for travel to Mexico and the Caribbean:
(Tips for Packing for Europe, Asia, South America and beyond coming soon!)
Important items to pack in your carry-on baggage:
Travel documents provided by your travel agent
Cash or Debit Card to use ATM (USD is acceptable for tipping and purchases in the Caribbean)
Credit Card (bring a back up, just in case!)
Medical insurance card and travel insurance policy information
Cell phone and charger
Laptop computer or tablet and charger
Prescription medication – never pack prescription medications in your checked bag, always carry it with you. You must have your prescription information along with it. Some narcotics are illegal outside of the U.S. – check with the state department for more information about your destination.
Valuables - if you are traveling with electronic devices, jewelry, watches, expensive handbags or sunglasses, you will want to carry these with you into the cabin, do not put expensive items in your checked luggage.
When packing liquids in your cabin baggage, you’ll need to follow the 3-1-1 rule per TSA.
If you are traveling with young children, refer to TSA’s policies on milk, formula and juice.
Around the Resort:
Attire for Men-
A t-shirt shirt with sleeves – men are usually not permitted to use the restaurants shirtless or wearing a cut off/sleeveless shirt
Evening attire – Caribbean resorts almost always have dress codes for evening dining
Men are usually required to wear long pants* (jeans, khakis, any kind of slacks), a collared shirt (polo, short sleeved dress shirt, dress shirt), and closed toe shoes (tennis shoes, loafers, boat shoes, etc.)
*some resorts allow shorts in the evening, check with your agent!
Attire for Women-
Women can wear anything they like for dinner or during the day – sorry guys! Do consider packing a cardigan or wrap just in case the air conditioning has you a bit chilly
Attire for all Travelers (includes children)-
Closed toe shoes like tennis shoes in case you plan to do an excursion, for some it is mandatory
Pool Cover-Up – you will need to wear something over your swimsuit when visiting the resort’s restaurants during the day
Sunscreen and After-Sun Lotion - these will be expensive at the resort!
Lip Balm with SPF
Reading Material – don’t forget your charger if you bring a kindle or other device
*No need to bring a pool towel – these will be provided to you
Other items beyond clothing:
Over the Counter Medications - optional, pain killers, band-aids, stomach pain relievers - these will be expensive at the resort
Damp Rid – optional but a life saver when traveling to the Caribbean. You can hang a bag in your closet and it will keep your clothes from feeling damp from the humidity. You only need one bag per closet per week. Pack this in your checked luggage and throw out before you leave the resort. You can find them at Amazon and they come in this nice fresh scent!
**Toiletries – most resorts provide shampoo and conditioner, lotion and soaps/shower gel
**Hairdryer – most resorts provide this in the room
Items you should not pack:
Firearms or weapons - these violate TSA policy and you will not be permitted to board
Marijuana – drugs are illegal in Mexico and the Caribbean (even medical marijuana) and you will not be permitted to take it in to your destination
Camouflage patterned attire – attire like this is not permitted in some Caribbean destinations
Your pet – unless you have already cleared this with your agent or it is a service animal that the airline has already been notified of