A few weeks ago, I went to Cabo San Lucas and had a beautiful stay at Grand Fiesta America Los Cabos. (You can read the article on Travelocity here). The experience made me realize what I often forget to pack for a beach vacation and how I need to share this information with others so they don’t make the same mistake. If you’re taking a family trip to Mexico, here’s our beach vacation packing list for Cabo to help you out.
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Family Beach Vacation Packing List for Cabo
1. Beach Sarong: Spending time in Cabo means a lot of time by the pool, or at the beach. Pack a beach sarong or cover up and you can go from the beach to the restaurant in no time at all!
2. Wet Hair Brush: In Cabo you can expect to spend a lot of time in the water, so expect wet hair! Prevent a tangled mess by bringing along this wet hair brush. Don’t worry, it works on dry hair too!
3. Waterproof Beach Blanket: This is perfect for days at the beach. Waterproof and sandproof with an easy to carry handle, this is one item that’s easy to throw in your suitcase for the kids to enjoy on the beach.
4. GoPro Snorkel Mask: One of my children has always struggled with figuring out the snorkel breathing tube and separate mask. This incorporates everything in one easy-to-use mask. The mask has a 180° viewing area and even has a GoPro Mount so you can easily attach your camera and record all the fun.
5. Wet Bikini Bag: If you have more than one swimsuit, I would highly recommend packing a spare. It can take awhile for swimsuits to dry, and nothing is worse than putting on a wet swimsuit. When it’s time to pack up, use this bikini bag to keep the wet stuff separate from dry clothes.
6. GoPro: A GoPro will help capture all the underwater action in Cabo. Kids can use it while swimming in the pool or snorkeling at one of the area beaches. It’s a worthwhile investment to capture all those “not to miss” moments.
7. ADIDAS Trail Running Shoes: There are plenty of outdoor activities in Cabo and the surrounding area, from zip lining in the local area to taking an off-roading adventure. These lightweight shoes are perfect for hitting those trails.
8. Striped Beach Bag: Every time I pack for Mexico, I pack a spare bag to take to the beach. This one is awesome with its water bottle pocket, phone case, and its huge so you can carry everyone’s stuff. (It’s also great to use as a carry-on)!
9. Girls SPF Bathing Suit: The sun in Mexico is intense, so not only is sunscreen important, a swimsuit with SPF protection helps too. I love how this one has a zip-off top.
10. Long Sleeve Sun Shirt: Here’s another good SPF option for older kiddos. This Skin Cancer Foundation recommended product from O’Neill has UPF 50+ Ultraviolet Protection. Always use sunscreen, but this helps slow down the burning.
11. Waterproof Watch: Since your phone can’t go in the water, it helps to have a waterproof watch to help keep track of time. It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re on vacation.
12. Tortoise Shell Sunglasses: The sun is intense in Mexico, so in addition to wearing sun protection on your body and your head, be sure to bring sunglasses. I always bring a cheap pair that I don’t mind losing.
13. Waterproof Phone Case: This is the one thing I always see in Mexico, yet I always forget to bring along. A waterproof phone case is great by the pool, the beach, you name it. It’s also great for holding your room key and cash.
14. Floating GoPro Hand Grip: I love this attachment for my GoPro. It makes it easy to video when I’m swimming/snorkeling and it floats in the water if I accidentally let it go. A great investment for a GoPro camera.
15. Princess Flip Flops: Do not forget your flip flops in Cabo! I love Havaianas because they are thin and don’t take up much room. Bring a couple of colorful pairs and you can wear them with a sun dress at night.
16. Goggles: If you don’t want to pack a big snorkel mask for the kids, throw in a pair or two of swim goggles. The chlorine in hotel pools can be strong and kids will want to swim all day. Goggles will protect their eyes and they will thank you for it!
17. Ombre Hoodie: It can be chilly in Cabo early in the morning and after the sun goes down. Be sure to bring a hoody sweatshirt for you and the kids or a light sweater for everyone.
18. Travel Toiletry Containers: One thing I’ve learned is to travel with a carry-on only to Mexico. These containers will make packing easier.
19. Roll-Up Fedora Sun Hat: Not only is this hat super cute, its foldable and crushable! That’s the worst thing about most of the hats I buy, the fact they don’t travel well. Not this one, it can roll up, go right in the suitcase, and come out looking the same. It also has UPF50, perfect for those Cabo beach days.
20. Kids Water Shoes: The beaches in Cabo can be sandy, so bring along a pair of shoes the kids can wear in and out of the water. These shoes will help them walk over the rocks and protect their feet from anything dangerous under the water.
Other things we always pack for Cabo: sundresses, golf shorts/shirts, books, sunscreen, and aloe vera. Don’t pack beach toys because they are readily available at many of the stores in Cabo and are inexpensive.
If you’re looking for fun things to do with kids in Cabo, don’t miss this post: The Best Places to Go with Kids in Cabo
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