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Old 06-03-2014   #31 (permalink)
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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!

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Google "sea lice rash" and see if it looks like what they have. My husband got stung on our first trip and the rash took weeks and weeks to go away.
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Google "sea lice rash" and see if it looks like what they have. My husband got stung on our first trip and the rash took weeks and weeks to go away.
Eww, No it doesn't look the same. But that looks really bad.
At first we thought hers was from the sap of a Black Poisonwood tree or a type of Coral, but it looks more like jelly fish stings. She got some ointment from our Physician for them. They stung and hurt at first when touched but now they don't hurt anymore just are a nuisance. Some are blistered and some aren't.
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Brucefan9-glad you found playa.info, I answered one of your watersport questions on TripAdvisor (name is KelliandDoug over there).

To chime in on the packing....I am probably the worlds worst over packer. For our 7 night trip to Puerto Vallarta a few weeks ago I took 7 dinner/evening dresses, 5 bathing suits, 7 cover-up's, 5 sundresses, 4 pairs of shorts & 5 shirts along with 8 pairs of shoes. That was a reduction from last years 12 pairs of shoes. My husband thinks I take too many dresses but I like to wear a strapless cover-up to the pool then put on a sundress that has sleeves for lunch. The resort we were at was so pampering and would bring food to you any time anywhere that we only made it out to TWO dinners..ugh...7 dinner dresses and only 2 worn. Needless to say I've vowed to myself to never take that much crap again.

Some things we do to save room...we put the heaviest stuff in our carry-on's along with the priciest stuff. My flat iron, DH's expensive tennis shoes, any pants, any long dresses I'm taking, etc. That leaves the lighter stuff for our check-in's. For our check-in bags I start with a shoebox size plastic container at the bottom of each bag that contains our liquids over 3.4oz. In reality I could put these in 1 box but for our return trip I condense the liquids into one plastic shoebox then the 2nd shoebox goes into a carry-on for any small breakables we've purchased. After that we pile on the clothes and see how far we can get. We also take a few diet redbulls (always sealed in a ziplock bag) so that helps get rid of a little weight for the return trip.

Another thing that helps is doing what Pam mentioned above and having your real purse inside of a larger carry-on bag that will still fit under the plane seat. I also take a nicer DSLR camera and that will be stored inside of our soft Igloo cooler (for protection without having to lug around the stiff camera bag) then the cooler goes into my beach bag which acts as my carry on. I also have a cross-body purse next to the cooler in the same beach bag that is my actual purse. I also take a few wristlets and will put costume jewelry down in those to avoid having to take a jewelry travel case.

We're going to Isla Mujeres in October for 5 nights...we were highly debating carry-on only but started making a list of stuff we'll need once we get there and decided to just do a single check-in. Our resort is more low key and doesn't require pants at any of the dinner options so I'm reallly hoping we can do one large checked bag, one large carry on then one personal item each.

I actually put a spreadsheet for each vacation outlining our tipping budget, clothes, packing list, etc. I'm a bit obsessed but wouldn't have it any other way.

Phew. I need a vacation from thinking about packing.
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Brucefan9-glad you found playa.info, I answered one of your watersport questions on TripAdvisor (name is KelliandDoug over there).

To chime in on the packing....I am probably the worlds worst over packer. For our 7 night trip to Puerto Vallarta a few weeks ago I took 7 dinner/evening dresses, 5 bathing suits, 7 cover-up's, 5 sundresses, 4 pairs of shorts & 5 shirts along with 8 pairs of shoes. That was a reduction from last years 12 pairs of shoes. My husband thinks I take too many dresses but I like to wear a strapless cover-up to the pool then put on a sundress that has sleeves for lunch. The resort we were at was so pampering and would bring food to you any time anywhere that we only made it out to TWO dinners..ugh...7 dinner dresses and only 2 worn. Needless to say I've vowed to myself to never take that much crap again.

Some things we do to save room...we put the heaviest stuff in our carry-on's along with the priciest stuff. My flat iron, DH's expensive tennis shoes, any pants, any long dresses I'm taking, etc. That leaves the lighter stuff for our check-in's. For our check-in bags I start with a shoebox size plastic container at the bottom of each bag that contains our liquids over 3.4oz. In reality I could put these in 1 box but for our return trip I condense the liquids into one plastic shoebox then the 2nd shoebox goes into a carry-on for any small breakables we've purchased. After that we pile on the clothes and see how far we can get. We also take a few diet redbulls (always sealed in a ziplock bag) so that helps get rid of a little weight for the return trip.

Another thing that helps is doing what Pam mentioned above and having your real purse inside of a larger carry-on bag that will still fit under the plane seat. I also take a nicer DSLR camera and that will be stored inside of our soft Igloo cooler (for protection without having to lug around the stiff camera bag) then the cooler goes into my beach bag which acts as my carry on. I also have a cross-body purse next to the cooler in the same beach bag that is my actual purse. I also take a few wristlets and will put costume jewelry down in those to avoid having to take a jewelry travel case.

