Spring break Cancun tips—what to pack for a one week beach all inclusive vacation
What should your suitcase look like for traveling to Cancun in April?
My husband and I have done quite a bit of travelling and are getting pretty good for not only packing, but packing light. One thing you learn is how much you can pack and not use. So after a few times repacking clean clothes to take home at the end of the trip, I have cut down a lot. For example on our just finished spring break 7 night trip, we only took one full size suitcase and one carryon bag for 2 people including small handheld vacuum for those extra sandy days on the beach. We had a couple personal bags of course. I carried my neon yellow travel purse and my husband had his Coach leather shoulder bag that we’ve converted to carry our cameras and lenses. We have been very fortunate in our travels so far because we have never lost our suitcase, YET! We’ve had some come through in pretty bad shape but they always show up eventually. Anyway, it’s only a matter of time before it’s our turn to have our luggage go on a separate vacation from us, so we always try to prepare for the worst situation.
In our carryon bag I will pack at least one day of everything essential. This includes a change of underclothes! You can survive a lot if you have some clean clothes next to your important parts! I have a couple rules for our packing that have come from our experiences. One is, if there is anything that is worth more than $100 then it should be either in the carryon or in my personal purse. The same applies to whatever I think is not replaceable at that moment. This usually applies to small electronics such as cameras, iPads and shavers or similar. Unfortunately I have to check through a lot of makeup that meets the minimum dollar requirement but is too big to meet the small liquid size that’s allowed to come onboard with you. I always worry about losing my makeup bag more than most things but so far, so good!
So how to pack for clothes? I’m glad you asked! For our week (March 20-27) in Cancun it was almost 85° every day so I didn’t have any chance to use my long sleeve T-shirt or sweaters. But I’m not complaining! That’s exactly the weather we were trying to find after our Michigan February. I’m pretty sure that month had about 53 days in it! And every one was COLD! We did our homework and research on the weather. We checked the forecast and looked into the averages for this time of year. So we had a pretty good idea of what to expect. And it seems like the weather forecasters for Cancun were a lot more accurate that the ones who cover the Detroit area! Or maybe when it’s a boring 85 and sunny almost every day it’s easier to predict the weather.
Here is the list of what I packed:
1. 3 two piece bikinis and one 1 piece swimsuit
2. 4 beach covers
3. One pair of flip flops, please consider that they love marble in Cancun, and everything is slippery as a result. I would bring flip flops that have good traction for around the pool.
4. Two pairs of sandals for dinner and one pair of flats for excursions. (Note that shoes usually can take up most of the space in my suitcase so I try to find the most comfy ones and also make sure they are easy to coordinate with most of the outfits)
5. 7 dresses for dinner; 1 for each day
6. Two shorts
7. Two tops
8. 3 pairs of sunglasses
9. Two hats
10. 4 evening bags and one cross body bag for day trips
11. One long necklace & two mid length necklaces
12. 6 bracelets
13. Two pair of earrings
15. A few assorted hair accessories
16. Mosquito spray! In fact we brought some convenient wipes that would put the repellent where you wanted it. Luckily we didn’t need it. Where we stayed was not bad, but we heard a lot of complaints from some others.
17. At least 3 bottles of waterproof sunscreen for two adults for a week. Note that with both the insect spray and sunscreen it’s better to bring a bit more than you may think you need. The all-inclusive resorts make a LOT of money on these particular items if you come up short!
18. Two cameras. One for blogworthy photos and one for candid or underwater use.
19. Two watches. One dress and one for underwater. After all even if you’re at the beach you don’t want to miss the next buffet!
I like to be organized so I put things together and in a bag. It helps keep them so they are not going to roll around in your suitcase. I usually roll all the clothes together as well and this trick really saved a lot of space. But make sure you have a small scale to weigh your suitcase. On most airlines in the coach section where we sit the limit is 50 pounds.
We love our Samsonite suitcase! It’s hard sided to protect our belongings but is still pretty light weight. One great feature it has is 4 wheels that let the bag spin 360° or you can drag it behind you on two wheels like a traditional suitcase. You will really appreciate this versatility when you are rolling it over different surfaces.
I will do a few product reviews about the things we used and loved later. Please come back and check out more info.
Here is my outfit from our first evening:
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