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Old 05-30-2014   #16 (permalink)
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I mostly lurk here, but I just wanted to say that I can't wait for your trip report as I very much enjoyed your last one. 56 days and counting for us - it will be our second trip to RPDC
Love it when people read my reports! Gives me such incentive for the next one! 11 days, 8 hours...but hey, who's counting right?

Just for some "taste". A pic from last year...this is the stuff dreams are made of!

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Another tease...

The wait is killing me!

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Here I am at 15 days till takeoff. Anyone else go through the "I have so much crap going on in my life I barely have time to think of vacation" ????

Normally when I am 15 days out from a trip to Playa, I am fit to be tied. But now I am just hoping that I haven't forgotten something. Example, today we opened the pool, the grandkids were swimming in it, when I looked out at them and they were beet red, I decided it was time for sunscreen. Do I have any sunscreen? Wait a minute, I'm going to the beach in two weeks and I don't have sunscreen? WTH???

I think it's time to slow down, reevaluate, and try to get pumped for this vacation!!
My daughter got married May 10th, and we were so busy with "wedding planning" and opening our pool, planting our garden and flowers, shopping for the vacay, then finals for school with my youngest children and well left the very next day after school was dismissed for the summer for our AI trip to PDC.... Just returned 2 days ago.
The trip was amazing!!!! Very much needed and too short!

I thought I took conscience measures to make sure I packed right. No checked baggage over 50lbs and no large bottles or tubes of anything in our carry ons....
Well, got to airport and one suitcase was just over 50 lbs so had to rearrange right there in the airport. Then going through security a large brand new tube of sunscreen was found in my daughter's carry on....(so much for that waste of $$) Oh well, right just one tube, we have more.

I didn't have to order pesos in advance, just went into the bank one afternoon and exchanged out what I needed right then and there. YAY!

Trip was for the most part wonderful! Weather beautiful.

Our venture home though was almost a nightmare! 2 more tubes of sunscreen found in a carry on.... husband had to be searched for no reason. WTH!!! They just randomly pick you from the line of travelers entering the gate area to do a search. (in Cancun)

Flight was longer than expected due to storms over Louisana. Then next flight at O'Hare put on hold until our crew could get in because they were taking longer coming in from somewhere else do to stormy weather... After waiting over an hour longer for that flight to happen it was cancelled at last minute due to the crew timing out! UGH!!!!

Rebooking was a nightmare. Airport printers were down so they couldn't print us vouchers for meals or overnight hotel stay. We were basically on our own. Then next morning get to airport to catch the rebooked flight and none of us were able to sit together....2 adults 2 kids. No one would give up or trade seats so we could be with our children. The flight sucked!

Now we're home and my daughter has random blister rashy patches on her body and my son also has a few... Not sure the problem, it started the day we left PDC and is getting worse.

Not sure I want to go back there... love Mexico but maybe ready for a change up.
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Wow! That sucks! I've never had any issues similar to what you describe! I hope I never do...

I'm sure you are glad you are home!
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Actually wish I was still on vacation... Have fun on yours! Next time we'll try a different route to and from and probably a different resort.
So where are you staying this time? I would like to stay somewhere on the beach at PDC where it isn't so rocky and we can actually have fun wading and swimming at the beach. Which are the better resorts for that? That are actually family friendly?
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Actually wish I was still on vacation... Have fun on yours! Next time we'll try a different route to and from and probably a different resort.
So where are you staying this time? I would like to stay somewhere on the beach at PDC where it isn't so rocky and we can actually have fun wading and swimming at the beach. Which are the better resorts for that? That are actually family friendly?
We are staying at The Royal this trip. Stayed there last June and it was really amazing. As much as we love it, this may be our last time there as we would like to go non-AI next time. I have to say though, I really, really like the pampering I get when I'm there. So I guess I'm torn.

