on Jan 06, 2010 @ 08:29 pm|
I am finally going on my honeymoon on February 4. We are doing the all inclusive thing in Mexico (Mayan Riviera). Does anyone have any suggestions of what to bring? I'm really bad at overpacking and I have no idea what to bring on a hot vacation! Also any suggestions on fun things to do would be awesome...we are going to the Grand Sirenis Resort.
|congrats!! on Jan 07, 2010 @ 04:30 pm|
I went to Jamaica almost one year ago for my honeymoon, and I was worried about what to bring too because I am a CHRONIC overpacker!
Ali de Bold
|Things to consider on Jan 07, 2010 @ 06:20 pm|
First of all, congrats!!!
Based on my experience with resort vacations in addition to your bikinis and day wear you'll need:
- Dress up clothes for dinner. After a full day in your bikini you will welcome the chance to freshen up and dress up a bit for the evening date with your new hubby. I brought a different dress for each night but I am also an over-packer and a couple of nice sun dresses should do the trick.
- Extra sunscreen. We went through 2 bottles of sunscreen when we went to Jamaica last Feb because we played beach volley ball every day and sweat a lot of it off. The stuff they sell at the resort is insanely expensive.
- A beach cover up. It's nice to have something loose you can throw over your bikini for decency when walking to the beach and having lunch.
- A wide brim hat. The sun is different there and you will want to avoid sunstroke. Don't bring an expensive hat, but something you can roll up and stuff in your suitcase.
- American dollars for tips. Giving a dollar (or a few) to the bellman, the cleaning staff or the guy that makes your favourite waffles every morning is much appreciated.
- A couple of good books, sunglasses and an Ipod will be your best friends lying by the pool (aside from the bartender of course!)
- Immodium, Tylenol, Pepto, Aloe Vera gel (for when you inevitably burn). Don't be afraid to pack like a pharmacist. This are mighty handy to have at your hour of need.
I'd be careful with the off-resort excursions. Just research what's available there before you go. I highly recommend Trip Advisor to see what other travellers said about your resort and what activities were worth the extra money. Excursions offered by the resort are usually quite pricey and can involve looooong bus rides, which you might not want to do on vacation
Don't bring anything valuable. I'd leave your wedding rings at home or at least if you've got a nice sparkling engagement ring, leave it somewhere safe. My blackberry was stolen right out of my suite in Jamaica and I did not enjoy buying another one.
Avoid ice cubes in your drinks and anything washed in water that hasn't been cooked such as salads and cut fruit. Drink only bottled water. UNLESS the resort tells you the water is safe there to drink, assume it isn't or you will spend an unfortunate amount of time in the bathroom.
It's going to be amazing! Have a wonderful time and enjoy every moment. There is truly nothing more relaxing than a beach vacation. Your toughest decisions will be where to eat dinner and what kind of mixed drink you like. I'm a fan of Dirty Bananas ;)
|additional advice on Jan 10, 2010 @ 08:57 pm|
It sounds like you're going to have a fun honeymoon! The above comments are perfect and cover all of the stuff you really need. I often found myself in the past bringing a lot of clothes, but if you're like me I was in my bathing suit for the vast majority of the time so didn't need as many tank tops etc. as I originally thought.
I second the comment about sunscreen! The sun is different there and I found my skin tanned/burnt way faster than expected. Also good idea for you and your husband to bring sunscreen in each of your bags in case one bag gets lost in transit.
I'd also recommend looking into any special immunizations such hepatitis A/B. This helps decrease your changes of getting sick because of their water etc.
|Dirty Banana on Jan 11, 2010 @ 10:45 am|
Dirty Bananas are the best!!!
Ali de Bold
|Dirty Bananas on Jan 11, 2010 @ 10:49 am|
I know. I had them every day while in Jamaica. Then at home I tried to make them myself and it was not the same. Especially since I tried to modify it to make it healthy. It's much easier to justify those drinks when on vacation ;)
|Thanks! on Jan 11, 2010 @ 03:58 pm|
Thanks for all the advice!! I will be sure to pack lots of sunscreen since I'm pasty and will probably burn to a crisp my first day there.
I'm writing down the good drink ideas to since I don't want to go there, forget, and be stuck with the same ol' stuff we have here! Sounds like I'm going to have to do a Jamaica trip next year from all the good stuff I have been hearing about it :)
Now for some swimsuit shopping!!