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!
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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.
Dinner time at one of our favorite resorts, the Excellence Playa Mujeres!
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
I use my Amazon hard shell carry-on whenever I want something sturdier and can’t be bothered with having weight on my body. It’s roomy and super sleek-looking. Spinner wheel hardshell cases are the future!
2. Travel backpack
Personally, I’m a travel backpack kind of person; I love my Osprey Aura 65 so much. It’s 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.
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 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 boyfriend is absolutely obsessed with his Bellroy Sling Bag.
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 in, mosquitos may be a problem. If mosquitos could be a problem, pack 1-2 lightweight long sleeves (or use bug 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.
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.
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 the pair by 90 Degree By Reflex is a great option if you’re looking for breathability while getting that protection from bugs and the sun’s UV rays. If you want something with pockets that’ll fit your phone, go with this pair here.
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!
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.
For something more waterproof, going with something like these Nike flip flops will allow you to hit the beach 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. I love bringing along my Chaco’s Z1 Classic sandals because they serve as both sandals and water shoes.
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.
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.
17. Shawl / scarf
One of my must-haves! I’ll always have a medium-sized thin scarf 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.
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.
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 rain in the forecast.
Mexico All-Inclusive Packing List: Accessories
Because it can get really bright during summer afternoons.
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 (Optional)
Definitely optional. 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.
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. No matter where we go, we like a coral reef-safe brand, as traditional sunscreens contain chemicals that damage our environment. For the face, we are absolutely obsessed with the magical Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen.
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. They have different TSA-approved sizes, but I found the large GoToobs to be the best for the duration of my trip.
26. Hand Sanitizer
Hand sanitizer gel or hand sanitizing wipes are a must any time you’re going to be in contact with surfaces many other people have touched. Never leave your hotel room without it! 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 body wipes for a quick refresher. The feminine wipes I like are infused with cucumber and aloe.
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 for some.
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.
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!
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. By doing your own laundry, you can save on those insane drycleaning fees resorts charge!
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.
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, but some higher-quality pictures definitely wouldn’t hurt. For longer vacations, I typically go with my Nikon D5500, which produces great photos that I’ll cherish forever.
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.
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. 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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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:
- Riviera Maya
- Puerto Vallarta
- Los Cabos
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.
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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