Whoohoo! Packing time for the tropical regions of Mexico. Got an all-inclusive trip coming up but don’t know where to start when it comes to packing?
Welcome to the only Mexico all-inclusive packing guide you’ll ever need. For a trip like this where bulky items are not needed and shorts/bathing suits will be worn almost 24/7, you’ve got a lot more flexibility (and free luggage room)!
This post contains my ultimate all-inclusive resort packing list to ensure you have everything you’ll need to bring with you to Mexico (and any other beach destinations, really!) and pack like a pro!
Many of the items in this packing list are considered essentials, which means they can be used on many other future trips, too. So if you find yourself needing to buy a lot of things for your Mexico all-inclusive vacation, I assure you, you’ll be setting yourself up for success on future trips!
This packing guide will make sure you’re ultra prepared for your Mexico all-inclusive vacation so you can spend your money and time worrying about the things that matter—having fun!
So without further ado, let’s dive into your all-inclusive Mexico packing list!
*All of the products listed in this post are my personal tried and true recommendations and may contain affiliate links. You won’t be paying a cent more, but in the event of a sale, the small affiliate commission I receive will help keep this blog running. Thanks!
Still undecided with which all-inclusive resort in Mexico to go with? Here are some of our faves:
- 7 Best All-Inclusive Resorts In Rivera Maya, Mexico
- 7 Best Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resorts In Riviera Maya, Mexico
- 15 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Cancun for Families
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Fashion / Style: What To Expect At An All-Inclusive Resort
Mexico is all about the laidback, beachy lifestyle. Due to the warm and tropical weather, shorts, t-shirts, light linen shirts, sundresses, and sandals are all the norm in Mexico.
In some instances, your all-inclusive resort will require more formal clothing in order to dine in some of their restaurants. They may even have evening entertainment or dancing to end the night. If that’s the case, you’ll want to save some room in your luggage for those fancier outfits.
If you do plan on having a fancier meal or two, a collared shirt and pants (for men) or sundress (for the ladies) is all you’ll really need for almost any restaurant.
Aside from that, you can expect to be in bathing suits, beach cover-ups, and dresses (shorts and tees for the guys) almost 24/7!
Now that we’ve set the stage on what to expect at an all-inclusive resort, let’s get on to the packing details.
Consider The Weather in Mexico Before Packing
Typically, the weather in Mexico doesn’t fluctuate a whole lot throughout the year. There might be seasons where there’s more humidity or more rain, and there might be seasons where nights are colder than others, and there might be seasons where hurricanes are more prevalent.
But for the most part, it will be warm and humid. Regardless of when you visit, you should aim to have all your bases covered.
Below is an example of what weather is like in the Yucatan Peninsula (Cancun, Riviera Maya, Tulum) throughout the year.
WET SEASON: The wet season runs from May to October and tends to be actually hotter than the dry season. Hurricane season in the Yucatan spans June to November, with a higher likelihood of storms from August to October. Actual hurricanes are rare though, so it’s still a decent time to visit if you don’t mind periodic rain showers here and there throughout the day.
DRY SEASON: The dry season is from December to April. Travelers will find cooler, more pleasant temperatures.
The takeaway: Along with your warm-weather clothing, bring additional clothing to cover your bases. Bring something for the rain (if traveling during the wet season) and bring something light for those cooler nights.
Consider Your Mexico All-Inclusive Activities Before Packing
What activities are you going to be doing in Mexico? Will you be doing adrenaline-pumping activities outside of your all-inclusive resort? Will you be getting onto a watercraft? Snorkeling? Or perhaps staying by the pool and lounging on the beach is all you plan on doing, which is perfectly fine, too!
Your planned activities will influence your Mexico all-inclusive packing list.
If you’re going to be doing water activities or hiking activities, there’s a lot of stuff you need to consider bringing, like water shoes, snorkeling and scuba equipment, hiking shoes, etc.
If beach lounging and eating around town is what your main objective is, you won’t need much other than beachwear and light, casual clothing.
Packing Gear: How To Carry Your Stuff To Mexico
Before you pack anything, it’s important to start with the skin and bones of packing. Having the right bags to put your belongings in is extremely important. The last thing you want is to toss everything for your trip into a bag with no method of organization.
Why? Because you’ll find yourself spending a lot of extra time later on packing and repacking once you’re actually on your trip. Trust me, your life will be so much easier when you actually apply a strategy to how you pack.
