Clothing and bags
Luggage and bags: Don't forget a backpack, that might be usefull if your planning to travel around or sail. If you're sailing you might want to pack a beach towl or if travelling around it might be useful to carry some water or food. In both cases don't forget the sunscreen and the photo equipment!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Beware to take natural fabrics (such as cotton or linen) clothes, since they can be fresher than fibres. Don't forget to take a hat if you're planning to travel around or sail.
If you are a "male" and you are staying at an all inclusive resort you will have to wear trousers or kackis (not jeans) at the "a la carte" restaurant. For the buffet restaurant i guess there is no "dressing code". Ladies, relax, virtually everything is allowed. :-)
You should take a light coat since some nights are fresher or you might get a bad weather. I travelled to Mexico in March and since there was a light breeze at night i felt confortable with a cotton sweater. There was one day where it was so sloudy and windy that we couldn't go to the beach or pool.
Miscellaneous: For those travelling from Continental Europe, the energy is different in Mexico. In Continental Europe we have 220v and in Mexico it works with 110v. Apart from this, the plug has a different shape, so don't forget to take a converter.
If you only use a shape adapter (but not energy transformer) your appliances won't break but will work much slowly. I tryed to charge the camera batteries and it took much longer than at home. But no harm done, ... just take into account that it make take more time or work slower than usual.
Sunscreen and medical supplies
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: > Medical supplies
I was advised to take my own, since they may be hard to find. The recommendations were - some analgesic (for headache and other pain), something for diahrrea, something to put at bugs' bites (namely mosquittoes) and some kind of stronger medicine for soure throat or cold.
Obviously if you regularly take some meddication you should take that into account and not forget to take them - allergies, for instance.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: > Repellent
Don't forget to take some spray or stick to keep the mosquittoes away. They can be pretty annoying and let you felling hitchy. :-)
The sun is very strong, so be sure to take a good sunscreen. Specially if you're going to the sea, you should use a high spf. I used "total protection" when travelling by boat.
Luggage and bags: Don't forget to take a camera!! Make sure you take enough films with you, since the ones you buy there are more expensive and probably of doubtfull quality. Altough they sell the same brands i was told that they don't have the proper conditions to keep them, might get to much heat, or humidity, ... just in case, you'd better take your own.
I also recommend taking one (or more!) of those discardable cameras to shoot in water. I know that photos aren´t of great quality, but better these than none. :-)
Beats a Loofah Hands Down!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: ADVANTAGES: Weighs next to nothing, compresses down to nothing at all, it dries super fast, lathers well even in hard water, thoroughtly cleans and stimulates skin ( down to the rind as folks say), it's hygenic, and easily lasts a year.
DISADVANTAGE: Easy to leave and forget if you pack to hastily.
You can get these at Oriental grocery stores or off the 'net'. Search "salux". Prices run from 3 for $9 up to $8 each so shop around.
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These also make great stocking stuffers for Christmas and come in a variety of colors: pink, yellow, lime, blue, and rose- maybe moreRelated to:
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Given Puerto Vallarta's temperate climate, outdoor attire in Puerto Vallarta is an expression of individual freedom. In the morning, comfortable casual wear is suggested. At the beach, people wear bathing suits or caftans of processed cotton which are often painted or embroidered with designs. Cheerful and exotic hats are worn, sometimes with flowers in them. Also, shell and shellfish necklaces and earrings adorn the body. In town, Puerto Vallarta's nightlife entices us to wear our most eccentric and elegant clothing.
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Pack for a Variety of Climates
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Thin cotton utility pants: A style you can roll up and button into capris for sun exposure, then you can roll them down to protect skin that's had too much sun, but still stay cool. Saves you the trouble of putting sunscreen all over your legs all the time. For guys, pants you can zip the legs off of. I suggest still dressing modestly in Mexico when you are in public and not at the beach, to avoid unwanted attention.
Also, thin cotton or quick-drying synthetic t's with v necks are best, as the humidity will make you sweat, sweat, sweat. One or two pairs of long pants for cool evenings, which is very common in the highlands.
Bring a thin merino wool or cashmere sweater or fleece to layer for going into the cooler highlands, plus a wind-proof shell. This combination worked very well for the cool evenings.
A crushable hat with a fairly wide brim: the sun is intense not only at the beach but at high altitudes; our trip ranged from being sea-level at the beach to approx 8000 ft. in the highlands.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen! plenty of it; though you can buy it in towns, it can be quite expensive, plus you can buy a brand at home you can trust. We found Ombrelle works best for protection, and took two kinds: 60 SPF, then graduated down to 30 SPF.
Miscellaneous: I was turned on to the Macabi skirt by VT'er kymbanm; I couldn't order one in time to pack for going to Mexico, but it looks perfectly versatile for a trip such as ours.
