What to Pack for Cancun in Spring

By Rebecca Doughty . Updated: January 16, 2017
What to Pack for Cancun in Spring

Cancun, the city of southeast Mexico, home to postcard style beaches, energetic nightlife, and of course, the Mexican traditions and cultures. It's not hard to understand why Cancun has become a popular tourist destination in recent years. Like many of the more exotic countries we all love to visit, when visiting Mexico it's all about choosing the right time of year, and that means ideally avoiding the wet season. Whilst the sun shines all year round in Cancun, rains are frequent and intermittent, and nobody wants to have to pack a rain poncho for their beach days. The best months to visit Cancun are between December and April - springtime. During these months the temperature is pleasant and the rain infrequent. But you're still left with the question what do I pack? Not to worry. Here at OneHowTo we're going to advise, what to pack for Cancun in Spring.

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Many people over-pack for a holiday in Cancun, but in spring it's almost a guarantee that all you will need are your best summer clothes. We recommend taking:

  • Two bathing suits, perfect for beach days which I'm sure there will be plenty of! A cover-up is also a good idea, but there are plenty of inexpensive shops around Cancun where you can buy cover ups in gorgeous materials and patterns.
  • Casual clothing for sightseeing and every day. A few pairs of shorts, t-shirts or tank tops should do, and that goes for both men and women!
  • You might want to take something a little less casual and a little more dressy for dinner. Cancun has some beautiful restaurants, don't worry though, a cute summer dress and sandals is perfect for women and a nice shirt or one of your better t-shirts for guys.
  • Sandals, flip flops and you may want to pack a pair of shoes more suited for walking for those cultural sightseeing days, you don't want to end up with flip flop blisters! Take a look at what to visit in Cancun and Riviera Maya for a sightseeing guide!
  • You may also want to pack a light jacket or cardigan. If you're along the coast, Cancun can get cooler in the evenings due to the sea breeze.

For the beach

On a holiday in Cancun, you will most definitely be wanting to visit Cancun's stunning beaches. Here's what we think you'll need for those long, sandy days.

  • Don't forget to pack your sunglasses, this is more important if you have prescription sunnies, if not you can most likely find a shop around Cancun's bustling beach shops.
  • A hat or visor is a good idea to pack. Long days sight seeing in Cancun often lead to a burnt head or nose!
  • Beach towel
  • Extras for fun! Goggles, snorkel etc. Of course you can get all this in Cancun but it keeps cost down if you already have these to bring from home.
  • A good book for the beach. Or two.
What to Pack for Cancun in Spring - For the beach


Whilst you can buy any forgotten items such as sunglasses or hat whilst you're in Cancun, there are certain medications and other essential items that you may prefer to bring from home. We advise you take the following:

  • Sunscreen, of course. I know Spring makes you think of cooler temperatures but don't underestimate the strength of the sun in Cancun!
  • Mosquito spray. This might be the best thing you pack, Cancun is the home of many of the horrible little insects.
  • There many be various prescription drugs that you might want to take with you to Cancun. Whilst there are pharmacies, particular medication is not as readily available as it is back at home. Packing your own such as paracetamol, antibiotics and even things you might not consider like thrush treatment are a good idea. Remember to carry prescription medication in its original packet.
  • First aid kit - plasters, medical tape, bandages.
  • Contact lenses, reading glasses. No point visiting a beautiful city if you can't see it!
  • Travel wipes or toilet paper, cause, you know.

Don't forget to book your vaccinations before you travel! We can tell you what shots you need to visit Cancun.

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  • Always take a photocopy of your passport and another form of I.D. and email it to yourself. In the unlikely event that you were to lose your passport it can save a lot of stress and hassle. Better to be safe than sorry!

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