You’ve got two options here. Do you want to go with a wheeled case or a travel backpack?
Wheeled carry-ons are awesome in that they are pretty much weightless on your body, you just roll and go.
The other option is a backpack. Travel packs are so convenient when it comes to hands-free commuting. As you’ll likely be needing a car (or car service) to get around in Mexico and not lugging your bags around on foot, you could really go with either option.
1. Wheeled suitcase
If I can, I’ll always go with carry-on luggage before opting for a checked bag. Why? You can just get through the airport so much faster without a checked bag!
I use my Monos Carry-On Pro whenever I want something sturdier than a travel backpack. This carry-on is roomy and super sleek-looking. The built-in TSA locks help to deter theft, ensuring that only you or a TSA agent have easy access to your belongings when traveling.
I love the Monos brand and all the bags they offer!
2. Travel backpack
For more adventurous trips (or trips where I’ll be on the move a lot), I’m a travel backpack kind of person; I love my Osprey Aura 65 so much.
If you plan to be doing a lot of moving around on your trip, this might be the better option for you compared to wheeled luggage. You’ll be able to get from point A to point B so much quicker without having the wheels slow you down!
This bag is extremely comfortable because of its super intense hip belt (if you get it, you’ll see what I mean) and perfect for those warm travel days due to the ventilation technology.
I actually went backpacking with this pack and can attest to its greatness. Totally worth the investment. If you’re looking for a new travel bag or backpacking bag, GET THIS BAG! You won’t regret it.
3. Packing cubes
You need to get these packing cubes, they are amazing at creating space in your luggage that you never thought you had. However you want to organize your clothes— by day, by outfit, by type—these will be the most useful thing you have in your packing artillery.
Gone are the days where you need to dig through your entire suitcase for that one thing you’re looking for, because you’ll know exactly where it’s at.
Traveling with someone else? If you need more packing cubes than what’s offered in the 6-piece set above, the Well Traveled 8-Piece Deluxe Set Compression Packing Cubes is another great option!
4. Everyday bag
A mini backpack that can fit a water bottle, phone, camera, sunglasses and sunscreen is a great option. Another good option for days where you’re not feeling the backpack look is a medium-sized, cross-body bag.
And if you’re able to find a bag that folds flat so that you’re able to stow it in your carry-on, even better! I like the Fjallraven Kanken Mini Backpack or my trusty Bellroy Sling for something simple and compressible, so when I’m not using it, I can flatten it and store it in my luggage.
For the guys (and gals too), crossbody shoulder sling bags work really well for traveling! My partner is absolutely obsessed with his Bellroy Sling Bag too!
Clothing: What To Wear In Mexico
You really don’t need that many shirts, especially if you choose versatile pieces, allowing them to be multifunctional. You can go with a mix of sleeveless and sleeved for the most part, with one caveat.
Depending on which part of the country you visit and what season you visit, mosquitos may be a problem. If mosquitos could be a problem, pack 1-2 lightweight long sleeves (or bring some bug repellent spray).
Bring 1 pair of long pants just in case there happens to be a chill at night or if you plan to attend a more formal event. Pants are also great for protecting against mosquitos at night. For summers, in the face of humidity, go with loose and light materials like cotton or linen.
Jeans can be way too hot for summer travel. Trust me, I’ve experienced my fair share of sweaty legs trapped in jeans. It’s pretty uncomfortable, to say the least.
7a. Shorts or skirts
2-3 pairs will do. If you plan on wearing more dresses, you can definitely cut out some tops and bottoms and substitute them with dresses.
In terms of shorts, I love the shorts that prAna makes–they’re good for traveling, hiking, exploring, and downright lounging.
7b. Bike shorts
Let me be the first to tell you about my newest discovery on how to keep my legs from becoming a huge sweaty mess… I love Thigh Society’s shorties for hot weather!
There are two different options I like depending on what look I’m going for. If I want to wear an above-the-knee dress on a hot day, I go with The Cooling 5″ option. It’s so thin, meaning “sweaty butt” won’t be an issue.
And they’re especially useful if it happens to be a windy day. These lil’ shorties make me feel so much more comfortable knowing that I have an extra layer of protection and coverage should the wind decide to do me dirty and lift my dress in one swoop.
