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What to pack for Cancun
You’ve booked your Cancun vacation, and you’re counting down the days to sunny days and cold margaritas. Now, you just need to decide what to pack! In this guide, I’ll help you figure out what to pack for Cancun. This is a guide for what to pack for an all-inclusive vacation, but the same general tips apply to any Cancun getaway.
What to pack for an all-inclusive vacation
The vacation is all-inclusive, so you just need a bathing suit and some cash for tips, right?! Well, kind of. Although you can probably get away with a bikini, cash, and passport, there are a few other things you should pack for your all-inclusive Cancun vacation.
You might also enjoy my Hyatt Zilara Cancun Review. If you’re looking for a luxury, adults-only, all-inclusive resort, you will love this one!
What to pack in a carry-on
I’m a carry-on only kind of girl, but I realize that not everyone is like me. If you’re checking luggage, it’s important to pack your essentials in your carry-on. That way, if any luggage is delayed or lost, at least you have what you need. Make sure to carry at least the following in your carry-on:
- 2 outfits (one beach outfit, one dinner outfit, more on these below)
- 1 bathing suit
- All important documents
The beautiful Hotel Zone in Cancun.
Clothing to bring on an all-inclusive vacation
1. Beach cover-up.
You’ll be in a bathing suit a lot. A whole lot. A cover-up is excellent if you need to run up to your room or to get a snack or drink anywhere requiring a cover-up.
This cover-up by Cupshe is adorable and available on Amazon for under $30.
2. At least two bathing suits.
I recommend bringing at least one bathing suit to wear and one to dry. You can even bring 3 or 4. Again, Cupshe has some of my favorite cute and affordable bathing suits.
3. Dinner outfit
Typically there will be at least one, maybe two, resort restaurants with a stricter dress code. Make sure to bring a dress, skirt or jumpsuit, and dress sandals or heels. I would recommend bringing two “dressy” outfits for dinner if you’re staying for a few days.
Many restaurants will require a collared shirt or polo shirt, so bring a couple of those. Bring one pair of long pants and a pair of close-toed shoes.
The perfect dinner outfits for an all-inclusive resort.
Most restaurants have a more relaxed stress code where a polo shirt and nice shorts will be sufficient.
4. Clothes for excursions
If you plan to go on any excursions, make sure to pack appropriately. If you will be doing any hiking or extensive walking, I would recommend shoes like Tevas.
5. Resort clothes
Shorts, tank tops, t-shirts, and sundresses are all excellent options for “normal” resort wear.
Accessories for an all-inclusive vacation
6. A wet bag
Don’t underestimate the value of a good wet bag. If you spend the morning before you leave in the pool, you’ll need somewhere to stash your wet bathing suits.
7. Reef-Safe sunscreen
You’ll probably need sunscreen on your all-inclusive vacation in Cancun, so make sure that it’s reef safe. You can check out my post about the best reef-safe sunscreens here.
8. A good hat
There’s nothing better than a big, floppy sun hat. I have this one, and it squishes nicely into a suitcase.
Pool-side must-haves for an all-inclusive resort
9. An insulated cup like a Hydroflask or Yeti
Lots of plastic is used at all-inclusive resorts, and let’s be honest, those tiny plastic cups don’t hold much anyway. By bringing your own, you’ll be saving both plastic and trips to the pool bar.
10. A lounge for the pool
A small float or Water Hammock to use in the pool or ocean can be a fantastic thing to have. Just remember not to be rude in a crowded pool.
If you want to be extra, bring some of these:
Other all-inclusive must-haves
11. Cash for tips
While tips are technically included at all-inclusive resorts, you’ll want to bring some money for extra tips. If you’re able to afford to go on vacation, you’re probably also able to bring a little extra cash to tip. A great tip can make someone’s day!
12. A way to stash for cash
If you’re hanging out at the pool, you might not have an excellent way to keep ahold of your cash. I recommend either a waterproof phone case if you plan to have your phone with you or this genius scrunchy that hides your money.
13. A GoPro
If you don’t have a GoPro, you should invest in one for your all-inclusive vacation. Check out my favorite GoPro and accessories here.
14. Your own snorkel gear
If you plan to snorkel, make sure to bring your own gear. Some companies are charging extra for equipment due to current restrictions, plus it’s kind of gross anyway, so just bring your own. 🙂
15. Aloe vera gel
This is self-explanatory. It’s costly in resort gift shops, so bring some. Hanalei brand is my absolute favorite.
What to pack for Cancun
I hope this list of what to pack for Cancun has helped you figure out what to pack for an all-inclusive vacation. While there are many travel restrictions in place, Cancun is currently one of the most accessible places to visit and offers a glimmer of hope for those of us who have had to cancel any travel plans this year.
Travel is a personal choice, so make sure to be cautious, consider booking in advance, and make sure to get travel insurance – just in case!
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