Packing for a day stop on Cozumel
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Swimwear, of course. Water shoes are not needed
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen is essential for fair skinned people like me
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are planning on snorkeling from the beach, bring your own mask and fin unless you don't mind using a rental
Miscellaneous: US Dollars are widely accepted especially around the cruise ship docks. You may get change in pesos.
Drivers license if you want to rent a moped or Jeep or other type of car.
Bring skin protection lotion
Luggage and bags: Just a backpack and a plastic bag to carry your wet towels and bathing suit. Also, don't forget to bring a lock.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bathing suit, towels and spare clothes. Snorkelling gears and diving gears if you have.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Shampoo, conditioner and soap
Photo Equipment: Camera and under water camera
- Family Travel
- Diving and Snorkeling
Purchase before you arrive!
Luggage and bags: A backpack is a must if you're out and about on the island.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Poncho/umbrella (sporadic precipitation)
Pants, sleeved shirts, closed-toe shoes (some activities are in the jungle)
Photo Equipment: Camera of course! Beautiful scenery on every side of the island.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Water/swim shoes (rocky coastline)
Miscellaneous: If you bring nothing else...
Mosquitoes are vicious (even if you are accustomed to them). You will pay more if you buy on the island or at attrractions.
It's the only kind allowed on some parts of the island.
- Hiking and Walking
- Diving and Snorkeling
Luggage and bags: Small soft side bags because either you have to go on small planes or on a ferry boat.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Whether you are staying in town and diving, or at a resort - bathing suits. I also recommend good walking shoes for walking around the town. And shoes to wear in the sand or at the beach. Also light weight breathable clothing preferably 100% cotton, but not heavy jeans. Shorts, especially for men. A good wide brimmed hat (mine is hung on the top left of the mirror).
Photo 5 shows approriate clothing for a man.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Definitely sunscreen. Bob usually wears a hat, but when he was doing the scuba course, he was standing in the water and the top of his head got burned. (see photo 3)
Photo Equipment: If you are diving, you need a dive camera (which is the yellow thing on the bed in the second photo). I have another one now, but if you find mine in a Cozumel cave, I'd love to have it back. Photo of a diver taking pictures in photo 4.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are going to dive, then you need your scuba gear although people usually rent weights and you probably can't bring tanks with you either. Also a dive skin is a good idea - not that the water is cold enough to need thermal protection, but a dive skin will protect you from the sun also.
Miscellaneous: If your hotel doesn't supply bottled water, you can get water from the grocery stores or bodegas on the back streets, and it is a lot cheaper than buying it at the usual tourist spots. Buy a big jug and put the water into your smaller water bottles. The red thing on the dresser is a small softside cooler. Also a wind up alarm clock and a flashlight.
- Diving and Snorkeling
- Water Sports
Pack for fun under the SUN
Luggage and bags: Bring as little as possible. Who wants to lug heavy bags around?
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sandals
Sneakers/closed toe shoes for walking around in the underbrush, if you go off the beaten track.
Rain jackets always come in handy during inclement weather.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: MOSQUITO REPELLENT - get the cream kind. Nothing else seemed to work.
Benadryl (I ALWAYS carry this with me now, just in case . . .)
Asprin/Tylenol/Advil for those days when the sun gives you a headache.
Tampons - hard to find abroad, ladies. OBs pack the smallest.
Photo Equipment: Disposable underwater camera for snorkeling.
After returning, have found out that serious photographers can purchase Ikelite housing to take cameras underwater. http://www.ikelite.com/
Lens tissue! (I forgot mine and managed to stick a thumb on the lens)
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: SUNBLOCK, WATERPROOF
If you'll be out all day, supposedly surfers use the Bullfrog brand.
Lip balm with sunblock. Your lips will burn too!
Lightweight pants and long-sleeved shirt to keep off the sun
A beach-reading book or two
Miscellaneous: American dollars are accepted almost everywhere. Bring a wad with you. Realize you'll likely get better rates with pesos, though.
Snorkels, masks and fins can be bought at the dive shops on the island. However, you may be able to get a better deal at home. US Divers equipment seemed to work well.
Copies of your passport
Flight information (if you booked in advance, be sure to reconfirm)
- Diving and Snorkeling
Stuff to bring
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It can be hot and humid! Bring a hat and comfortable clothing. Good walking shoes are a must.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sunscreen is a must even if not going to the beach
Miscellaneous: Bring plenty of water if venturing outside of San Miguel. You can buy bottled water in town.
Take pictures under the water
Miscellaneous: I have this tip on some of my other pages too, but there is nowhere it is more recommended than here! The snorkelling on Cozumel is amazing! And you will hate yourself for the rest of your life if you don't have anything for taking pictures under water. If you don't have an expencive underwater-camera, don't worry. Buy an Aquapac and put your camera inside. It can take pictures down to 2m and it works great. You could also buy a disposable underwater-camera, but pay a little bit more for the Aquapac and you can use it for many years.
Mosquito Repellent or be Eaten Alive
Luggage and bags: Backpack
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking shoes, cool comfortable clothing because it is HOT! A hat to shade the sun and some good shades.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: DEET-Mosquito repellent containing DEET make sure you bring some from home because the stuff they sell there disapates in 5 minutes and the mosquitos will literally carry you away!
Sunscreen and chapstick
Plan ahead or pay dearly
Miscellaneous: Absolutely do not forget to pack sunglasses, a hat, film for your camera, sunblock, and anything else along these lines that you think you'll need. Sure you can buy it there if you forget it but I assure you that you will overpay dearly for it. You can buy silver jewelry for less than it costs to buy sunblock there.
Easy on the Feet
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you plan on going to the beach and going into the water, pack a cheap pair of canvas sneakers or those "swim slipper things". The island has a lot of exposed coral (especially the Atlantic side) and it is sharp.
Buy a great map online--then pack it!
Miscellaneous: "Can Do Cozumel"
An excellent resource to help you plan your visit and to carry along while you are there is the great map that Laura "Map Chick" has developed. Check it out online, and then buy it!
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