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Availability of goods and services is an important consideration when moving to a foreign country. Overall, Mérida does pretty well. However, some specialty items either can’t be found or are very expensive. The solution is to buy them NOB. Shipping to Mexico is expensive and sometimes unreliable. The solution is shipping items to a friend or relative’s home NOB and having someone mule it down.

What did I get? Duct tape and spray paint!

“Duct tape and spray paint? they don’t have duct tape and spray paint in Mexico?” you ask.

Of course they have duct tape in Mexico, you can buy it at Home Depot or the grocery store. It’s readily available,if what you want is the common silvery gray stuff. I, however, am the proud owner of zebra striped duct tape. Duct tape is great stuff, they make prom dresses and wallets from it.I once did an emergency repair on my car using duct tape and a pencil pouch to mend a split hose. The only thing it’s not really great for is repairing ducts.

As for spray paint, Comex makes great spray paint. I even used it to freshen up my plastic chairs when they faded and started to release color. Instead of boring dark green plastic chairs,ours are in various shades of blue.

What I wanted was Krylon Looking Glass Spray, which I haven’t been able to find here. I’ve completed my duct tape project but I’m still pondering the best way to do my spray paint project. I probably should of ordered two cans.

What did I do? You know that anxious feeling you have traveling, while you wait for your luggage to appear? When I bought my bags ten years ago, red seemed an unusual and easy to spot color for my bags. However, I seem to have been a trend setter or maybe the powers that be sort luggage by color because there sure are a lot of them on any flight that I take.

Mrs. WB and I were discussing the problem. I had decided to decorate my bags and we were considering the options. I started with some trompe-l’oeil on my carry-on bag, a handkerchief hanging from one of the pockets but wanted something more distinctive for my check-in. Our consensus was that it should be distinctive but not too weird or offbeat. 041I think I achieved my goal, what do you think?


About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Madame Pliers, thank you. My big problem is knowing when to stop. LOL, it was easy in this case, I ran out of tape.


  2. The zebra-striped duct tape was a great way to individualize your suitcase for easy recognition. Congrats on the creative solution to a classic problem!

  3. Rainie, your comment somehow ended up in my spam folder! I guess we still have to keep an eye on these automatic processes.
    You are so sweet to say that about me. Thank you.

  4. Barb, you can buy all sorts of colors and designs in duct tape now a days. I wrapped it around the 3 handles, on one of the front zipper compartments and on the plastic “skids”. You will be traveling back and forth, it would probably be a good idea for you.

  5. Theresa,
    You are definately the most creative person I know. Zebra duct tape….how wonderful.

  6. What a great idea. I love it!

  7. Thank you Brenda, I am just wondering how it will hold up in the humidity. However, that just means that I get to do something else, right?

  8. Very nice, looks good and stands out, perfect combo.

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