THINGS TO TAKE  (Suggestions from a Seasoned Traveler)


Listed here are a few necessities that you may want to take with you. Pack lightly to prevent any difficulties with lifting your bags.  Always take half the amount of things you think you will need.


DAILY LIFE:
Sun Glasses (basic type with UV protection)
Wristwatch (inexpensive with alarm - readable at night)
Earplugs
Fanny Pack, Wallet
Umbrella (small beach type - buy in México)
Snorkeling Gear/Lens anti-fog spray
Spanish Phrase Book/Dictionary/Translator Calculator
Playing Cards/Games
Small Light-weight Binoculars
Flashlight (miniature key-chain or small LED type)
Light Cord (4 or 5 meters, for clothesline - buy in México)
Camera, SD cards or Film (small, lightweight pocket type)
Small Padlocks (to lock your backpack/bags)
Pocket Book Novel, Kobo/Kindle reader or Smartphone app
Bottle opener (not many twist tops in Mexico)
Pen & Notepad (miniature ring type)
Money Belt (to carry passport, tourist visa, airline tickets, etc.)
Pocket Knife (must be in checked luggage)
Handkerchief or Bandanna
Zip-lock Bags (for suitcase storage containers)

TOILETRIES & PERSONAL GROOMING:
Hairbrush/Comb
Shampoo
Nail Clipper/Tweezers
Toothbrush/Paste/Floss
Bar of Hand Soap (in plastic container)
Eyeglass Cleaner (small spray bottle)
Shaving Gear/Electric Razor
Small Hand Mirror
Deodorant
Small Hand Towel/Wash Cloth
Gender specific items

HEALTH & MEDICINE:
Band Aids
Sun block (Suntan Oil) SPF 15/30
Insect Repellent (25% Deet, tube type "OFF")
Headache Medicine (Aspirin, etc)
Q-Tips/Cotton Swabs
Hand lotion (small tube)
Lip Balm (chap stick)
Antacid, Pepto Bismol Tablets/Imodium
Antibiotic Ointment like Polysporin (for cuts and scrapes)
Contraceptives
Doctors Prescriptions/Drugs/Medications (in original containers)


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