Cancun Traveler's Checklist

This travel planning checklist applies to U.S. travelers. Please note that information for other countries may vary.
Travel Planning Checklist for Cancun Travelers
Air Travel
Determined by the Department of Homeland Security, Beginning January 23, 2007, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda are required to present a valid passport to enter (or re-enter) the United States. U.S. lawful permanent residents will continue to be able to use their Alien Registration Card (Form I-551) issued by the Department of Homeland Security or other valid evidence of permanent residence status to apply for entry to the United States.
Cruise Travel
As early as June 1, 2009, subject to U.S. Government amendment, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda may be required to present a valid passport or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security. Important:
Double-check with your travel agent to confirm that document requirements have not changed since this list was prepared. We cannot be held liable for any inconvenience caused by changes beyond our knowledge. Each passenger will need:
  • A Personal valid Passport , children applied.
  • Travel Documents. ( Airline Tickets, Hotel Reservations, etc.)
Get it all organized
Place all of our documents into a document folder or zippered bag to protect documents from humidity. Print out a checklist and tape them to the envelope, as we find documents, place them inside and check it off from the list. This will help eliminate the risk of getting to the airport and not having one of those important documents.
What should you pack?
  • At least 2 swimsuits. Ladies, don't worry about wearing that two-piece, everyone does. You'll see all shapes and sizes. And, of course, some make that two-piece into a one-piece, when laying out. Wear what you feel comfortable in.
  • Casual clothes like T-shirts and shorts. For the average tourist, there's not much need for dressy clothes. You'll know whether you're the type to visit fancier restaurants that require dressier clothes. Yes, Cancun, Playa del Carmen and The Riviera Maya are diverse and cosmopolitan, so look fancy and gorgeous and enjoy the Mexican Caribbean in a huge variety of these type of places. If you are in an All Inclusive Resort, some of them required formal casual clothes to dine in their restaurants. You may need a light sweater or sweatshirt for the occasional cool evening.
  • Swimsuit cover-up. Buy a colorful sarong when you get there, it's the "in thing" for tourist beachwear. You can find some beautiful inexpensive ones all over Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Isla Mujeres.
  • Shoes: Bring a pair for walking, and sandals for the beach. Ladies an extra pair nice and comfortable if you planning go out to dance.
  • Camera and video: Bring them. If you forgot your camera, It's sometimes overpriced to get one in the tourist areas. If you go to the major grocery stores or Wal-Mart in downtown Cancun you'll find camera or photo accessories at reasonable prices. We also take a disposable underwater camera.
  • Sunscreen. Take plenty. It's a little more expensive in the tourist areas. Put it on every part of your body. You wouldn't believe how many people we've seen with severely burnt feet, ears, or scalps. Parks like Xel-Ha, Xplor and Xcaret do not allow regular sunscreen (with so many tourists, it forms an oil slick on the water), so you will need some eco-safe lotion. You can purchase it at the parks, but it is expensive. You can also purchase some oil-free lotion before you go. If you do this, coat yourself well several times before you enter the park, and just leave it in the car. We usually take a spare T-shirt to wear while snorkeling. The thin layer of water covering your back will magnify the sun and cook you in only a few hours. Don't forget something for your lips. Sunglasses, visor, hat.
  • Basic Emergency Kit: Band-aids, antibiotic ointment, tweezers, nail clippers (for some reason we think our nails grow faster down there???), Tylenol, anti-bacterial wipes.
  • The usual toiletries: Toothpaste, tooth brush, shampoo, deodorant, I always bring my own bar of soap and minimal make-up.
  • Beach towels: If you are staying at a small hotel you'll need to bring your own. Larger resorts provide them. You may also want to bring a couple of washcloths if you're staying at a small hotel, they don't always have them.
  • Large Ziploc bags are great for dirty clothes or wet suits. I also use them for make up or whatever else I don't want sand in.
  • Snorkel equipment: If you plan on doing a lot of snorkeling, having your own is very nice.
  • Campers: Bring all the camp equipment, towels, banquets, sleeping bags, Collapsible cooler, bottle opener, koozies etc.
  • Donít forget your mobile charger; not necessary but handy to have your mobile charged when the husband wanders off.
  • Several good books.
Enjoy Paradise!