The other pair that I have is The Original, which has become a staple in my hot weather arsenal too. They’re super-versatile because these guys are very opaque, meaning they can be worn alone or layered under clothes.
I find that I can wear them in all sorts of situations — while exploring a new city, ziplining, ATVing, working out, on airplanes, on road trips, and even as pajama bottoms! Love ’em!
Leggings are very useful if you plan on working out at the resort, hiking, or want something comfortable to lounge in on the plane ride. I love traveling with leggings and can’t really go on any trip without at least 1 pair!
A pair of lightweight leggings like Lululemon’s Fast and Free Tight is a great option if you’re looking for breathability while getting that protection from bugs and the sun’s UV rays. The best part? These have pockets large enough to fit your phone in!
Plan to pack ~3 long dresses for your trip to Mexico. Long or flowy dresses/skirts are really great options if you want to save space in your luggage.
If you plan on going out at night, aim for one of the dresses to be appropriate for both daytime and evening looks. Add a nice cardigan (or even a shawl), swap out the flip-flops for your nicer sandals, and be on your merry way! It’s all about versatility!
My rule of thumb: To save room for things I plan to buy on vacation, I’ll always bring ~2 outfits less than the number of days I plan on traveling. I know historically I tend to not wear everything I pack, so I’ve adjusted for this in the packing process. Plus, everything you bring is washable and re-wearable. You should evaluate your situation and adjust for it as well!
My Picks: Tropical Vacationwear
10. Underwear and socks
Bring 1 pair of underwear for as many days as you’re going to be traveling. Sometimes, I even bring extra for changing out of bathing suits after a visit to the beach.
I also tend to bring fewer socks than the number of days I’m visiting because I find that I wear sandals more than shoes in Mexico!
These items are light enough where overpacking is not a problem.
Depending on your activity level, 2-3 will do. Because I’m pretty active and tend to do a lot of tropical hiking, I typically bring more sports bras than regular bras. (Plus, your swimming suit tops can function as bras too.)
In order to save on luggage space, bring less and just throw them in the wash as needed.
12. Comfortable Walking Shoes
You should at least bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes with good support and traction.
My all-time favorite travel shoes these days are the tried and true Ecco Soft 7 (they’re stylish, comfortable, and have been raved about for decades since they were first created)! The best part is that they have them for both men and women.
We recently discovered the Oofos slide at our REI store and boy were we sold on it. From the moment we slid them on our feet, maximum comfort! It was like walking on clouds. Not only were they perfect for our vacation in Mexico, but we also now plan on gifting this to everyone we know!
For something more waterproof, going with something like the Oofos or these Nike flip flops will allow you to hit the beach, go to a cenote, enjoy eco parks with water activities, and walk with comfort as well.
14. Water Shoes
If I know I’ll be going on water adventures, I always make sure to bring a pair of water shoes that will allow me to take sure-footed steps while still being able to keep my toes free. These work great for eco parks like Xcaret and Xplor.
I love bringing along my Chaco’s Z1 Classic sandals because they serve as both sandals and water shoes.
Want something more enclosed? Sometimes, you’re going to need closed-toed water shoes, such as in the case of going on an ATV combo tour or ziplining combo tour. In these cases, go with a simple quick-drying aqua shoe.
15. Cardigan or lightweight jacket
For those unsuspecting chilly nights, it’s best to have a light cardigan with you. Especially if you run cold! That way, you won’t need to buy anything in case of an emergency.
I love, love, love my trusty Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket. Not only is it super warm, but it’s also extremely light and folds up into virtually nothing when you pack it away!
For something more affordable, I’d go with this one.
16. Rain jacket
Despite its warm weather, Mexico (and other tropical destinations) tends to get quite a bit of rain depending on the season and which part of the island you’re on.
During our last trip to Mexico in December, it rained a total of 4 days out of 9 due to an unforeseen cold front. The rain didn’t last for the whole day on all of the days, but a rain jacket sure did come in handy when we were out and about on our excursions! While everyone was ducking under the palapas at Xcaret, we were freely walking around the park enjoying it!
Consider packing along a light rain jacket or poncho if there’s any potential of rain in the forecast. This one by North Face comes in so many colors and is ultra-packable, taking up virtually no space at all.
17. Shawl / scarf
One of my must-haves! I’ll always have a medium-sized thin scarf or shawl in my bag.
