Top 10 Packing Tips from a Travel Expert
If you are coming to the Riviera Maya to a resort, you will want to bring everything you need to make your holiday perfect. Below are the top 10 recommendations to grab from a local travel agent who is actually here in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. Lori visits many of the resorts and stays there so she can help her guests book the best possible trips for their needs. We have had Lori on our website for some time now as a resource for our readers to book and enjoy their experience. At the end of this article is an email link for Lori if you are interested in booking a holiday on the Riviera Maya.
Here are Lori’s top ten things to make sure you take to a resort on the Riviera Maya, Mexico
1. Be patient
This is always important, but especially during a pandemic. Things in Mexico don’t work as well as they usually do. Employment has increased and the workforce is down. In Mexico they say “manana“Which means technically tomorrow, but it can also mean later, next week or even next. Even though it’s not an island, we can still use the term.”life on the island“To describe how slow some things move. Not everyone is in a hurry and it takes a while to get used to the slower pace of things. Try to hug it, not change it!
For a good idea of what resort life is like for resort workers, see this article.
2. Waterproof phone case
Most excursions and activities are water based. Many have photographers who will take fabulous photos of you and sell them to you at a high price. Carrying your own waterproof phone case will allow you to get great photos of your experiences for free. There are often street vendors waiting for bus tours to sell waterproof covers, but these are not of the best quality and are worth buying something that you can use over and over again with confidence.
3. External telephone charger
I always see that my phone’s battery dies quickly from the heat. There are also some areas in or near the Riviera Maya (e.g. Tulum and Holbox Island) that do not have the best cell phone reception, so constant signal search will drain your phone’s battery easily. There is nothing worse than being in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world and having a dead phone!
Some tours are long and fun days and can drain your battery. Chichen Itza, for example, is a long day of about 8-10 hours. Having a safety battery charger can save lives.
4. Cash in MXN (Mexican pesos)
If you plan to leave your hotel or resort and go anywhere, eat out, go on an excursion, etc. I recommend you bring cash in pesos. The pesos is the local currency, and while the USD is widely accepted, each site uses a different exchange rate, which may not be very favorable. Cash (especially on small bills) is great for having to tip the staff at the resort as well.
Almost all the time, getting Mexican pesos in your country before you leave will not provide you with the best exchange rate. You can change at Cancun Airport on arrival (but you often don’t have much time and want to get to the resort)
For more information on the use of weights and USD, see this article here.
5. Water shoes
This destination, from Costa Mujeres to Tulum, is 93 miles of coastline. Some of the beaches are sandy and calm and others are rocky and rough. Water shoes are a great idea for beaches that are not perfectly sandy at the bottom, as well as for all water excursions. They are especially great for experiencing cenotes that have very rocky bottoms and sometimes entrances.
Tip: For Xcaret parks like Xplor that have zip lines, sandals on drink lines are not allowed. Water shoes are perfect for walking around with a little foot protection. They also allow you to swim and go out without changing shoes. This is really good at Xel Ha Park.
6. Pool floats
Most hotels and resorts do not offer floats with a pool. It’s easy to take home, as it packs and the resort staff will usually blow them up. They are sold in gift shops at an inflated price. Large floats are not usually allowed in swimming pools, but you can bring something to the ocean as long as you can deflate it to get back to the room.
7. Go through the right dress
If you are staying at a resort, be sure to know their dress codes for food, especially for dinner. Some require men to wear long pants and pointed shoes. I always recommend a light sweater for women as the air conditioning can be quite cold. Most resorts are fairly informal, but you do want to maintain some standards.
8. Towel clips
Towel clips are for 2 uses: they help keep the towel in the chair on windy days and help you book your chair at your hotel or resort. Please don’t book the chair at 8am and leave until noon (no one likes a pig in the chair), but if you have to leave, the towel clips will show that these seats are occupied. It can also help you find your chair, as everyone will have the same towels.
9. Insulated cup
The Riviera Maya is very warm all year round and the sun almost always shines. An insulated cup will keep the drink frozen or at least cold, so you don’t need to get so many refills (especially important if you’re not in an all-inclusive resort). Also, most glasses drip condensation, so an insulated cup helps with that.
10. Sun protection with reefs
Help protect the fragile ecosystem of the Riviera Maya. If you need sun protection, make sure it is safe for reefs (also known as biodegradable) and bring more, as it is expensive in hotels and resorts. Even when you go from the property of the complex to the cenotes and parks of Xcaret, you have to use this type of sunscreen.
degree: Some cenotes ask people not to wear any cream to protect water quality. So be sure to wait until you arrive to see if it’s allowed.
Did you forget to pack something? Or do you need something special for your vacation?
Regardless of how you pack, sometimes you miss something or want something for your vacation while you’re at a resort. There is a fantastic service that can buy, deliver and find everything you need. They will deliver to all the resorts, hotels and Airbnb of the Riviera Maya. Some people want a certain brand of beer, a piece of GOPRO camera or some things for the stay. Check out this highly recommended delivery service here.
Want to book the perfect vacation for you?
If you want to book the perfect holiday on the Riviera Maya, here is an email link to start the process of booking your trip. It is best to include details of what you are looking for, dates, ages of people and if you have been to the Riviera Maya and may have known any of the resorts before. It is best to email first and then you can start a phone conversation.