FIRST RULE: Pack LIGHT,
and leave room for souvenirs on the way back home! We
can't tell you how many times we've heard a Mazatlan 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!
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 Mazatlan.
Shoes: Bring a pair
for walking, and sandals for the beach, or plan on buying
sandals or ‘flip-flops’ here.
Camera and video: Bring
plenty of film. It's sometimes overpriced in the tourist
areas. If you go to the major grocery stores you might
find film at reasonable prices.
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.
bottle opener, and koozies if you’re planning on
spending a bit of time on beaches other than your own
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 resorts 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
Snorkel equipment: If
you plan on doing any snorkeling, having your own is very
necessary but handy to have when the spouse or kids wanders
Several good books for
relaxing on the beach or by the pool.