Not only can you use them for warmth or style, but you can also use them as a coverup after beaching, as a towel, as a mat on grass/sand/dirt, as a quick rain shield, or as an emergency skirt if your bottoms get stained or soaked somehow.
And if you tend to run cold, a shawl will come in handy at the lobby, bars, restaurants in your all-inclusive resort. Resorts tend to have the air conditioning on, so while it may be warm outdoors, it can get chilly indoors.
2-3 depending on how much you plan on swimming and beaching. It’s okay to pack extra, in case you need to hit the beach or pool and the ones you wore previously haven’t had a chance to fully dry yet.
My Tropical Vacay Swimwear Picks
19. Sleepwear / loungewear
Yoga pants and a t-shirt or workout clothes are all you need. You can really save luggage space here! These items can be used as pajamas, loungewear, and airplane/road trip outfits.
Mexico all-inclusive packing list for men
T-shirts, tanks, polo shirts, shorts, one pair of pants (only if you plan on going to a nicer restaurant), two pairs of swimming shorts, one lightweight jacket.
Consider a light rain jacket if there’s any chance of rain in the forecast.
Mexico All-Inclusive Packing List: Accessories
Because it can get really bright during summer afternoons.
Bringing a pair of sunglasses straps can also be convenient for putting them on/taking them off in a jiffy.
21. Hat / Baseball Cap
Hats are so necessary for sun protection, don’t forget it! You most definitely should have one if you’re going to be spending any prolonged time outdoors.
22. Jewelry / Jewelry Box Organizer
If you plan on bringing jewelry on your travels, you’re first going to need something to store your jewelry and keep them from becoming a tangly mess. This is where the jewelry box organizer comes in handy!
Unless there is a special event or a fancy dinner I plan to attend, I tend to skip jewelry on most days (even if I’ve packed it) because either it’s too hot/humid to want to deal with something sticking all over my neck, or I just forget to wear it.
Want to elevate your vacation look? Consider pairing your outfits with some accessories! Here are some of my tropical vacation accessory picks:
Mexico All-Inclusive Packing List: Toiletries
Sunscreen is absolutely necessary. Even if it’s overcast or cloudy, the UV index can be very high, so be sure to apply whenever you’re outdoors. Whenever we head to tropical destinations with ample marine life, we always go with a coral reef-safe brand, as traditional sunscreens contain chemicals that harm our environment as well as the natural balance of marine ecosystems.
In fact, you may even encounter tour companies and eco-parks asking you to only use sunscreen and sunblock that are biodegradable, containing titanium oxide and zinc oxide only.
And honestly, it’s not enough to just buy any old bottle that has a “reef-friendly” label on it. It turns out many sunscreens claiming to be “reef-friendly” or “reef-safe” actually aren’t!
Products containing the following ingredients are technically NOT reef safe: oxybenzone, avobenzone, homosalate, octinoxate, octisalate, octocrylene or nanoparticles. Always review the active ingredients on the bottle to be sure you’re really getting something reef-safe.
Here are a few travel-sized biodegradable sunscreens you can easily buy on Amazon:
- Badger Reef Safe Sunscreen – SPF 40 Kids Clear Sport
- Badger Reef Safe Sunscreen- SPF 35 Clear Zinc Sport Unscented
- Thinksport SPF 50+ Mineral Sunscreen
- Babo Botanicals Zinc Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
- All Good Sport Face & Body Sunscreen Lotion
And on days where we are just out and about (not getting into the water)–for the face, we are absolutely obsessed with the magical Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen. No white-cast, no greasy film!
24. Bug spray
Depending on the part of the country you choose and the season you go, there may be mosquitoes and you’ll want to protect yourself against bites. Typically the more undeveloped the destination, the more prevalent mosquitos are.
If you plan to go hiking, ziplining, or ATV-ing in the jungle, I would definitely recommend packing insect repellent with a high DEET percentage. Sawyer makes some really great bug repellent products, and they’re travel-friendly too!
25. Squeeze bottles
GoToob travel bottles are my favorite thing ever. Made of high-quality silicone, they are extremely durable, have never leaked on me, and are super easy to squeeze.
26. Hand Sanitizer
And if you do happen to forget it, remember to wash your hands often, especially before eating or touching your face.
27. Body Wipes / Feminine Wipes
Feeling a bit gross after a hike, swim, or bike ride but don’t have the time to shower right in that instant? Just whip out one of these large body wipes for a quick refresher.
