Hola! Buenos Dias amigos. Although not exactly fluent in Spanish, I did pick up a few things in Mexico while on our family vacation last week. Not only some key phrases (margarita por favor, gracias, banyo?) but also some tips to pass on to fellow travelers:
Vacation Tip #1
Do a pre-vacation spray tan! After a quick 20-minute session the day before our departure, I felt ready for the beach. Suddenly my legs looked like they belonged in shorts, and being half naked in public was far less painful with my beautifully-bronzed complexion. Most importantly, I didn’t have to subject my skin to harmful sunrays in order to get some color. I did way too much of that in my younger years!
Vacation Tip # 2
Swimsuit cover-ups are essential and of great value. On numerous times I found myself in a grocery store wearing simply my swimsuit and a cover-up. I love cover-ups because they make me feel stylish and less exposed while going from the beach, to the hotel, to the store, and out for lunch – all the while protecting my skin from the sun!
Vacation Tip #3
Sundresses are the best in après beachwear. They’re comfortable, cool, forgiving, and fashionable. Dress them up with strappy sandals and jewelry, or dress them down with a pair of flip-flops. Have you checked out the “8-Way Dress” video on Swimco’s website? It’s the most versatile vacation wardrobe piece you’ll ever own!
Other Things To Pack…
- Several swimsuit styles so that you can vary strap tan-lines and coverage.
- Comfy sandals that you can dress up or dress down depending on the time of day.
- Big beach bag to hold towels, books, lotions, games, drinks, hat, etc.
- Lots and lots of sunscreen.
- Rashguards to wear in the water. Swimco carries a surf tee that looks like a t-shirt but has SPF 50+ sun protection. A must for kids in the sun, snorkelers, and surfers.
- Bug spray, “after bite” lotion, and antiseptic for minor scratches and cuts.
It can take a lot of planning to make sure you are well-equipped for your holiday, but it’s worth it to be prepared. There were things I wished I had brought, such as a 2-piece (I can’t believe I just said that – I’m a tankini girl!) and another sundress. Oh well, lesson learned for next time.
I had a tremendous holiday in Los Cabos with my husband, two sons, my brother Steve and his wife Nicole. To me there’s nothing more special, nor more memorable than a family vacation. It’s worth all the planning and preparation!
And now I’m headed to the gym to start working off those margaritas and nachos. Adios for now!