dinner while we were getting ready. The gum helped out when we ran out of our own stock and too lazy to find some.

    #32 driftaway

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      Posted 20 January 2008 - 02:42 AM

      Cherielee had a wonderful idea for an OOT favor. She posted pictures in the thread;
      OOT Bag Stuffer dated on 01-13-2008

      She found pre-made sample travel bags at Wal-mart. As soon as I saw her picture I wanted them. I want down to my Wal-mart and sure enough they had both the male and female travel kits.

      Also a lot of other sample kits (Q-Tips, Sun Lotion, Band-aids)

      I'm going to take out "their" label and replace with something more appropiate. I also opened them up and added razors, lip gloss, tide to go pens, scope ect...

      #33 juanslake

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        Posted 20 January 2008 - 01:51 PM

        Originally Posted by FutureMrs.L
        For my sister's wedding, she created a cd of their songs and burnt individual copies for each bag. She also put seashell winestoppers in the bags. Candy, gum, chapstick, and sunscreen. What she did is when everyone who was going to be there for the wedding was actually there (which was the night before) We all had dinner together and she handed out the bags there and gave the bridesmaids and grooms gifts out as well. Hope this helps!
        That's a good Idea! I can burn some good Reggae CD's. That way they can pop it in a be reminded of the great time at our wedding! And that's cheap!

        #34 Sarah from Birmingham

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          Posted 21 January 2008 - 12:48 AM

          My fiance and I are very concerned about the overfishing trends, so we are putting "seafood guides" in the OOT bags (along with all the normal fun stuff). These little pocket guides inform people what kind of fish and seafood are considered "good" to eat, either because they are fished in a sustainable environment or are low in Mercury. It also identifies seafood to avoid, such as Chilean Sea Bass and Pacific Cod. It's a passion of ours, and we thought it was appropriate since people often like to eat seafood in the Caribbean. Best of all, they are available free from the Monterrey Bay Aquarium. You can request large quantities of them online.
          Monterey Bay Aquarium: Seafood Watch Program - A Consumer's Guide to Sustainable Seafood

          #35 BarefootBride

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            Posted 21 January 2008 - 01:04 AM

            Originally Posted by MrsInTraining
            Did you get it recently? Is it the trial/mini size? Just wondering if it's worth the trip to Wal-mart before the weather starts to warm up; I'm not sure if they sell "summer stuff" in my area before it starts to warm up.
            Yep it was in December. About 99cents each by banana boat. How many guest? If you need alot I would go to ebay or minimus.biz

            #36 BarefootBride

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              Posted 21 January 2008 - 01:07 AM

              I will be at my destination before my guest so I plan to give it to them once they get off the boat! Or since the resort is so small, I might just put them on the front porch of their bungalow/bure.

              #37 nylalany

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                Posted 21 January 2008 - 01:14 AM

                Barefoot Bride - Can I come to your wedding? A coworker of mine honeymooned at Qamea and said it was AMAZING. I'm looking for a honeymoon spot (in Fiji maybe), but we wanted somewhere with surfing...

                #38 BarefootBride

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                  Posted 21 January 2008 - 01:21 AM

                  Originally Posted by nylalany
                  Barefoot Bride - Can I come to your wedding? A coworker of mine honeymooned at Qamea and said it was AMAZING. I'm looking for a honeymoon spot (in Fiji maybe), but we wanted somewhere with surfing...
                  YES!! Of course you can come to my wedding! My friend who just got married will be honeymooning there during our wedding. Which is really neat. I know they have wind surfing gear there but not sure about the surf scene but I hear the diving is unbelievable!

                  What else did your coworker say about Qamea? Von and I are really big on small private island type of resorts (Phuket, Thailand is a must) and I am really really big on customer service.

                  #39 nylalany

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                    Posted 29 January 2008 - 12:27 PM

                    Well I promised my fiance we'd surf so I don't know if we'll end up at Qamea. My coworker said it was amazing, beautiful, private and amazing. He LOVED it.

                    You sound like you travel a lot - so any other suggestions would be welcome!

                    #40 SheaS

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                      Posted 29 January 2008 - 04:14 PM

                      A few suggestions about the OOT bags.. coming from me and my guests:
                      I don't recommend spending money on things such as razors, toothbrushes, deodorant, lotion etc... Unless you give them their bags before they leave. The main reason is that if your guests are leaving home for 4-7 nights, they will pack their own stuff.
                      Sunscreen is another item... Coming from winter skin (MN), everyone in my group had already brought their own sunscreen. They were appreciative of the aloe though!
                      Things I do recommend are the sample size advil, tums etc. And, my guests really appreciated their can coolers, umbrellas (I got these last minute because of the forecast and they came in handy the last day- $1.00 at the Dollar Tree), gum, and BANDAIDS! I recommend everyone put bandaids or blister pads in everyone's bags.
                      EDR is a huge resort, plus there is a dress code. So, everyone was wearing heels and new sandals etc., so everyone had bandaids on their feet by the end of the trip.
                      A couple of my guests brought their own travel mugs, and EVERYONE wished they had one. This is something I definately would do if I could do it over. Especiallly if you are staying at an AI.
                      And, then I gave everyone a volleyball sized beach ball which worked great for playing with in the pool- they "float" in the air better than a normal vb, so it made it a little more easier to play.
                      Some of our guest wished they would have brought underwater cameras since they were at least $20.00 where we were.... so that may be an option.
                      I guess I just recommend buying things that you know your guests won't be bringing themselves!

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