And for the ladies specifically, it’s always good to carry around feminine wipes, especially for those post-beach or post-swimming scenarios. The ones I like are both very affordable and take up no space at all.
Trust me, you will feel and smell so much better. It’s always good to have a few handy in your travel backpack when you’re out on a day of excursions.
28. Shower supplies
These are usually provided by hotels. If you are particular about using your own products and brands, then don’t forget to pack them.
29. Dental supplies
Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash. If you happen to forget to bring anything, you can simply ask the front desk or concierge for some.
But really, don’t forget the floss! If you haven’t heard of Cocofloss, now you have. This was the only kind of floss to get me to start flossing on a daily basis. YOU ARE WELCOME.
You’re going to be in the hot sun most of the time, so bring deodorant if you tend to sweat or omit body odor.
31. Makeup (Optional)
Makeup, optional?? Yes, you read that right.
Some women bring a huge collection of makeup wherever they go. I also love to wear makeup on vacations! But it’ll be hot, humid, and your face will be sweaty and oily from the sun exposure. Or, you’ll be beaching and snorkeling so much that you won’t need to wear makeup.
I find that at all-inclusive resorts, one of the only appropriate times for makeup is when you’re not doing any water activities such as during dinner and at nightly entertainment shows/events. Bring only what you need.
Pro Tip: If you’ve got a lot of toiletries and plan to be moving around a lot, it may be best to keep everything in a hanging toiletry bag. These things are so darn convenient, and they’ll save you a ton of space–especially if you’re rooming with others or are dealing with a tight bathroom.
32. Dry shampoo (Optional)
I try not to wash my hair every day, but at the same time, Mexico can get pretty hot and humid. A travel-size dry shampoo like this one by amika can come in handy very frequently.
33. DIY survival kit
Make a little bag of the following: ibuprofen, allergy pills, Immodium, ciprofloxacin (or whatever your doctor prescribes for traveler’s diarrhea), bandaids, floss, hand sanitizer, eye drops, lip balm, a sharpie, tape, and extra contact lenses (if applicable).
Think about the ailments you typically suffer from and have to deal with on a regular basis and adjust the contents of the bag as needed!
Pro Tip: Definitely pack some Immodium, Pepto-Bismol, and/or ciprofloxacin just in case. While the food will likely be clean, a lot of travelers’ stomachs are not used to the differences in food (especially if you’re going to be trying street food during your trip). Your stomach is probably also not used to unlimited food either! Both of these can cause upset stomachs.
34. Extra plastic baggies
Because you never know, but they always come in handy.
35. Tissue / antibacterial wipes
Sometimes, your hands get dirty. Sometimes, there’s no toilet paper in the public bathrooms.
36. Laundry soap (Optional)
Bring a super-concentrated soap so you can do your own laundry if you’re going to be taking a long trip. We usually wash our swimsuits and swim trunks after hitting the pool or beach to prevent them from smelling funky.
By doing your own laundry, you can save on those insane drycleaning fees resorts charge! What’s even worse–they usually charge per article of clothing!
If you’d rather save money, simply use the body wash gel provided by your hotel to wash your clothes.
37. Quick-drying towel
Travel towels are probably one of the best inventions for efficient travelers. They are light, super packable, and quick-drying. Definitely very useful if you plan on having beach days but don’t have access to a beach towel!
This one is a great option if you’re in the market for one.
Mexico All-Inclusive Packing List: Electronics
38. Waterproof Phone Case
While most new phones are waterproof to some extent these days, they aren’t meant to stay submerged for prolonged periods of time without protection. With an actual heavy-duty waterproof phone case, you’ll have peace of mind bringing your phone with you when participating in water activities.
On our last trip, we forgot to bring our waterproof phone cases and our GoPro camera. We totally missed out on a bunch of awesome underwater photo ops during two snorkeling trips!
We saw 3 sea turtles, schools of barracudas, and a bunch of other colorful schools of fish we’d never seen before! The reefs in Mexico are teeming with life, so you’re guaranteed to see something cool underwater.
These phone cases provide excellent waterproof performance housing for underwater photos and videos. They’ve been tested more than a thousand times, and the case enables you to dive to 50ft/15m of depth in water for 60 minutes without leaks.
