Packing Light

by Lydia Linton Pontius (Sept. 2014)

Getting ready to travel to the Yucatán? Maybe it's your first trip; for me I've lost count of how many times I have gone, but I am trying this time to travel for three weeks with only a carry-on. Though that might sound simple to some of you, I have to travel with my entire office.

In my last article I wrote about figuring out where you want to stay and what you want to do. Taking that to the next logical step, this is about what you'll need.

When I first started going to the Yucatán there were not the stiff costs or restrictions on luggage and there was not much in the way of stores along the Riviera Maya coast. I went on some trips literally with extra luggage brimming with requests from locals. One time I brought flashlights and batteries, other times goods for spay and neuter clinics or school supplies for children. On top of goods for great causes, there were always the special requests from expats who had cravings for something they just couldn't get—Pop-Tarts, candies, or a part for their computer. All that has changed over the years, making it also easier to grab the things you might forget once you get there.

This trip I have decided, since I always make one of my first stops at a large supermercardo, to forego packing things I can't get in small containers and just pick them up at the store. There's no need to carry a large sunscreen when it is easy enough to purchase there. So I'm saving the room for that extra pair of sandals.

Another thing to remember when you are traveling and want to pack light, is there are great laundry services at the major resorts and local places in all of the major cities and towns. In Akumal, for example, there is the long-standing Mulgrew's Laundry and also another locally owned and operated one in the Pueblo; both will have your clean laundry ready usually in less than 24 hours.

Depending on where you are staying and what your plans are for ente