Their beach isn't too bad but I don't go for THEIR beach. I go for Playa. If I want a bangin' beach, I'll head south towards Playacar.
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Hi, I'm a first time poster and a newbie to Mexico. We are going to the RPDC on June 17 until June 24. It's a last minute trip to celebrate my daughter's graduation from college and my son's graduation from high school. I found and read last year's trip report and really enjoyed it.

I wonder if you'd be willing to share what you pack? I'm one of those people who nervously weighs my suitcase and then I always have to start taking out shoes and bottles of shampoo... and I never have room for my purchases. I think a lot of people would be interested to hear from someone who obviously travels a LOT... what exactly do you take? How many dresses? How many shoes? Do I need seven dresses to go to dinner? Just curious, and it's just a suggestion. Please don't bother if it's personal or irritating or whatever. In any case, have a great time and I'll be reading your updates.
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Well, this is one topic that is near and dear to my heart

I way over pack, I like to have options, lol!
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Packing

Sharon, also a topic close to my heart. I too, typically overpack. This year, I am determined to not do that.

BruceFan9, I'll be happy to share my packing tips with you! The caveat to my packing, is that everybody's different of course. I am not one to dress up, so my dinner attire may be different from yours. We typically stay eight nights, and what I like to do is pack two pair of white capris, a couple of shirts to go with those capris, two strapless long dresses with the little white bolero jacket. I try to take things that I can mix-and-match. And another thing I do is, don't judge, I re-wear my dinner attire. We're at the beach all day or walking around in shorts and a tank top and by dinner time I shower, get ready for dinner and after dinner I take off those clothes and put on something else. They are still clean and I'm able to rotate out that attire and pack half the articles.

I used to pack a ton of shorts and T-shirts and bathing suits and I just don't do that anymore. Bathing suits: I take a couple, rinse them out and hang them out every night. It usually takes more than one night for them to dry out so I alternate every other day. Shorts: I usually do take about four pair of shorts. I do the same thing with my shorts. if I feel that I have gotten sweaty and gross I rinsed them out hang them up and re-wear at least once. Same thing with tank tops. I usually take 4 tank tops at least and several T-shirts. The thing about tank tops is they sure pack well! They are smaller and you can take more so don't sweat those! Underwear: I insist on at a minimum 10 days worth of underwear for an eight night stay if not more than that. You can't skimp on underwear.

As for shoes, that is something I always struggle with. I usually take one pair of flip-flop type sandals for traipsing to and from the pool. I usually take one pair of dressy sandals that I wear to dinner. And I always take one comfortable pair of walking shoes, either Sperry's or Keen sandals. (Pictures below). I used to take tennis shoes and found that I never wore them so why bother taking up suitcase space. I am not a high heels type of girl so I stick with a pair of wedge sandals or wear my Sperry's to dinner. I am a comfort freak...







All of this fits into a rather small suitcase and along with my toiletries leaves me "some" space for small purchases. I usually take a larger bag so I can accommodate. If I am going somewhere where I know I'm going to be bringing back other things, I will pack a flat duffel bag in there to fill with other stuff that I can use as a carry-on. Or, as in the case of Mexico, I just purchase a cool duffle while there to carry stuff in.

One of my biggest problems is packing my camera equipment. I have a really nice DSLR and I have many lenses. I can never decide what to pack and usually bring way too much. So I slimmed-down this year and am only taking my camera and one lens so my whole packing theme is minimalistic! I pack the camera in a small 21 x 21 roll-on and we also pack bathing suits so that we can change into them when we get to the hotel if our room is not ready. In my carryon, I also pack a very small purse so I don't have to carry it as well as my laptop or iPad.

All this strategy puts us in the following for the trip home: one full checked bag, one pull-along small carry on and a duffle carry on. Good to go!

7 days, 20 hours and the packing will pay off!!!
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Oh and I forgot...we always take a luggage scale to weigh our bags. That way you never get stuck at the airport juggling contents in line.
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Oh and I forgot...we always take a luggage scale to weigh our bags. That way you never get stuck at the airport juggling contents in line.
We must be twins from different mothers! Luggage scale is a must! Especially for me, since I, up until last year, packed in excess of 15 pairs of shoes....literally 10 pair of flip flops (a pair for both bathing suits, then one for every color of shorts and top that I might wear)!!!

