So you’re coming to Cancun, and now you’re wondering:
What do I need to bring with me on my Cancun vacation?
Is there some sort of Ultimate Cancun Checklist that will have me totally prepared?
Well, thank Google, because you’re in luck. If you read this checklist before coming to Cancun, you are sure to be covered—from every angle!
Ready? Let’s dive right in!First, let's go through some general flight advice, before digging into Cancun-specific recommendations.
Before you head to the airport, make sure you have all of the following items in order. The last thing you want to do is buy things last minute at the airport.
Most passports are valid for 10 years. However, those 10 years can sneak up on you! If you’ve realized your passport has expired and need a new IMMEDIATELY. Don’t panic.
Check to see if you qualify for an emergency passport. Some can be delivered OVER-NIGHT.
NOTICE: This can be pricey, so only do it as a last resort.
It’s inevitable. You dress for cold temperatures, but as soon as you walk-in the airport, it feels like an oven. Or, the exact opposite.
Maybe you dress light, but the airport AC is insanely cold. Same thing could happen in the airplane.
Frequent travelers know this:
Be ready for hot/cold temperatures.
If you’re wearing sandals, don’t forget to bring socks.
If you’re wearing a tank-top, don’t forget to bring a sweater in your carry-on or personal item.
Speaking of which…
Some airlines allow you to bring one suitcase for free.
Others don’t even allow you to bring a carry-on without charging extra!
Almost always, you get a discount if you pay your luggage fees beforehand. So do your research by checking this great resource for checking baggage fees by Trip Advisor.
You see that little nifty-gadget above?
It allows you to weigh your luggage easily and accurately. Best part? It’s so small you can bring it with you AND—it’s only 8 bucks on Amazon right now!
If you only have a regular scale…
DO NOT PLACE YOUR LUGGAGE DIRECTLY ON YOUR HOME SCALE.
The weight won’t distribute properly and it will result in a false calculation.
Instead, try this clever 3-step hack.
The last thing you want to do is pay an outrageous fee for going a few pounds over.
Most travelers know this. The TSA is strict. And if they catch you trying to bring something through security that isn’t allowed, things can become a hassle. And that’s putting it mildly.
Instead, go to their website listed below, and make sure everything is in order.
Here is the official TSA page that details all items safe to bring on the plane. Or…Send a picture of what you’re bringing and send it to this official TSA Facebook Messenger representative:
Or if you prefer, on Twitter here:
For more thorough flight-checklists, check here:
You see that long form above?
That’s your Mexican Immigration form you need have FULLY filled out before passing through immigration.
Want to know the mistake EVERYONE makes with their Mexican Immigration Form?
They only fill out the top. It feels repetitive—because it is—but you have to fill out the same information TWICE.
Because you will have to keep the bottom portion of your Mexican immigration form.
DON’T LOSE THE BOTTOM PORTION OF YOUR MEXICAN IMMIGRATION FORM.
You’re going to have to trust me on this one ;)
When you’re leaving Mexico you will have to present them with this bottom portion of the form. If not, you will have to visit a different section of the airport and pay approximately 20 bucks.
It’s a hassle and it wastes time.
Also, you’re going to want to fill out this form on the plane. If not?
You’re going to let everyone on your flight walk right past you leaving you at the end of a long line.
Now that you’re through immigration…
Now there has been news that the following procedure will phase out soon. As of December, 2017, it has remained the same.
Yeah. That red light is a major bummer. And also, very bizarre if you’re not used to this procedure.
That said…getting the red light is EXTREMELY rare. So long as you were truthful on your customs form, you should be fine.
Have questions about what you can and can’t bring into Mexico in your luggage?
Check out this official Mexican government webpage that details this information.
And, don’t worry. The page is in English. =)
As soon as you pass through Customs you will be tempted to exchange your American dollars for Mexican Pesos.
TIP: Don’t do it. At least not at the airport. Why? The exchange rate is downright awful.
It’s better that you do it…basically anywhere else other than the airport. Seriously.
If you want to drink beer, drive directly to your hotel in privacy, consider Canada Transfers.
Let’s start with the obvious.
Here’s what you’re overlooking: Warm attire!
But isn’t Cancun warm and sunny? Isn’t that the whole point?!
Well, of course to both questions. However…
You’re overlooking A/C! Busses, hotels, airports, restaurants and more places can be quite frigid.
TIP: Be smart. Pack a sweater/blanket!
Now for some fun in the sun!
Here’s what you need:
What sort of electronics to bring to Cancun
And now for everyone’s favorite:
TIP: Call your cell-phone provider to find out if you can pay for cellular service in Mexico. If you have T-Mobile, you’re in luck. You should have free access in Mexico. Other services usually offer a per-day-fee. But call in advance or you could get stuck with RIDICULOUS roaming charges!
Call tour providers ahead of time to see if they allow go-pros
If there was ever a time for one, this is it.
With all the photos/videos you’ll be taking, you’re going to need it. Try this waterproof/shockproof version from Amazon for 16 bucks.
You may need it to check work emails.
TIP: Use a laptop to research and book Cancun activities online.
Why online? Because you get discounts you can’t find on the streets. Plus you get a chance to examine other reviews & find more facts.
TIP: Netflix allows you to download movies or TV shows. Take advantage. Preload your tablet so you don’t have to rely on a mobile signal.