Vacations are fun, but packing for them isn’t. Not sure what to pack for your Playa del Carmen vacation?
Bookmark this travel packing list because you’ll want to refer to it as your trip gets closer. It’ll serve as a tool to tell you what to pack, but also will help you make sure you've thought of everything else you might want to pack.
1. Light clothes
I can confidently say you do not need to pack jackets, do not waste valuable space inside that suitcase, it is too hot and humid for any extra layers. Pack lightweight light reflective clothing.
Think cotton and light colors, try to avoid anything black or made out of thick material. If you like to dress up in the evening before heading out for dinner.
For men would be to take a few nice button down shirts, loose pants, and nice sandals. For women light dresses, small comfortable heels, and minimal jewelry.
You’ll probably spend most of your time wearing swimwear while you’re here, so instead of packing unnecessary clothes, ramp up your swimwear collection.
Swimsuits take longer here to completely dry out because of the humidity, so having more to choose from just makes life a lot easier.
It is almost always sunny here and it is important to protect your eyes. I would recommend bringing several pairs. 2 casual pairs you don’t mind getting a little wear and tear at the beach, and maybe 1 or 2 fancier pairs for when it comes to strolling up and down 5th avenue for a spot of shopping.
4. Beach bag
Beach bags are perfect because you can carry your book, water, hat, sunglasses and an array of other stuff with you wherever you go, meaning you will always be prepared.
Hats are a great way to keep your face and neck shaded especially when you have had too much sun already.
You will see a lot of men in the area wearing woven hats like this, these can be purchased on 5th avenue for around 150 pesos, roughly $10 USD.
6. Sunscreen and bug spray
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the tropical heat, you NEED sunscreen here.
The sun is so powerful, you only have to be out in it a few minutes before you burn.
We recommend wearing factor 50.
It’s also important to note that at the eco parks here you will need biodegradable sunscreen, as the chemicals in normal sunscreen can damage the eco systems. When visiting some cenotes, particularly the ones in the jungle there can be quite a lot of mosquitos, my advice would be to buy some eco-friendly bug spray, this way you can stay protected without damaging the stalagmites or stalactites.
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8. Snorkel gear
This one is definitely a maybe because most of the eco parks or places that are great to snorkel offer up snorkel gear for free and it is often included on many of the tour packages.
However, we do understand that some people like to bring their own gear, especially when the places to snorkel are so god damn good.
You might feel more comfortable using your own gear on these awesome snorkel tours or when discovering the 4 top snorkel sites around Playa del Carmen.
9. Wet Shoes
Wet shoes are perfect to keep the foot warm while swimming in colder water.
Additionally, wet shoes are perfect shoes to wear while swimming in any water where there’s the possibility of stepping on something "unpleasant" while wading or swimming.
Wet shoes will also come in handy when snorkeling around coral reefs which can be rocky and sharp.
10. Chargers and Plugs
Imagine arriving at your hotel and remembering that you left your camera or phone charger at home! Ouch!
Things like this can be a little pricey in Playa del Carmen so it’s always better to double check that you have everything. Mexico uses the same plugs as US and Canada but if you’re from the UK or anywhere else you will need to buy an adapter.