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TRAVEL GEAR - WHAT TO PACK
Making your clothing selection depends largely on what you plan on doing. If you are staying in Cancun or on the Riviera at a luxury resort then expect everybody to be dressed nice. Vacationing Europeans are extremely fashion conscious, even on the beach. You need to coordinate an eclectic wardrobe to be successful here. You can also buy some new items while there.
If you plan on hanging around Playa and laying on the beach all day nobody will bat an eye as you walk into a restaurant in shorts, tank top and scruffy hair. In other words you can tone down your wardrobe considerably and walk around in your pajamas all day if you wish.
RECOMMENDATIONS & TIPS
Take beach shoes with you for walking in the water and swimming. It is a common occurrence for vacationers to step on stingray tails, sea urchins and other things.
Short sleeved shirts are better to take than t-shirts. On extremely hot days you can unbutton your shirt and allow better cooling. A shirt also doubles as dressware for restaurants.
Many people recommend 100% cotton however we have found that 100% Viscose is the best material for travel clothing for hot climates. This material is super light, does not crease and lets you breath so you do not sweat. Cotton is recommended for underwear and socks.
Zipper lube. Humid weather will in time reap havoc with your suitcase/backpack zippers. Protect your zippers by coating them with zipper lube, which can be purchased at most dive stores. A candle will do the same trick in a pinch!
Buy an Under Water Camera if you plan on swimming or snorkeling. You will be amazed at what can be found 20 feet from shore on some beaches.
IT'S A GOOD IDEA TO BRING
You need a bag for laundry, seashells and stuff.
Do not assume the room will have a smoke detector so it is best to bring your own.
We recommend a compact travel clock that can be purchased at most department stores. This is good to because you cannot always trust the front desk for a wake-up call so you can use your own clock alarm.
In case you have a power outage.
You never know when you will need a tissue!
You can buy small first aid kits at most department stores that are small and carry a variety of bandages etc.
In case you have to fix something.
This tool is a must and all travelers should have one.
NOTE: If you are travelling to Chiapas do not carry your Swiss Army Knife or any kind of knife like tool on your person. This is because some bus stations have metal detectors that you must pass through to get on the bus and it will be confiscated. Also if a soldier at a checkpoint harasses you he will also take your knife/tool.
It is a good idea to keep a journal of your adventure so bring a small notebook and pens.