Now that I'm older and wiser, I take two pairs of croc sandals. I have problems with PF and I never go anywhere without my crocs, it's the only way I can walk comfortably and we walk a lot in Mx. I also bring a couple cute (bling) sandals to coordinate with my bathing suit. The hope is that people will notice the bling on my feet and not the Lilly white whale in the bathing suit . Then I bring one or two high heel (5") shoes that I wear at night. Last year, I put them on once, walked to the courtyard of the RPRM and went back to the room and got something comfortable! But this year, I have a brand new pair of kick ass shoes and I am wearing them come hell or high water. Probably in Italy instead of PDC. I take a couple pairs of black capris, several fun tops and usually a skirt and a couple of dressy tops. 4 pair of shorts and comfy, cool tops for those and rewear things throughout the week!
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We must be twins from different mothers! Luggage scale is a must! Especially for me, since I, up until last year, packed in excess of 15 pairs of shoes....literally 10 pair of flip flops (a pair for both bathing suits, then one for every color of shorts and top that I might wear)!!!

Now that I'm older and wiser, I take two pairs of croc sandals. I have problems with PF and I never go anywhere without my crocs, it's the only way I can walk comfortably and we walk a lot in Mx. I also bring a couple cute (bling) sandals to coordinate with my bathing suit. The hope is that people will notice the bling on my feet and not the Lilly white whale in the bathing suit . Then I bring one or two high heel (5") shoes that I wear at night. Last year, I put them on once, walked to the courtyard of the RPRM and went back to the room and got something comfortable! But this year, I have a brand new pair of kick ass shoes and I am wearing them come hell or high water. Probably in Italy instead of PDC. I take a couple pairs of black capris, several fun tops and usually a skirt and a couple of dressy tops. 4 pair of shorts and comfy, cool tops for those and rewear things throughout the week!
Sounds like we pack alike...for me, as I get older, I'm all about comfort.

Forgot that I also pack a thin cover up...I'm into hiding the white whale I seem to emulate.
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We must be twins from different mothers! Luggage scale is a must! Especially for me, since I, up until last year, packed in excess of 15 pairs of shoes....literally 10 pair of flip flops (a pair for both bathing suits, then one for every color of shorts and top that I might wear)!!!

Now that I'm older and wiser, I take two pairs of croc sandals. I have problems with PF and I never go anywhere without my crocs, it's the only way I can walk comfortably and we walk a lot in Mx. I also bring a couple cute (bling) sandals to coordinate with my bathing suit. The hope is that people will notice the bling on my feet and not the Lilly white whale in the bathing suit . Then I bring one or two high heel (5") shoes that I wear at night. Last year, I put them on once, walked to the courtyard of the RPRM and went back to the room and got something comfortable! But this year, I have a brand new pair of kick ass shoes and I am wearing them come hell or high water. Probably in Italy instead of PDC. I take a couple pairs of black capris, several fun tops and usually a skirt and a couple of dressy tops. 4 pair of shorts and comfy, cool tops for those and rewear things throughout the week!
BIIIIIG WARNING: It's harder to walk in Italy than in Playa!!!!!! Everything is cobblestones, many ancient, uneven surfaces, slippery tile, you name it. You really want to be sure footed in Italy....I had to sacrifice cute for comfort. It was worth it.
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Hi, I'm a first time poster and a newbie to Mexico. We are going to the RPDC on June 17 until June 24. It's a last minute trip to celebrate my daughter's graduation from college and my son's graduation from high school. I found and read last year's trip report and really enjoyed it.