39. Camera (DSLR or GoPro)
iPhones are typically good enough for the average vacationer, but some higher-quality pictures definitely wouldn’t hurt! For longer vacations, I’ve typically gone with my Nikon D5500, which produces great photos that I’ll cherish forever.
These days I travel exclusively with my newly purchased Sony a7 IV! It takes amazing photos and shoots even more amazing videos.
If you plan on doing a bunch of adventurous activities (ziplining, skydiving, kayaking, paddling, ATV-ing) and/or want some underwater footage when surfing or snorkeling, you should definitely go with the waterproof GoPro.
GoPro’s are perfect for underwater and jungle adventures in Mexico. As I mentioned above, had we brought our GoPro, we totally would have captured some really cool ATV and snorkeling footage! Learn from our mistake–don’t forget your camera!
40. External battery
You’re probably going to be out all day, snapping away taking pictures… the last thing you want is to be on-the-go with no phone battery!
A portable power bank is a must-have, and Anker’s ultra-light, ultra-portable power bank is tried and true by so many travelers! I never embark on a day of exploration without it.
41. Smartphone UV Sanitizer and Charger
Our phones gather all the grime and bacteria we touch throughout the day, and then they are stored in warm, dark places like purses and pockets, which make for great breeding grounds for bacteria to grow. They are the third hand we never wash, but should!
Using a UV sanitizer such as PhoneSoap on a regular basis will help keep germs and illness at bay.
42. Travel adapter
Necessary for many international travelers. If you’re from the USA, you won’t need a travel adapter as the outlets are the same as in the USA.
This one here is tried and trusted. It allows for a normal plug and has two additional USB ports.
Bring multiple phone cords since they are light (and easy to misplace).
With all the pool-lounging opportunities, you’ll have a lot of time to get through that book you’ve always wanted to start.
Go with the Kindle e-reader over actual physical books if you plan to read a lot– it eliminates a lot of potential weight (and waste) from actually carrying books. What better way to spend some time poolside or tanning at the beach?
45. Portable Bluetooth Speakers
We love listening to music when we’re relaxing in a hotel bed in the morning or getting ready for the day. The JBL Flip Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker is our go-to whenever we’re traveling domestically or internationally.
This speaker is always perfect for our Mexico vacations because it’s waterproof, meaning you can bring it poolside or beachside without having to worry about protecting it from the water!
Mexico All-Inclusive Packing List: Documents
46. Travel belt / money belt
A travel belt is a smart traveler’s best friend. They are the best thief-proof tool for airplane travel, public transportation travel, walking around abroad, and just about everything else in between.
I always, always use a Flip Belt to carry around identification, important documents, and money that I want to keep safe and right by my side.
Another benefit of the Flip Belt? It’s supposed to be a running belt. I swear, this thing doesn’t budge or jiggle at all when I run, plus it’s super comfortable!
If you’re looking for a true travel belt that is large enough to house your important documents too, consider the Venture travel money belt.
47. Cash Money
While most resort areas in Mexico take card, it’s always good to carry around a mix of local currency and your home currency for emergencies.
Bring pesos with you just in case you need to pay with cash. Pick up pesos from an ATM when you arrive in town or at the airport. Not all places accept credit cards (small shopfronts, food vendors, etc.).
48. Tickets and travel documents
Passport, student ID, medical card, proof of travel insurance, printed documents of your flight/hotel bookings, visas if you need them.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not lose the little immigration form paper you receive once you leave the airport. you will need this to leave the country of Mexico. Put this in a safe place (preferably with your passport) for the duration of your trip. If you lose this paper, you will have to pay a fine of $60 USD.
49. Travel cards
Don’t forget your foreign exchange fee-free credit cards, debit cards, airport lounge access cards, and visas.
50. Journal or book
‘Cause everyone could use a little alone time.
All-Inclusive Mexico Packing List: Other Travel Essentials
51. Travel pillow
The turtl Pillow is the only one you need to consider for easy airplane sleeping! It comes highly rated because it has so much support, almost like a neck brace (there’s a chunk of flexible plastic in there to prop your head up). It’s warm and super packable too.
And if you’re looking to level up, the trtl Pillow Plus is even more high-tech than the original.
52. Water bottle
The tap water in Mexico is not safe to drink. Instead of spending your money on plastic water bottles, bring a reusable water bottle and a rechargeable Steri-Pen (the way more environmentally friendly option).
