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Old 07-01-2014, 11:14 PM
 
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I am going to the Mexican Caribbean coast on a vacation. While there I will go on sightseeing trips to the Mayan pyramids too. The sun is burning there, the weather is very hot and humid, they say there are mosquitoes too. So, for the sun and mosquitoes long pants and long sleeve shirts would be recommended, for the heat it would require short sleeve shirts and shorts or tank tops.
I recently saw in the sports shop, that there are these long sleeve "workout t-shirts" or "running t-shirts". They are made for heavy perspiration during a short workout. Would they be good for all day wear in hot climate without workout? Traditional cotton shirts would soak up a lot of sweat, as tourists sweat like crazy when travelling to the tropics. Changing shirts every half an hour is not an option.

What do you wear in the tropics? Short or long sleeve, short or long pants, cotton or plastic-workout-materials?
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Old 07-01-2014, 11:47 PM
 
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I wear long pants, long sleeve lightweight shirt and a wide brimmed hat. I sunburn easily and also subject to skin cancer. The Caribbean is a sunburn/uv/skin cancer haven.
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Old 07-02-2014, 12:34 AM
 
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The weather isn't that extreme in Yucatan Mexico at all, I doubt it's anything you've never experienced. What kind of answer were you expecting? The answer is obvious: whatever feels comfortable and sun block.
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Old 07-02-2014, 04:09 AM
 
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It's the eternal question. I am lucky not to sunburn much and to have a skin that turns directly a plaesant brown in the sun. And I love it to feel the sun on my skin. So usually I dress the bare minimum when I do visits of historical places in the tropics, which isn't much of a problem in Mexico (where however some stupid female stared at me because I went swimming with my speedos), but in Thailand it's a big problem, because in that traditional society one has to cover up to visit holy shrines, temples, palaces, etc, -which is a pain in the ass, to put it bluntly.
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:23 AM
 
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I am going to the Mexican Caribbean coast on a vacation. While there I will go on sightseeing trips to the Mayan pyramids too. The sun is burning there, the weather is very hot and humid, they say there are mosquitoes too. So, for the sun and mosquitoes long pants and long sleeve shirts would be recommended, for the heat it would require short sleeve shirts and shorts or tank tops.
I recently saw in the sports shop, that there are these long sleeve "workout t-shirts" or "running t-shirts". They are made for heavy perspiration during a short workout. Would they be good for all day wear in hot climate without workout? Traditional cotton shirts would soak up a lot of sweat, as tourists sweat like crazy when travelling to the tropics. Changing shirts every half an hour is not an option.

What do you wear in the tropics? Short or long sleeve, short or long pants, cotton or plastic-workout-materials?
Take a 25% DEET bug spray, that problem is solved.

Wear comfortable cotton shorts, sports sandals, and either a tek shirt (UnderArmor are the best IMHO) or a comfortable lightweight cotton/linen blend shirt.

Before you get dressed in the morning, liberally apply a good sunscreen. I have had two doctors suggest that the Neutrogena waterproof sports spray on is the best out there, as it protects against both spectrums. Don't forget the back of your neck and tops of your feet.

Wear a hat with a brim wide enough to keep the sun off your ears, nose, and the back of your neck. Wear UV blocking sunglasses, a sports/wrap around style won't let stray rays in.

Personally, I think you are over thinking this.

It's a lot hotter in Modesto and Paso than in the Yucatan, and there are breezes coming off the water in the part of Mexico you are visiting that help keep it cooler.
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:24 AM
 
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It's the eternal question. I am lucky not to sunburn much and to have a skin that turns directly a plaesant brown in the sun. And I love it to feel the sun on my skin. So usually I dress the bare minimum when I do visits of historical places in the tropics, which isn't much of a problem in Mexico (where however some stupid female stared at me because I went swimming with my speedos), but in Thailand it's a big problem, because in that traditional society one has to cover up to visit holy shrines, temples, palaces, etc, -which is a pain in the ass, to put it bluntly.
If you were visiting Mayan ruins in a Speedo, I'd be staring too.
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Old 07-02-2014, 11:29 AM
 
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Clothing =
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For the bugs =
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Old 07-02-2014, 01:22 PM
 
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I am going to the Mexican Caribbean coast on a vacation. While there I will go on sightseeing trips to the Mayan pyramids too. The sun is burning there, the weather is very hot and humid, they say there are mosquitoes too. So, for the sun and mosquitoes long pants and long sleeve shirts would be recommended, for the heat it would require short sleeve shirts and shorts or tank tops.
I recently saw in the sports shop, that there are these long sleeve "workout t-shirts" or "running t-shirts". They are made for heavy perspiration during a short workout. Would they be good for all day wear in hot climate without workout? Traditional cotton shirts would soak up a lot of sweat, as tourists sweat like crazy when travelling to the tropics. Changing shirts every half an hour is not an option.

What do you wear in the tropics? Short or long sleeve, short or long pants, cotton or plastic-workout-materials?
I would not even consider anything other than short sleeves and shorts or mid length pants when sight seeing especially in the summer months. Just be sure to use a lot of sun screen and bug stray.
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Old 07-02-2014, 01:40 PM
 
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I use hiking pants and quick dry LS shirts. Long and long, though the pants can be converted to shorts. Anytime I go to Asian, Central America, or South American rainforests this is what I wear.
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Old 07-03-2014, 02:29 AM
 
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I think the shirts you are speaking of, are Under Armor shirts. If you don't plan on purchasing bug spray and you burn easily.. then yes wear pants and a long sleeve shirt. Due to the temp and humidity at that time of the year, an under armor like shirt with wicking properties would be ideal. As for pants, something light weight and breaths well is going to be ideal. There are some cargo style lightweight pants out there, than will zip off into shorts. A wide brim hat would also be ideal for some of the tours you plan on going on. The closer you get to the equator.. the less forgiving the sun will be.

Take a backpack with water, bug spray and sun screen and use/consume all of them regularly. Keep in mind, just because it saws it is waterproof or sweat proof, does not mean you shouldn't re-apply it ever few hours. Lastly, enjoy yourself. I have been many places in the middle of the summer where the temps are high and so is the humidity. Sometimes that sticky feeling and often the suffocating feeling of the heat can become distracting from the wonderful things around me. Proper attire and hydration will help with that.
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