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Luggage and Packing for your Puerto Vallarta Vacation

Packing for your
Puerto Vallarta Vacation

FIRST RULE: Pack LIGHT, and leave room for your Puerto Vallarta souvenirs on the way back home!

We can't tell you how many times we've heard a visitor lament "Oh, I wanted it so badly, but my luggage is already jam-packed!" Smart visitors pack a rolled-up, medium-sized duffel bag just so they have the extra space in their luggage if they need it for the return trip! And you probably only need to bring ONE T-shirt, for your first day, since you'll find many nice (and nicely tacky, if that's what you want) T-shirts here at bargain prices.


At least 2 swimsuits. Ladies, don't worry about wearing that two-piece, everyone does. You'll see all shapes and sizes. And, of course, some make that two-piece into a one-piece, when laying out. Wear what you feel comfortable in.


Casual clothes, like T-shirts and shorts. For the average tourist, there's not much need for dressy clothes. You'll know whether you’re the type to visit fancier restaurants that require dressier clothes. Bring one set of ‘getting dirty’ clothes for adventures you may decide to partake in once you’re here.

Light sweater or sweatshirt for the occasional cool evening.


Swimsuit cover-up. Buy a colorful sarong when you get there, it's the "in thing" for tourist beachwear. You can find beautiful inexpensive 'sarapes' all over Puerto Vallarta.


Shoes: Bring a pair for walking, and sandals for the beach, or plan on buying sandals or ‘flip-flops’ here.


Camera and video: (WHAT? You mean you haven't switched to digital yet?!!?) Bring plenty of film. It's sometimes overpriced in the tourist areas. If you go to the major supermarkets you'll find film at a slightly more reasonable price.


Sunscreen. Take plenty. Like film, it's a lot more expensive in the tourist areas. Put it on every part of your body. You wouldn't believe how many people we've seen with severely burnt feet, ears, or scalps. Bring a spare T-shirt to wear while snorkeling or swimming. The thin layer of water covering your body will magnify the sun and fry you in only a few minutes! Don't forget something for your lips.


Sunglasses, visor, hats.


Basic Emergency Kit: Band-aids, antibiotic ointment, tweezers, nail clippers, Tylenol, anti-bacterial wipes.


The usual toiletries:
Toothpaste, tooth brush, shampoo, deodorant, make up.


Collapsible cooler, bottle opener, and koozies if you’re planning on spending a bit of time on beaches other than your own hotel’s.


Beach towels: If you are staying at a small hotel you'll need to bring your own, or buy some inexpensive ones here to take home as reminders of your vacation. Larger resort provide them. You may also want to bring a couple of washcloths if you're staying at a small hotel, they don't always have them.


Large zip-lock bags are great for dirty clothes or wet suits. Also use them for cameras, film and whatever else you don't want sand in.


Snorkel equipment: If you plan on doing any snorkeling, having your own is very nice.


Walkie-talkies, not necessary but handy to have when the spouse or kids wanders off.


Several good books for relaxing on the beach or by the pool.

Puerto Vallarta Mexico is  home to some of the finest dining in the WORLD. No kidding, Puerto Vallarta's restaurants have been featured repeatedly in the most prestigeous culinary publications, and for good reason...the fine dining in Puerto Vallarta is WORLD CLASS!

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