Mexico cruise checklist: what to bring on your cruise
Mexico Cruise Checklist 101
So you’ve booked your cruise to and need to start packing. I don’t know about you but I hate forgetting essential items when I am away on vacation. Well packing help is here with a Mexico cruise checklist full of items you don’t want to forget!
Identification: Here at CruiseExperts.com we recommend always having a passport for travel outside the U.S. If you are on a closed loop cruise you can travel outside the United States with other forms of I.D. but getting a passport is still the most preferred option. Click here to learn more about closed looped cruises.
Regardless it is always best to bring a few forms of identification. Personally, I even make copies of my birth certificate and drivers’ license, and although I have never had to the copies it makes me feel safer to have a backup. It’s important to remember that identification guidelines change all the time so double check with your travel advisor before sailing and ensure you have all of the required identification you will need.
Currency: People often forget to bring cash when cruising. I recommend always having a little stash of cash hidden away for when I need it for tipping, cab fare, and other hidden fees. You never know when an ATM machine will be down. Even though this is not essential on the cruise ship itself, you never know when you may need a few extra dollars.
Surprisingly many popular Mexico cruise ports will take American money but it’s best to change over to the Peso for several reasons. First and foremost, just because many vendors in popular tourist towns can take American currency doesn’t mean they all will. You don’t want to be stuck not being able to pay for something you want. You should also keep in mind that you may be charged an exchange rate fee through your bank when using a credit card outside of the U.S. or when you try to withdrawal cash from a bank in Mexico. It is best to withdrawal foreign currency from your local bank before you travel to avoid extra costs and fees.
Clothing: Mexico weather is usually mild all year long but it’s always a safe bet to pack a light jacket or sweater. Even in the nicest weather the wind can be a bit cold on the cruise ship, so pack a little something to keep you covered! Same goes for your foot ware, I’ve known many people that have just packed sandals and ended up having to purchase sneakers that they really didn’t want because the shore excursion they decided to do in Mexico required you to have covered feet. Speaking of shore excursions, pack for those too. If you plan to go hiking to a Mayan temple bring your hiking boots! If you want to go snorkeling bring your wetsuit and snorkeling gear. But, one thing you must remember to bring is your beach clothes! Still pack those sandals, bathing suits, and sun hats!
Essentials: Probably one of the hardest things to get right on your Mexico cruise checklist are your everyday needs. Even the most organized packer may forget one or two items and there is nothing worse than having to buy something on the ship at a high cost when you have 10 of those same items at home. What I like to do is have a vacation bag ready. Here is how it works; a month prior to my cruise I get my vacation bag out. Anything small I use during that month goes in that bag. Last time I had Motrin, allergy medication, a nail file, nail clippers, lotion, and a few other essentials. Of course, I took a few things out of the bag before departing that I knew I wouldn’t need and added a few things I thought I might and guess what, I didn’t have to purchase a thing! Also, make a list and add to it all month when you think of something. Leave it in the bathroom for the most effective results. This will help you remember the main essentials like sunscreen, sun glasses, and phone charger; while having the opportunity to add less common items like a large plastic bag for your dirty clothes.
Entertainment: Although, you probably won’t use it I like to bring at least a few forms of entertainment; especially if you are flying to your cruise port. Bring a book that you’ve been longing to read or download a few movies on your tablet. This will require a much longer and more extensive list if you are traveling with kids.
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Kimberly Wheeler joined the team at CruiseExperts.com in September 2014. Her role as a Social Media Marketer is to pass on the expertise of the agency to help travelers understand the world of cruising through blogging. Kimberly has an extensive background in Public Relations and Marketing and a passion for engaging the public. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication and Journalism with an option in Public Relations from Fresno State University in May 2014.