I wonder if you'd be willing to share what you pack? I'm one of those people who nervously weighs my suitcase and then I always have to start taking out shoes and bottles of shampoo... and I never have room for my purchases. I think a lot of people would be interested to hear from someone who obviously travels a LOT... what exactly do you take? How many dresses? How many shoes? Do I need seven dresses to go to dinner? Just curious, and it's just a suggestion. Please don't bother if it's personal or irritating or whatever. In any case, have a great time and I'll be reading your updates.
I am very much like you in weighing the luggage, etc... And I always do tend to overpack.
We (my husband, I and our 2 youngest children 11 & 12 yrs) just got back from PDC last week and I did overpack a bit. Here is what I recommend.
You will want to take a nice beach type bag for the beaches and pools. I didn't so ended up buying one there, but it was needed!
Women Take shorts for everyone (I took 2 or 3 prs of Capris and did not wear a single pair-too hot and sticky to have on my legs) sundresses!!! I Loved wearing short or mid length loose fitting sundresses ALL the time!!!!
2 or 3 swimming suits to switch out from day to day. Comfortable walking shoes, Tennis shoes if you are climbing pyramids or other types of day excursions.
I took a pair of really cushiony not too flat of flip flop sandal and LOVED them and wore them most of the time. I took cork wedges and flat flip flops and didn't wear them even once. You will most likely be doing a lot of walking so comfort is ideal!!!
Everyone DO take beach or swim shoes!!!! The ocean is very rocky in most places around PDC and if you don't have shoes to wear in the ocean you will most likely regret it!!!
Men take shorts and loose fitting thin button up shirts and tanks. T-shirts get hot and sticky too fast. A good boat shoe or slip on. A good pair of tennis shoes if you intend to walk 5th Ave or climb a pyramid etc....
Take a good sunscreen (2 bottles at least) and apply generously and constant. My husband and I tanned for a few weeks to build a base tan and get some color before we went and still burned! And the kids burned even putting on the sunscreen all the time. It is crucial to keep applying religiously!!! And these are things you must take with you because if forgotten and you have to buy there expect to pay $20USD more than you would normally.
And others say bug spray however we didn't need any of the bug spray while there and never got bitten by anything.
I took various pieces of costume type jewelry and didn't really even wear any at all. Basic is the way to go and leave anything of real value at home!!!!
I wore a fake wedding band and left my real diamonds and stuff at home.
Take hats or buy them there. Protecting your head, face, ears...
If you are staying in an All Inclusive you may not need to take shampoos, etc... We stayed at an AI and we took all that but when we got there noticed they supplied everything for us including toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, soaps. But you may want to check that out first or go ahead and take those items just in case.

*** If you are like me and tend to overpack then go ahead and pack, then take about 1/2 of what you packed out and you'll be fine!!!

As for dining, We dined out 3 times in nicer places... Men are fine to wear nice cotton shorts and button up lightweight shirts and women to wear a sundress or maxi. And no need to take a different one for each time.
We stayed 6 nights and ended up not using all the clothing we packed but wearing some over and over again. And as someone else posted just washing out the things we liked to wear in the sink and hanging to dry if needed. We had a room with a balcony and a drying rack out there for suits and clothing etc...

We each took a checked bag and 2 of the 4 of us took carry ons. We still had plenty of room with fitting all our purchases to come home with and we bought some pretty big pottery and a few t -shirts and other souvenirs. Or take an extra empty carry one duffel bag or something to fill with your purchases for bringing home.

I hope this helped! Have a fun and safe trip!

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We are staying at The Royal this trip. Stayed there last June and it was really amazing. As much as we love it, this may be our last time there as we would like to go non-AI next time. I have to say though, I really, really like the pampering I get when I'm there. So I guess I'm torn.

Their beach isn't too bad but I don't go for THEIR beach. I go for Playa. If I want a bangin' beach, I'll head south towards Playacar.
The Royal is very nice! It's right up the beach from where we stayed and we actually walked up the beach to check it out!!
We had kids with us so went for a bit of every reason (beach, swim, excursions, shopping, 5th Ave) We did it all... The kids wished the beaches were a bit less rocky... where we were at. Oh, And they did come home with what appears to be stings from jelly fish. So they may never want to do the beach thing again. lol

I went for the relaxation and pampering! And next time we go the kids are staying home and it will be an adults only vacay!

Have fun!
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