Finding PART ONE:
Teenagers (and even adults) ~ ziplining, trekking and cave snorkelling in the jungle is no excuse to look stupid!
Any day trip you make to the Yucatan, Mexico, home of the ancient Maya, whether on trekking around Chichen Itza, hiking in the Tulum jungle or ATVing in the ancient Mayan sack, is sure to be in fashion and don’t pack the kitchen sink.
Being a place in the jungles and beaches of the ancient Mayan world all my life and knowing a lot of adventure guides, I wrote a fashion article to dress fashionably in the jungle! This is PART TWO and it’s called “How to Prepare and What to Bring”.
My name is Grace of Landis and I welcome you to the jungles and adventures of the ancient Maya.
So, from PART ONE you now have a nice bag or purse that fits your swimsuit and is quite light and easy to carry and has everything you will need for your day trip. Now we can talk about your clothes and touches.
The following rule is very important to keep in mind that you will fully enjoy every tour you take –
A day walk shouldn’t be spent furiously in the sink or in changed clothes and unchanged in your swimsuit. It’s also a time not to get drunk around the huge wet beach towels or convince your friend for his charge either.
Here is a list of points to look out for. There are some variations, but it’s basically the same theme.
1) DO wear the bathing suit under your dress. If you feel better wearing a one-piece costume dress, then I advise you to find a swimsuit that looks one piece, but in fact two pieces. This way if you have to go to the bathroom it won’t be so difficult and secondly, you will have the option to leave it on top / the lowest places or vice versa if you get old or hot.
Note, however, if you have a personal hygiene issue with your swimsuit, here’s the trick – bring a small minipad in your swimsuit and just before you go for a swim, remove it and put it in a toilet paper bag and a bag for your beach bag. arriving in a trash can.
2) DO wear a pair of underwear with a matching skirt (preferably without flattering due to the mass), which is sexy and has colors that will suit your outfit in case it doesn’t dry completely before you get on the bus. Put it in a larger ziploc bag and use the bag for the wet swimsuit if you decide you want to change it after all. And – if you want to be really willing to do anything – take off your bra and put on a second swimsuit!
3) DO wear a blouse or comfortable dress on top of the swimsuit. My favorite is a casual dress because it’s so easy to wear. You can buy one in Mexico – they’re everywhere. They come in different styles and colors and are relatively few. Choose one that matches your swimsuit, beachbag and sandals. Obviously you don’t get a super long one – not good for climbing ruins and walking in jungle. If anyone sees you below, will have your swimsuit on, or you can wear some fitness pants, see below.
4) DO wear shorts and a button-down shirt if you don’t want to wear a dress. Make sure they are bright, and do not stick to your body when you get wet from walking or hiking. We recommend the button for two reasons – don’t get all the lifts stuck above your head and also, it gives you another option for ventilation if it gets hot – you can forget about it and leave it open, so you have the costume underneath!
I also recommend light shorts. Fitness pants can be good for two reasons – they don’t have a bulky zipper and they really dry out if they get wet. They cover the top of the leg, so you won’t have to worry about too much display when you’re scaling in and out on the swimming steps in the cenotes. If you are ziplining, getting the shorts out of them or under the dress is a must, because your dress will be flowing! Even fitness shorts pants have no pockets so you won’t be tempted to use them. This way all your important belongings will be safe in your beach bag and not in the bottom of the cenote under your zipline experience. It’s best to have everything in your beach bag.
5) DO add a pareo. Saris, sarongs, wraps and pareos are all the same thing, but here in Mexico they are called pareos. The pareo will be your mantle. They are quite economical, very light, very absorbent and very versatile. They also make EXCELLENT souvenirs for your friends back home, so buy some a few later before you go! Pairs come in so many colors, you will be sure to find one to match your swimsuit. However, if you read this in the planning stage, you can find a beautiful bright fabric about four feet wide by three feet wide in your local fabric store that stretches and all you have to do is pick a rug in it. the open end is you. have a pareo. The pareo is so light because you can use it for all sorts of things before using it to dry after swimming – you can wrap it around your neck to look cool and even absorb any perspiration you have or sometimes if the sun is hot at Chichen Itza or Tulum Ruins can darken the pareo above your head and keep both yards in height, so keep immediate shade! If you are exposed to the sun, you can dress like a head scarf to cover your face and shoulders and it is so light, don’t you like an oven underneath?
If your dress needs a belt, voila, wear your pareo!
If you need longer sleeves for your beach bag, wear your pareo!
If you get out on an ATV and its moose and want to cover your mouth, wear your pareo!
If you rent a bike in Coba Ruins and you need a bungie cord to attach your things to the basket, use your pareo!
If you buy a huge souvenir and it doesn’t fit in your beach bag, make a skirt and carry it in your pareo!
You can see what I mean by pareos, right?
If you want to be a super star and travel super light, you can even wear your pareo as your dress – they’re big enough and there are a lot of videos on YouTube that show you how to wear them.
6) DO in a hat! As I mentioned a lot of the ruins are in the sun with little shade, so you’ll want to keep shadows on your face for a good portion of the time. Wear a medium-colored hat because you will sweat and you don’t want one of those inexhaustible sweatshirts for everyone to see when you wear your hat to the cloud. Still – that’s a good rule of thumb – don’t buy a hat that says something Spanish about it unless you TOTALLY know what it says! I speak Spanish and I’m really amazed by what some hats say! Get the type of hat that has the velcro hasp at the back, because if you decide to get some sun tan you don’t want squished in your bag – just velcro it on one of the handle and carry around. You might even want to have a safety pin to pin it just in case.
7) DO pointed sunglasses. I recommend the guy having the saddle holding them in his nose instead of two nose shells. Go take your sunglasses in and out all day; to go and take pictures, to swim, to be in the middle of dark caves – and those sunglasses with nose pads are always stuck in your hair when you’re on your head. I highly recommend getting one of those warm cotton swabs around your neck to wear around your neck as well.
If you follow these rules, you will be the most efficient jungle teenager on your trip – light of fashion and travel but totally prepared for everything.
In PART ONE your backback or an elegant bag contains your camera, phone, plastic bag as wallet, plastic bag with a small amount of sunscreen, water bottle, compact mirror, fabric, lipstick, mascara, maybe a brush for hair, elastics and – for the first half of the trip anyway – Apples, oranges and cookies.
In PART II we’ve packed your stylish caps and a matching skirt or a second swimsuit in a larger plastic bag and a safety pin. You want to add a small transparent bag to hold your mini-pad until you can pull it out. Your bag is always very light and you don’t have to pack the kitchen sink. You will have time to enjoy the whole trip and you will look elegant and as you go along.
Be paired and styled from top to bottom, from hat to shoes.