Puerto Vallarta - travel light !!!
Luggage and bags: An oversized day pack should be enough.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: couple shorts, t-shirts, sandals, beachware is all you need
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: bug spray is a must; towels, soap provided although an oversized beach towel is helpful - if not - take one from the hotel
Photo Equipment: it is cheaper to buy film etc. locally
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Luggage and bags: Bring an empty luggage bag to put the clothes in that you bought for little money
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Plenty at a good price
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can buy bottle water there or take some with you
Photo Equipment: A must
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sun lotion a must along with a cap or hat.if you are light colored.
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Bring your Peanut Butter.
Luggage and bags: Normal
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable sandles, running or hiking shoes.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun Tan Lotion (SPF-30), Immodium, all perscription medication, all toiletries, lots of bug juice!!!
Photo Equipment: Bring all the film and batteries you need, they are hard to find and very expensive when you do.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Big hat (for the sun), light shirt.
Miscellaneous: Depending on where you go facilities can range from very primitive to first class, so be prepared.Related to:
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: During the rainy season, late July to September/October, it rains cats and dogs. In other words a lot, so do bring umbrellas and other gear for rain.
During the winter, October-February it can get rather cold in the mountains and higher altitudes (which includes Mexico City), so remember to bring a good sweater for the afternoons and winterclothes for the evenings.
Good shoes for climbing the pyramids, and a scarf to cocer shoulders when entering the churches.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: They have really good and nice doctors in Mexico. Also good farmacies with every thing that you could need. I had a couple of vaccinations before I went there, but that was meant for travelling in general, and not only for Mexico.
Photo Equipment: Ha - good camera, and lots of films. I found films rather expensive in Mexico, but had no problems finding a new battery for my camera even in a small town south of Mexico City.
Luggage and bags: Well, pack as light as possible.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Family Travel
Miscellaneous: Basically, I just wanted to say that there aren't any laundry facilities in town, so either bring some detergent (small Nalgene bottles are perfect for this) or bring some of that Dr. ______'s 18 in 1 soap stuff. The KOA may have laundry facilities, but it's a long walk.
Luggage and bags: Carry bags that are easy to deal with. I hate rolling bags personally, but they might work for you. THey do get annoying, especially when you have cobblestone streets or uneven sidewalks. I'd suggest some form of backpack (hiking type) or bag that you can put on your back. I have a North Face bag that has shoulder straps. It worked nicely. Also, a smaller day pack (Da Kine Heli Pack, or regular backpack should do fine. Try to stay away from fanny-packs as they are easy to steal, and really scream 'tourist'.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: As far as clothing is concerned, that depends on when you travel to Mexico. Creel, in March, was cool, so a jacket would have been nice. Check the weather before you go.
Shoes, either hiking or walking shoes/boots, sandals.
Weather gear, a poncho of some sort, or rain coat would suffice. No one really uses umbrellas as far as I saw when it rained, and I didn't bother using rain gear for a long walk we took in the rain.
Every one in Mexico wears long pants, except tourists and some kids. So I would advise going to Goodwill and buying some cheap khakis. These you can use for any trip, and you can modify them, as I did, to hold hidden pockets for money, passports, etc. Also, Mexicans, and most of the world for that matter, tend not to wear logo type t-shirts, but dress-type shirts. These also you can get at the Goodwill.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Well, Cipro and Lomodel/Immodium/Mylan 2100 for the runs, bandaids, neosporin, instant anti-bacterial hand gel, and iodine tablets.
Toothbrush/paste/floss, a bottle for water to rinse with, soap/shampoo (although some places provide that...even the Tarahumara Hotel), a towel, and if nothing else, even though most hotels provide it, BRING TOILET PAPER... or buy it down there.
Photo Equipment: Camera, film...duh
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Hiking stuff, camping stuff, outdoor stuff...
Miscellaneous: You may see fit to bring sheets to put on the bed, as who knows whether or not the sheets there are cleaned, especially if you stay at really BUDGET places.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring lots of bathing suits, sarongs, t-shirts. If you're going in July carry a small umbrella (for those unexpected sun showers). For evening, bring a mixture of casual and dressy. Don't forget your water socks and sandals.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: SUNBLOCK! Aloe Vera! Tampons (hey you never know)
Luggage and bags: I was in Mazatlan for 10 days and all I needed was one carry-on bag and a back pack. Shorts, t-shirts, sandles, a sweatshirt and a good pair of walking shoes.
I must admit, I stuffed a seconed piece of soft luggage into my carry-on so I could return with treasures from the many street vendors and shops in the city.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Resort
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen. Asprin for a hangover (it is bound to happen, beer is so cheap:-)
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