Go with a collapsable bottle like this so when it’s not filled, you can easily pack it away in your travel bag. For something more durable that keeps your water cold for hours upon hours, Hydroflasks are my favorite for everyday use.
53. Foldable tote bag
Great for doing groceries or carrying your belongings in a pinch. Since a lot of countries are now charging for plastic bags, you should bring a bag of your own to save money and save the planet at the same time.
This option is very compactable and can fit right in your carry-on.
54. Laundry bag
Keep your worn clothes separate from your clean ones, especially when traveling to high humidity climates. When it’s humid, you’ll definitely be sticky by the end of the day. All that stickiness will transfer to your clothes. And even if you don’t get sticky/sweaty, you will inevitably have dirty socks and undies to toss in here.
I have this laundry bag set, and it’s great because it includes many size options.
55. Emergen-C packets
Emergen-C packets or Liquid I.V. Hydration Packets are a must for travel. These are a great way to support your immune system and overall health on a trip. They are light, take up no space, and are very easy to pack!
56. Sand-free beach mat
Did you know that these days there are high-tech beach mats for sale? Oh yeah, they definitely beat your average beach towel, that’s for sure!
There are actually beach mats that are quick-drying, waterproof, and sand-proof, making setting up on the beach super, super easy. This amazing beach mat is all those things, plus it has sand anchor pockets and 6 ground stakes so that your beach mat is wind-resistant even when you’re not laying on it!
57. Snorkel gear
Bringing your own snorkeling set is pretty freeing. It means you can choose to snorkel anytime you want without having to track down a rental shop to rent gear. This is important because not all beaches have rental shacks nearby.
In addition, you’ll have the comfort of knowing the snorkel and mask haven’t been used by a million other people.
Seavenger, one of the best snorkel gear makers in the game, sells a Hanalei Anti-Fog 4-Piece Snorkeling Set that’s really loved by both kids and adults.
After doing hours and hours of research, I recently upgraded to the WildHorn Outfitter’s Seaview 180° V2. Because I tend to get anxious/nervous in the water, I wanted something that would truly make my snorkeling life easier. This full-face snorkeling mask does just that. All the problems I used to face while snorkeling–water leaking into my mouth, limited google view, foggy goggles mid snorkel–completely gone!
It’s a bit pricier than other basic snorkel masks out there, but let me tell you this thing was a game-changer for me. Being able to breathe normally through my nose underwater made this mask completely worth every penny!
58. Seasickness wristbands
If you’re prone to motion sickness or seasickness and plan on doing boat excursions or sailing trips, you’re going to want to pack a few seasickness wristbands for your trip. These babies work by applying acupressure to just the right spots on your wrist.
As Sea-Bands are totally natural, they’re a great alternative when you don’t want to take oral medications.
59. Portable Neck Fan
For travelers who, like me, do very poorly in high humidity destinations, this one is for you. If you can’t stand the feeling of stifling, breezeless air, do not forget to pack a portable neck fan!
A constant and enjoyable breeze makes all the difference and will allow you to stay comfortable being outside in the heat for hours on end. I personally own a bladeless neck fan, but there are other more affordable fans with fan blades available too.
If you know it’s going to be hot and humid and are not good with hot weather, I beg you, pack this in your travel bag!
60. Cooling towel
For something simpler than a neck fan, you can consider a Chill Pal cooling towel to stay cool. Trust me, it will save your life from the heat and make exploring the outdoors more bearable.
61. Travel Insurance
I never used to buy travel insurance, but these days, after all the pandemic-related canceled trips I encountered, I don’t travel internationally without it. Not only does it cover you for cancelled trips, but if you get sick in a foreign country, your normal health insurance most likely isn’t going to cover you. But travel insurance will.
Travel insurance from WorldNomads is available to people from 140 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travelers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.
GAME-CHANGING GADGETS FOR SMARTER AIRPORT TRAVEL
These are some of my favorite airport/airplane travel products that free my hands up and make traveling so much more convenient. Say goodbye to the days of fumbling around or not having enough hands for things.
- Add-a-Bag Hook and Hanger Strap | Have a purse, briefcase, tote bag, or bag of souvenirs that’s causing you inconvenience by needing to be carried? Get this bag hook and attach it to your luggage so you only need one hand to tow everything with you.
