Trying to pack a carry-on for a trip probably sounds intimidating. Not gonna lie, I used to struggle to get it right when I first started. But man, ain’t nobody trying to wait at baggage claim for some luggage they probably didn’t need in the first place. I’m impatient AF so limiting it to only my carry-on luggage gets me where I’m going quicker. Plus, it kind of forces me to only pack my cute clothes which works out better in the end.

Packing Tips for Cancun

1. The goal is to fit as much as possible

I like to have plenty of options when I travel, especially to Cancun. So I try to bring a variety of clothing items so I will have a little something for every activity! Since I knew I’d be driving boats, snorkeling, and going to fancy dinners, I brought pieces for each occasion. Bonus points for ones that could be worn twice (more on that in a sec).

2. Bring Workout Clothes

I like to bring workout clothes for two reason – in case I decide to work out, and in case I’m feeling lazy and just want to chill. Either way, my workout outfit usually just consists of a sports bra and leggings. This way I can wear both pieces together or separately!

I mean, I like to drink wine while I’m packing but what’s new?

3. Pack Dresses because they’re light

I like wearing dresses when I’m on vacation, which works in my favor because they typically pack pretty light. I can fit quite a few of them in my suitcase so I always have a variety of different ones to wear. Typically, I’ll bring a black dress, a maxi dress, a clubbing dress, and a sun dress. The best part is I can switch up the looks with them by adding a cover up, different shoes, and accessories!

4. Pack Multipurpose Items

Space is key when packing a carry-on, so I try to bring items I can wear/use more than once. One of my favorites is to bring sleepwear that can double as a shirt or dress during the day. I also like to bring cover-ups that can double as a duster or dress!

5. Wear bulky items to the airport

The oldest trick in the book. Wear your coats, hats, and bulkiest shoes to the airport so that they aren’t taking up space in your suitcase. Just make sure you don’t mind dealing with it for the next few hours. Also, you can typically put coats in the overhead bins if there’s room so you’re not sweating the entire ride.

Those are my tips for packing a carry-on for Cancun, but I’d love to hear what you do to make it work. Let me know your tips in the comments below, or if any of these are new to you, hit me up with those too!

Ginger Marie

I'm a thirty-something lifestyle blogger who tries not to take life too seriously. I think laughing and running are the cure to everything especially when its done in a new city. I think a balanced diet is important, and that they're much easier when they include chocolate. :)

3 Comments
  1. YOu have good tips that I use as well. I also make sure I always have a pair of sneakers because they can be worn with something dressy and something comfy.

  2. Great post! I find it really interesting! That’s just perfect itinerary for a trip to Cancun as for me. I’m planning to go there in future and your check-list appears very useful, thank you!

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