The weather promises to be in the mid-70s to mid-80s for our week. It does cool off a bit at night and it’s sometimes windy.
Here’s a list of things you don’t want to forget:
• Toiletries: Razor, lotion, make up (or not), hair ties, toothbrush, toothpaste, topsy tail, hair brush, mousse, gel, Advil, Extenze, tampons / pads, Q-Tips, etc.
• Hairdryer: If you have long or thick hair, you’ll want to bring your own dryer.
• Shorts: Cargo shorts — check! Camo shorts — check! Bermuda shorts — check! Board shorts — check! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then you don’t need my help packing.
• Tank tops / T-shirts: Like you’d ever forget those.
• Sun dresses: These are optional. If you’re a sundress person, you’ll want to pack some.
• Sweater / light jacket: We’re looking at warm weather for the week, but the air conditioning in the hotel can get a bit chilly.
• Hat: Bring one, bring two, bring one for every outfit. You’ll want a hat. There’s going to be sun.
• Sunglasses: Combine these with the hat and we’re talking hot, hot, hot. Bring a case for them, too. You do not need to be squinting into scratched up glasses.
• Watch: Take your Sweet time (and keep track of it, too).
• Flip flops: Essential footwear for the woman on the go. Formal flip flops for the evening, casual flip flops for the day and don’t forget your gag flip flops for starting conversations with strangers.
• Swimsuits, swimmie fins and water shoes
• Snorklers, bring your own gear.
• Daypack: You’ll want something to carry around on our excursions.
• Gloves: For our community service projects, please bring a pair of sturdy work gloves to protect your delicate hands.
• Passport: Pack it, check it, double check it, then check it again. You need it. Make sure you see your girlfriend’s too. You know how she’s always forgetting something.
• Moola, money, greenbacks: While everything at our resort is included, tipping is always welcome (and gets you drinks faster). Additionally, you’ll probably want to buy something around town. The resort will exchange your U.S. dollars at a favorable rate and no fees. Cash is available at the front desk with credit cards, but there’s a 10 percent commission plus a 3 percent exchange rate fee. There’s also an ATM machine that spits out pesos and dollars, but fees do apply. It’s best to bring cash from home (about $250 per person should do it).
You need U.S. dollars for:
– Our Isla Contoy excursion
– Our community service projects
You need pesos for:
– Cab rides into town
– Purchases outside of our resort
• Notify your credit card companies and bank that you’ll be traveling in Mexico.
• Sunscreen: Until we fix global warming, pack at least SPF 15 and make it biodegradable.
• Battery disposal: Bring a baggie to carry home your batteries and recycle them properly. There is no battery recycling available on Isla Mujeres. They will end up in the ocean and we’ll have to pick them up next time we come.
• Workout gear: Don’t forget your sneakers, shorts, sports bras and tank tops. The gym is top notch. You’ll want to check it out. Plus we’re going to be leading some fun runs and walks.
•: The parties: We’ll have a pajama party the last night, 80s party and white and pink party. Pack accordingly.
• Camera / video camera with extra batteries or charger: Don’t miss a thing.
• Bug spray: We don’t want you to get bit, unless you want to get bit.
• Business cards / notepad: You’re going to make loads of new friends. You’ll want their contact information.
• A water bottle: You’ll want to refill this early and often.
• Just in case, bring photo copies of your passport, insurance card and all credit cards you’re bringing. Better to be safe than sorry.
Everything you bring will be put to good use. No donation is too small. A box of crayons or pack of paper really helps.
The Little Yellow Schoolhouse: We’ll deliver supplies to our friends at the schoolhouse, the only place on the island for kids with disabilities. Here is a list of what they need. It’s changed since our last visit.