- riemot Luggage Travel Cup Holder | This foldable drink caddy holds 2 cups, perfect for your pre-flight coffees and fountain drinks. There’s also room to hold books, iPads, phones, tickets and documents.
- Traveling Hat Clip | Have you ever brought a wide-brimmed hat on vacation and found it to be the most annoying thing to travel with? A hat clip for your bag or backpack completely removes the struggle of needing to carry your hat in hand!
- Flight Flap Phone & Tablet Holder | Attaches to airline seat backs so you can watch movies hands-free. Also great for standing your phone up on tables too!
- Clipa2 – The Instant Bag Hanger Collection | Hang your bag or purse literally anywhere (on your luggage, on restaurant tables, hotel rooms, etc).
- Priority Pass – I have had a Priority Pass membership since 2018, and I don’t think I’ll ever give it up! I love being able to gorge on lounge food/drink, shower, nap, and relax in peace before my flight. If you’re wondering if this pass is worth it, it is! (Especially if you travel internationally — the lounge options have gotten kind of poopie domestically, but are still amazing in other countries!)
The Ultimate Mexico All-Inclusive Packing List: Checklist
To wrap up, let’s review the ultimate packing checklist for extended travel:
- Wheeled Suitcase or Travel Backpack
- Packing Cubes
- Laundry Travel Bag
- Everyday bag
- 4-5 Tops
- 1 pair of pants
- 2-3 pairs of shorts/skirts
- 1 pair of bike shorts
- 1 pair of leggings
- 2-3 dresses
- 5 pairs of undies
- 5 pairs of socks
- 3 bras
- 1 pair of comfortable shoes
- 1 pair of sandals / flip flops
- 1 cardigan or lightweight fleece
- 1 shawl or scarf
- 2-3 swimsuits
- Sunhat / baseball caps
- Jewelry (optional)
- Hand sanitizer
- Body wipes / feminine wipes
- DIY survival kit
- Extra plastic baggies
- Quick-dry towel
- Phone sanitizer
- External battery
- Travel adapter
- Travel belt / money belt
- Tickets and travel documents
- Credit /debit cards
- Journal or book
- Travel pillow
- Water bottle
- Foldable tote bag
- Laundry bag
- Emergen-C packets
- Snorkel gear
- Seasickness wristbands
- Neck fan / cooling towel
Best Places In Mexico To Visit For An All-Inclusive Vacation
If you haven’t yet decided on which city or region in Mexico to visit, here are our favorite areas for an all-inclusive vacation:
These areas all offer a wide array of all-inclusive resort options for any type of budget. Most of all, they promise an endless supply of activities and an all-around good time.
- WayAway | This site compares flight ticket fares from hundreds of agencies. You’re going to get the best prices on the market, at least $10 lower than those on Skyscanner, Kayak, and Priceline.com. The best part is? The WayAway Plus membership. With the membership, you’ll get up to 10% cash back on airline tickets, hotel bookings, car rentals, and other travel services.
- DEAL ALERT! Use code ‘travelswithelle’ for 10% off WayAway Plus.
- Booking.com | Honestly, this is my go-to accommodation booking site. This site has free cancellation and no prepayment required on reservations which is huge for me. It also has amazing abilities to filter accommodation options by rating and price. Honestly, it’s shaved off so many hours of endless research for me and has made booking hotels and other accommodations a breeze.
- Viator | Viator is a huge online marketplace for all things tours and excursions. They have tons of tour options available in cities all around the world, including everything from cooking classes, ATV tours, sailing trips, walking tours, hot air ballooning, and more.
- Go City | Go City offers great value-for-the-money attraction passes in various destinations around the world. Whenever I want to play tourist in a city, I always check to see if Go City operates in that city. The money you can save with this pass is unreal (as opposed to buying admission tickets for various attractions separately).
- SafetyWing | SafetyWing is by far one of the best travel medical insurance for travelers as they’ve got a large network and offer both short-term and long-term coverage. They have cheap monthly plans, great customer service, and an easy-to-use claims process that makes it perfect for those heading abroad.
Now you’re ready for your Mexico all-inclusive vacation!
If you get nothing else out of this post, at least take this with you:
When packing for Mexico all-inclusive resort, pack light, be prepared for unfavorable weather (if it’s in the forecast), and try to save room for souvenirs and local snacks to bring home! Alright, you’ve got a lot to look forward to and a lot of trip to pack for!
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