Post # 1
I was married last year but we weren’t able to take a honeymoon then and are going to go to Cacncun for 7 days this Christmas. My husband and I have NEVER taken a vacation together and have traveled only to see family or for friends’ weddings so this trip is a really big deal! I also havent been on a real vacation in years!
I’m afraid I don’t really know where to start with packing outside of my usual list… Any suggestions? I’ve got the “obvious” things down but if anyone has any more specific “beach honeymoon recommendations” I would really appreciate it! Already on the “beach list” are
– waterproof camera
– 3 swimsuits
– flip flops
– sunhat and baseball cap
– sun protection spray for hair
Also, is it super lame if I don’t bring lingerie?? I feel like my husband doesnt really appreciate it and I don’t want to run out and spend money on something I’m going to wear for 2 seconds just on our trip?
As always, I super appreciate your helo!
Post # 2
Things I would recommend:
- Bring your own snorkel, mask, and fins if you plan to snorkel (snorkeling in the cenotes is awesome!) This is cheaper than renting and often better fitting.
- Bring a Nalgene or similar water bottle to refill. We didn’t drink the tap water in Mexico, but avoided spending any money on bottled water by filling our Nalgenes with potable water available in the hotel.
- I don’t think it’s lame not to bring lingerie. It’s not my thing either!
Post # 3
HourThyme: I suggest you add some clothes to that list of you plan to go anywhere other than the pool!
I usually pack separates that all go together so you can make various outfits. Stick to one color scheme such as black and white , or colors with a neutral like taupe, khaki , navy blue or grey. You won’t need nearly as many clothes as you first think. Pack your suitcase then take half out. Who cares if someone sees you wearing the same outfit twice? You will never see these people again.
Pack things that do double duty- a tunic style coverup that can be worn as a short dress or over linen pants for an evening outfit, or a maxi skirt with an elasticized top that can be worn high as a dress or swimsuit coverup or low as a skirt.
Add paperbacks for beach reading, or download some books before you go, take an insulated beverage container of some sort. You can fill it up with water after you go through security to use on the plane (they give you such small amounts on the plane) and also use at the resort. If you are at an all inclusive you can ask them to give you much bigger drinks so you don’t have to go back to the bar so often.
Take a small first aid kit so you don’t have to pay for things like Advil or a bandaid. Include medications for headache, nausea. I’ve never had a problem with traveller’s diarrhea but you could get a prescription for Cipro from your doctor and fill it before you leave home in case you need it.
Post # 4
– a bubba (for your drinks)
– I like to bring my own towel, I like a big soft towel to wrap up in
– a beach bag to carry stuff down to the pool/beach
– books, magazines, playing cards
– running shoes, athletic gear (hiking, ziplining, canyoning, horseback riding – if any of that sounds like fun to you, bring gear to wear while doing it!)
– sun dresses, maxi dresses, maxi skirts, a couple of pashminas – it may get cool in the evenings or inside anywhere with A/C. And some places are a bit fancier for dinner.
– a light cotton shirt or rashguard (I’m very fair. It’s not unusual for me to spend a day or two with a shirt over my suit.)
– walking shoes
I like to pack so that most things mix and match. So I pick a few colours (usually blues, because I love blue) and I try to pack as much that coordinates as possible. I’ll throw in a couple of pashminas that are a different pop of colour, and costume jewellery to compliment/accent an outfit as needed. That way everything can (and does) do double duty.
Post # 5
Are you going to an all inclusive? I bring $100 in ones to tip the staff.
Post # 6
julies1949: hahaha! of course, I’ve got the clothes part down. 🙂 But thanks for the other suggestions. Adding a water bottle & meds to the list! 🙂
Post # 7
thanks everyone! added quite a few things to my list now 🙂
Post # 8
HourThyme: I usually pack just maxi style dresses or skirts w/ some shirts because they take up so much less space. A few pairs of shorts/shirts for activities that dresses aren’t appropriate. I basically only wear flip flops when I’m there, but you can add tennis shoes to the mix if you plan to do excursions. I personally wouldn’t waste luggage space on your own towel, as the resorts/hotels all supply them. Don’t forget a beach bag and PLENTY of sunscreen (it’s expensive down there).
Post # 9
When we went to Jamaica two years ago, I packed way too much stuff. So now that we’re going back next year for our honeymoon, here’s my new list of things I’m bringing and would recommend.
1) 3-4 swimsuits
2)1 pair of shorts
3) 3-4 cover ups
4) 1 pair of flip flops, 1 pair of dressy heels for dinner, and 1 pair of tennis shoes
5) Lots of sunscreen and a pair of shades (forgot the shades last time and hated myself for it)
6) A big beach bag to haul stuff down to the beach and back up to your room
7) 2 nice flowy dresses for dinner and a hoodie in case it gets cool on the beach and/or you get a random rain shower
8) A good book or two for reading on the beach
That’s pretty much it other than some money to tip the staff and your driver. Have fun.