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Our Editor-Approved Spring Break Packing Guide: Mexico

So here's the thing: I've never been on a spring break vacation. At least not in the a fun-in-the-sun, party-til-dawn, MTV-hosted kind of way that people associate with the term. My history of March/April getaways is limited to an educational tour of Washington D.C.'s Holocaust Museum and a trip to Paris that, while very romantic, was also incredibly cold. None of my past trips during this time year have even been somewhere warm—let alone Las Vegas, Punta Cana or that holy mecca of all spring breakers, Cancun.

Not that I'm actually interested in visiting that particular Mexican city anytime soon. Not now, at age 26, when the period of my life when I might enjoy a week's worth glorified frat parties is over. If I were to venture south of the border for a post-winter escape, I'd prefer to relax in a more remote part of the country—perhaps Tulum? Or Isla Mujeres? (Never heard of them? Good.) Really, any area filled with nearly-empty beaches and enough quiet to finally finish my brick-like copy of Anna Karenina would work just fine for me. (Because then, when I take a break to flip through the second two Fifty Shades installments I've been secretly dying to read for the last six months, no one will see—shhh.)

Besides lots of books, here's what I'd pack.

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Tropical vacations are not the time to waste suitcase space on extra footwear. One very awesome, very versatile and (most importantly) very walkable pair of shoes are all that's needed. (Soludos—more on those soon!—not included!)

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Also doubles as a bra. (Because when it's really hot, I just can't with those padded cups.)


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Stays out of the designated laundry duffel a little longer than white. (And by day four, that's a very importantly quality to have.)
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Instead of flips-flops, I always wear these on the beach. That way my feet don't get burned by too-hot sand.
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Pretty much every piece Isabel Marant made this season would work for a trip to Mexico. But since I can't bring the whole collection, I'd start with this top.
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Much like my rule for footwear, one (perfect) pair does the trick.
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Prettier than the average beach bag, so it works as an oversized purse, too.
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When it comes to Montezuma's revenge, one must not take chances.
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