Thursday, August 5, 2010

What to Pack for Cabo. Really.

We just got back from our first trip to Cabo San Lucas.

Some awesome friends we have asked us to join them on their annual trip. And since we'd never been there, but had always fantasized of going... (Me, for the sunshine, heat, and margaritas. Josh, for the surf breaks.) We happily happily said "YES!" before they even got the rest of the sentence out.

Being the obsessive little researcher that I am, I tried to look up some good packing lists on the internet before our trip, but I was sorely disappointed. Pesos, check. Swimsuit, check. Sunblock, obviously check. But not the real valuable kind of information a girl needs to pack her suitcase.

So here it is. Ariel's tips for packing for Cabo. (Or any Mexican resort town, really.)

What to take:
1. Sunblock. (Number ONE on my list! And it should be on yours too!!)
Loads of it. I emptied two half-full tubes while I was there. And it was only a five day trip.
(On a happy little side note, I am working on a formula for homemade sunblock for people with freakishly sensitive skin like me. Or for your babies. Or yourself if you would like to avoid cancer. Will post later.) A nice rich body lotion to put on at night will help with dryness.

2. A cute floppy straw hat and sunglasses.
Sunblock can only do so much. This will keep you from squinting or getting headaches from being out in the sun all day. I bought a cheap one that I could wear in the pool without having to worry about ruining it.

3. At least two swimsuits.
Rotating is nice for tan lines. It's also nice not to have to pull on a wet soggy suit in the morning.

4. Casual dresses.
This is all I wore. Maxi dresses, stretchy strapless dresses, swimsuit cover ups. Trust me, when it is hot and humid... the last thing you want to wear is jeans or any kind of tight clothing.

5. Lipbalm with SPF, and waterproof mascara. Face wipes and a good acne face wash.
That's about all you'll get on. You could wear a bit of mascara to look cute in pictures, but making it waterproof will give you the freedom to jump right into the pool at any time. The 2% salicylic acid face wash will keep you from breaking out from all the sunblock you've been diligently slathering on all day.

6. Bubble bath.
Most resort rooms have nice big soak tubs and I never pass up an opportunity to have a bubbly bath in a tub that I don't have to clean afterwards. Just remember to leave a nice tip at the end of your stay!

7. Books and magazines.
I didn't do a whole lot of reading while I was there... but these served to save my spot by the pool every morning.

8. Oh yeah. Almost forgot. Your passport.

What to ditch:
1. Hair styling. Yup. As a whole.
Ditch the blowdryers and irons, the gel, the mousse, the spray... Take a break from all that stuff for your trip. You're going to be wet, anyway, one way or another, and the humidity will make all your efforts absolutely pointless. A big clip to pull all your hair up and a few rubber bands to hold ponytails and braids will do. Maybe a good 2 in 1 shampoo to get the salt water and pool water out. (Yes, hotels provide that stuff... but if you're a picky girl like me...)

2. Heels.
I packed a pair and it was dumb. Comfy and cute flipflops is all I wore. One pair to keep dry for outings, and one rubber pair for the pool.

3. Work stuff.
My phone was on airplane mode the entire time. It was basically just an expensive alarm clock for five days. And that even only so I could wake up for the yoga class on the beach. Josh's laptop just served as a mini movie theater for about an hour and a half. If you can do without, leave it behind! Aren't you on vacation to get away from all that anyway?

That's all I can think of for now! I'll update later if I think of more~


Anonymous said...

I'm happy I found this...this is exactly how I packed!

Amy W said...

My name is Amy and I'm with Dwellable.
I was looking for posts about Cabo to share on our travel site and I came across your blog...If you're open to it, shoot me an email at amy(at)dwellable(dot)com.
Hope to hear from you soon!