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With many of you heading out to beautiful sunny Mexico this season, I thought I’d share my personal beach vacation packing list for Mexico from my trip to Tulum earlier this year. In June, my mom and I celebrated our birthdays by spending 5 days in one of my favorite parts of the world: the Riviera Maya.
Traveling with just one carry-on size duffle bag, I packed a 10 piece capsule wardrobe for a leisurely stay at an all-inclusive resort in Tulum. We spent one day sightseeing in Playa del Carmen, one day exploring the India Jones style Coba Ruins, and the rest of the time chilling at the resort or in the nearby downtown Tulum.
I used this Riviera Maya Vacation Packing List as inspiration – you can see how I applied TFG’s guidelines to create my own packing list and now you can too!
Beach Vacation Packing List for Mexico
My personal beach vacation packing list for Mexico included:
- 1 cardigan
- 3 tops: 3 sleeveless tops in varying styles
- 3 bottoms: jeans, shorts, skirt
- 2 dresses: one sundress and one mini dress (that I also used as a top)
- 1 purse, hat, and scarf
- 3 shoes: dressy flip flops, thong sandals, flats
- 1 beach cover up dress
- 1 reversible bathing suit
- 1 weekender bag
Most of my clothing was purchased quite some time ago from places such as Forever 21 and H&M but if you’re interested in learning more, you can find similar items in the sample beach vacation packing list for Mexico at the end of this post.
You’ll want to look your best when you travel! Read my travel tips to Pack Light Stylishly!
Beach Vacation Packing List for Mexico and Travel Outfits
To and from Cancun airport from LAX I wore stretchy, lightweight jeans with a cardigan and scarf to keep me warm on the flight. Topped it off with my hat, sandals, and souvenir purse from Guatemala. I love weightless and easy to wear circles scarves such as these.
As a diver, I spend alot of time on the beach and in the water and this terry cloth beach cover up has been super useful even doubling as a towel. I also use this reversible bathing suit to maximize my space. Everyone asks me about the above yellow dress and this terry cloth beach cover up is the closest I could find.
At night, I always like to explore so this outfit is cute yet comfy. Maxi skirts and dresses are a popular option for travel. I have an eye on this convertible dress / maxi skirt from Modcloth.
The next day, I wore the same top as the night before because it was still relatively clean and I’m able to get the most use from it between washes. These are some of my favorite (but lazy) stylish travel accessories.
I love this sundress which I wore during the day and night. It’s casual, comfortable, lightweight, and feminine making it one of my favorite travel dresses. If you want something for versatile, check out our top 5 convertible travel dresses.
On the first night I wore this skirt in the evening but for the day I paired it with a casual crop top for a fun and flirty day out.
I love mini dresses such as this one that I can on the occasional night dancing but I can also wear as a top as you can see below. Choosing versatile pieces is key when creating a capsule wardrobe for travel. Here are 10 more tips!
Again, I wore the same top from the night before to maximize it’s use while it was still “clean”. These are 3 ways to do laundry while traveling.
For the Riviera Maya, it can get breezy in the evenings so a light cardigan is enough to add a layer of warmth. I can also use it if I’m going to a more conservative area or if visiting religious sites. Here are some tips on dressing respectfully for conservative countries.
Since I’ve only worn this dress once before during the day, I am able to wear it again for dinner without anyone noticing. I basically wear the exact same thing to travel back home as I did to arrive.
Shop my beach packing list for Mexico
Because many of you like to take inspiration from TFG’s packing lists to shop for your own travel clothing, I created the above sample beach vacation packing list for Mexico based on my own clothing . These aren’t the original items but they’re as close as I found that were available at the date of publishing.
What are you beach vacation must haves?
For more tips on planning your perfect packing list for Mexico, please read:
- Riviera Maya Packing List for Vacation
- What to Pack for Mexico: From Cities to Beaches
- Caribbean Cruise Wear Essentials
- What to Pack for Hawaii: Packing List
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