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Playa del Carmen Packing Checklist

Published on December 29, 2014 by admin

At last the moment has arrived! You’ve been anticipating it all winter. Your sunny Caribbean vacation is only days away. Flights are booked and your beautiful beachfront condo is ready for your arrival.

You haul out your suitcase from storage, dig through your summer clothes, and start packing…

Every year my family visits the Mayan Riviera at least once. For our first trip, in 2000, we brought way too much stuff! Now we’ve learned to keep it simple and light. After all, a beach vacation shouldn’t be complicated.

The important stuff:

  • Travel documents (Passport, boarding passes, driver’s license, travel insurance documents, condo confirmation for check-in)
  • Copies of any prescriptions or medications

Carry-on bag:

  • All travel documents
  • Swimsuit and a change of clothes (just in case your luggage is delayed)
  • Chargers for electronics
  • Mexican Pesos
  • iPod and earbuds
  • Moisturizing lotion, tissue, chewing gum for the flight
  • Spanish/English phrasebook
  • Sunglasses
  • Pen (to fill out your entrance visa for Immigration)

Beach basics:

  • Backpack or beach tote
  • Waterproof, biodegradable sunblock (30 spf or higher)
  • Good footwear (for climbing ruins, walking through town)
  • Flip flops, sandals, water shoes, at least 1 pair of dress shoes
  • Wide-brimmed hat or cap
  • Snorkel gear & underwater camera
  • For the ladies: Sun dresses, capris, shorts, beach wrap or sarong, cardigan, lightweight or waterproof makeup, lip balm, spray-in conditioner (the humidity and salt water is tough on hair!)
  • For the gents: Khakis, linen or cotton pants, shorts, golf shirts, light jacket or hoody, shaving kit
  • Sunglasses & swimsuits (several pairs)
  • Personal toiletry items

For longer stays:

All the Rentals Your Way properties have on-site laundry facilities. (Your condo may even have its own washer & dryer.) Several of the vacation rentals also provide blow dryers, and complimentary shampoo, conditioner and lotion.

Leave your jeans at home—they’re bulky and too hot for the climate. Be careful about bringing expensive jewelry. Lock up any valuables in the safe in your vacation condo. Unless you like to jog or plan on doing a serious hike, you won’t need your running shoes. (Sandals or barefoot on the beach all the way!)

Always save space in your suitcase for souvenirs! My go-to gifts are Mexican coffee, tequila or vanilla. You can also find colorful pottery, beautifully woven scarves and garments.

Why not turn on a little music (cue Zac Brown Band or Jimmy Buffett), blend up a margarita, and get packing for your vacation!

Submitted by Kelly G.

Photo credit Miriam Testa

Category: Travel Tips