We're going to Isla Mujeres in October for 5 nights...we were highly debating carry-on only but started making a list of stuff we'll need once we get there and decided to just do a single check-in. Our resort is more low key and doesn't require pants at any of the dinner options so I'm reallly hoping we can do one large checked bag, one large carry on then one personal item each.

I actually put a spreadsheet for each vacation outlining our tipping budget, clothes, packing list, etc. I'm a bit obsessed but wouldn't have it any other way.

Phew. I need a vacation from thinking about packing.
LOL! You're funny! Great idea about the plastic shoebox things! I never thought of that, but will incorporate that into my next trip. I also put my smaller cross body purse into either a larger one or carry on.
We also tried to put all the heavier stuff into the carry ons but ended up accidentally packing some sunscreens in them too that of course got thrown away in the security checkpoints. **** So just make sure to not pack anything over 3.5 oz in a carry on or be ready to have it thrown away at the airport. I put the bottle of shampoo in my check in and the conditioner in my husbands and other bottles of liquid split between the kids' bags. That way one bag didn't get too heavy.

But I have always been an overpacker myself, and have now learned that when I pack everything I think I need with matching this and that matching shoes, jewelry etc.... now I just take the basics and less is more and comfort is the key!!!
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I actually put a spreadsheet for each vacation outlining our tipping budget, clothes, packing list, etc. I'm a bit obsessed but wouldn't have it any other way
I do the spreadsheet too! I knew we were vacation sisters! I have everything laid out by day, by meal, by purchase...obsessed? Na!

Yeah, I forgot to mention about a hat..insist on a hat. And also forgot that we use ALOT of zip lock bags...we usually take an extra 10-15 to use for various things...yet another thing to put in the suitcase. This years packing is going to be so nice though!

Thanks Ya'll, you are helping me get super excited!

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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.
Yikes!! I guess that means we will have to go to PDC after we get back, huh? I love these shoes and must have a reason to wear them this year! Lol!
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One thing we do is put a ton of bubble wrap on top of our clothes before we zip the suitcases. It keeps the clothes from moving around as they are jostled from plane to plane and are uber handy to wrap your beautiful Talevera purchases for the trip home (in the carry on luggage). We usually mule down quite a few items, one year we brought an animal trap for CoCos Rescue, the year before that we toted the contents of a large paper box of medical supplies for another rescue. Unloading that, along with the other items we donate, leaves a lot of room in your luggage . We take about 8 books each and at the Royal you can leave them for others to read.

I'm still stressing over my shoes that won't go to Italy....
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Wow. You guys are amazing (and inspiring.) I am going to try to be organized this year!
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I'm still stressing over my shoes that won't go to Italy....
I literally laughed out loud Sharon!
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Time to break out the suitcases! The pile to pack is growing and it needs a home besides the foot of my bed!

Tomorrow seems to be a beautiful day here...hoping the same for Playa next week and the week after, but know what? I don't care what the weather is. Time spent in Mexico instead of PA (at work) is a blessing, rain or shine. Will try to get a little more base tan tomorrow in preparation for our Wednesday arrival.

Check in at The Royal is Monday morning at 12:01 AM. We are hoping that my ten-month communication with the Concierge proves fruitful and we have been assigned an awesome suite and hoping to actually get the same one we had last year. Depending on the price, we may even think about an upgrade. But as soon as those words come off my fingers and onto the paper I say I would rather spend the money doing something else in Playa versus a different room. We don't spend much time in the room anyway!

Also on Monday, we should find out if we're going to be upgraded to first class on the flight down. What a way to start your vacation! With the free first-class upgrade!

So peeps, do I follow the same path that I did with my last trip report or do I take new avenues and not take the same pictures and not post the same info? I know that some people like seeing current pictures of the resort where we are staying and current pictures of the room etc. etc. but it bores some people. I will definitely be taking more pictures out and about since I'm taking my new camera and new lens but just wondering what you readers like to see...

Well, off to handle the last Friday before vacation. Hoping for a slow day.
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It's been almost four years since my last trip to RPDC, so I am in favor of room pics, hotel pics, most definitely food pics. I want to see how the resort has changed.

We leave in 137 days. Can't come soon enough.

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It's been almost four years since my last trip to RPDC, so I am in favor of room pics, hotel pics, most definitely food pics. I want to see how the resort has changed.

We leave in 137 days. Can't come soon enough.
Thanks for the input...I'll try to do it all then. My husband crashes fairly early in the evenings and I'm wide awake. I usually spend that time in bed or on the balcony writing my trip reports.
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Absolutely, post every picture you take!!
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3 days, 9 hrs...but really who counts down???
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