What to Pack for Cancun: The Ultimate Packing List

Cancun Packing List by popular international travel blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of a woman sitting by a lazy river and wearing a red swim suit and straw fedora.

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If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you probably know that Tom and I visited Mexico a couple of weeks ago — and it was glorious! I’m going to post a full review of our resort in a few weeks. In the meantime, I wanted to share some of the outfits that I wore during our trip, along with the items I packed that I thought were 100% necessary, and some things I could have left behind.

If you’re headed to the Caribbean soon or thinking about planning a trip in the future, here is the ultimate Cancun packing list!
 
Cancun Packing List by popular international travel blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of a woman wearing a Free People Lets Be Friends Midi Dress, Nordstrom Joanna Straw Hat BRIXTON, Revolve Number One Karen Walker brand: Karen Walker, and ShopBop Gorjana Faye Layer Set Necklace.

Outfit One: Dress | Hat | Sunglasses | Necklace

Cancun Packing List by popular international travel blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of a woman wearing a South Moon Under L*Space Bubblegum Pink Ribbed Beach Wave Bikini Top, South Moon Under L*Space Frenchi Bubblegum Pink Ribbed Bikini Bottom, Nordstrom Joanna Straw Hat BRIXTON, and Revolve Number One Karen Walker brand: Karen Walker.

Outfit Two: Bikini Top & Bottom | Coverup | Hat | Sunglasses

Cancun Packing List by popular international travel blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of a woman wearing a Free People Shailee Slip, ShopBop Gorjana Faye Layer Set Necklace, and Moda Operandi Cult Gaia Max Woven Raffia Tote.

Outfit Three: Dress | Necklace | Bag

Cancun Packing List by popular international travel blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of a woman wearing a white cover up and Revolve Number One Karen Walker brand: Karen Walker.

Outfit Four: Coverup | Sunglasses

Cancun Packing List by popular international travel blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of a woman wearing Revolve Number One Karen Walker brand: Karen Walker sunglasses, ShopBop Free People Little Of Your Love Jumpsuit, and Nordstrom Joanna Straw Hat BRIXTON.

Outfit Five: Jumpsuit (Also Here) | Hat | Sunglasses

Cancun Packing List by popular international travel blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of a woman wearing a Nordstrom Joanna Straw Hat BRIXTON, Revolve Number One Karen Walker brand: Karen Walker sunglasses, and American Eagle AERIE CUT OUT ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT.

Outfit Six: Swimsuit | Hat | Sunglasses

We stayed five nights at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico (Excellence Playa Mujeres), and we spent plenty of time at the beach and the pool. In all honesty, I probably could have packed less clothing options for the day — I spent most of my time at the pool and beach during the day and didn’t need a casual outfit for the time in between the pool and dinner. If you’re planning on relaxing at an all-inclusive and don’t plan on going on daytime excursions, you’ll likely be living in your swimsuit and coverup during the day and won’t need that many other daytime options!

If you’re headed to Cancun, here is the ultimate packing list:

The Ultimate Cancun Packing List

Carry-On:

  • Passport
  • Bikini and coverup (if you’re getting to the resort during the day)
  • Sandals for pool/beach
  • Books/Magazines/Kindle
  • Prescriptions, over the counter meds & any other personal items
  • Charging cables for electronics
  • Curling Iron/Flat Iron
  • Toiletries
    • Shampoo/conditioner/styling products
    • Face wash/lotion/toners/serums/etc
    • Contact lens solution
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Makeup
  • Bug lotion (probably the most important thing we packed!)
  • Mosquito repellent bracelets (another crucial product for us!)
  • Sunscreen (it’s costly once you get to the hotel!)
  • Extra sets of clothes & underwear (just in case your checked luggage doesn’t make it!)
  • Backup feminine care products (will also be expensive at the hotel)
  • Tip Money (if going to an all-inclusive — make sure to tip! They will accept USD.)
  • Sunglasses
  • Lip Balm (this one has SPF 20!)
  • Jewelry (Don’t check!)
  • Glasses (if you’re not wearing them on the plane)

Checked Luggage (If Applicable):

  • Swimsuits (lots of them — I brought five and wore every single one of them!)
  • Coverups (I’d recommend at least 2)
  • Dinner outfits (check if your resort has a dress code)
  • Casual Daytime Outfits (Don’t need a ton of these, unless you have excursions planned)
  • Undergarments
  • Pajamas
  • Hats and/or caps
  • Sandals
  • Tote/Beach Bag
  • Small bag/clutch for dinner (you won’t need to carry much!)
  • A Yeti/Tervis type cup to keep drinks cool while in the sun (something we forgot that we thought was pretty crucial. Drinks melt fast during the day! I’m a big fan of Corkcicle!)
  • Small manicure scissors (just in case you need to cut tags/etc.)

Is there anything else I should have included in my Cancun packing list?  Let me know in a comment below!

Looking for more packing inspo? See how I pack for a long trip here!

Photos by Tom McGovern