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What to Pack for Cabo: 35 Essential Cabo Packing List Items

There’s nothing more exciting than getting your suitcase out, ready to pack for an upcoming vacation.

But it can also be quite stressful.

If you’re anything like us, you’re always adding this and that to your suitcase to make sure you’ve got everything you might possibly need (then removing stuff because your suitcase is too full).

Well, if you’re wondering what to pack for Cabo, you’re in luck.

We’ve visited the Mexican resort area of Los Cabos countless times (and at different times of the year) – and we’ve carefully curated a list of all the right clothes, toiletries and electronics to remember.

Planning a vacation to Cabo is easier with this post!

So, no matter what month you’re visiting or the kind of trip you’re keen on (adventurous or relaxing), here’s our complete Cabo packing list.

Cabo Packing List
Swimsuit, sunglasses, sun hat, flip-flops – these are just some of the things you’ll want to pack for Cabo

Travel tips on what to pack for Cabo

Consider the weather and time of year

It’s warm in Cabo, right? 

Well, yes.

Thanks to its position at the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, it’s often warmer in Cabo than many other locations in North America. 

The sun shines most days in Cabo – from October through the winter months and right into May

However, there are still seasons in Cabo – meaning it has a definite winter and summer season (though not like you get further north, say in Canada).

If you’re visiting in the winter months, you’ll want to pack for slightly cooler weather.

When packing for Cabo in January, for example, remember some layers for the early mornings and evenings (including a thin light jacket). But don’t worry. You’ll definitely still need a swimsuit!

Winter is also the dry season. There’s very little chance of rain, so you don’t have to think about a rain jacket.

Mexican blanket at Cascadas Beach Grill restaurant
Most restaurants (like the Cascadas Beach Grill shown here) offer blankets in winter to help keep you warm during dinner

In the warmest months (i.e., summer), you can ditch the jacket. And you’ll want to pack clothes made from breathable fabric.

Think about the activities you’ll do

Some Cabo activities are unique – like hiking in Fox Canyon to a waterfall; swimming with whale sharks; horseback riding along the beach; and even camel riding in the desert!

Other activities include different types of watersports such as scuba diving and snorkeling.

So you’ll want specific items and clothes for these. 

However, if you’ll be spending most of your time around the pool or beach, then you should be ok with beachwear and a few fancier items for dinners out.

Montage beach chairs on Santa Maria Beach, Cabo San Lucas
Staying at The Montage on Santa Maria Beach? These beach chairs are waiting for you

Organize your Cabo essentials

To maximize space in your luggage, think about your essentials ahead of time, lay them out all at once, and organize them in a way that works best for you. 

This is one sure way to confirm that you haven’t missed anything.

Your essential Cabo packing list

Okay, let’s get started on packing for Cabo!

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Free printable Cabo packing checklist!

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Packing gear (for things to take to Cabo)

Cabo outfits and clothes

Life’s a beach in Cabo, and most visitors live in their shorts, t-shirts and sundresses all day long. 

However, don’t forget warmer clothes for the evenings (especially in winter). And you’ll definitely need smarter clothes for resort evenings if you’re staying at a fancy hotel like the One and Only Pamilla.

Here are some ideas for what to wear in Cabo.

Footwear for Cabo

Once you’ve worked out how to dress in Cabo San Lucas, you’ll want to figure out what shoes to take.

We have a thing for shoes (at least Janice does) and we’ve found some great sandals in different styles. 

Things to pack for Cabo for the beach

Once you’ve packed your Cabo clothes, turn your attention to beach gear.

There are many beaches in Los Cabos, and the beach is probably where you’ll spend most of your time. (Maybe at a fancy beach club?)

What to pack for Cabo for water activities

Toiletries

Other essential things to bring to Cabo

Has this ultimate packing list for Cabo helped you?

Hopefully, you’re no longer wondering what to pack for Cabo san Lucas.

Whether it’s your first trip or you go to Baja California every year, this list of Cabo vacation outfits and other gear is a good checklist to use before your trip!

One last thing, don’t forget the following:

  • Passport, travel documents and other important documents
  • Credit cards
  • Medications

And save a teeny bit of room in your suitcase for some of those souvenirs from Cabo you’re sure to buy on your trip!

By the way, this Cabo vacation packing list (with outfit ideas) can also be used as a Mexico packing list for any beach vacation in other parts of the country.

So you’ll want to save this guide on Pinterest for later!

What to Pack for Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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Planning your trip to Cabo?

Here are our favorite travel resources:

Resorts: Booking.com is great for scoring a “wow” hotel in Cabo – or at least a decent one. (We especially like their flexible cancellation policy!)

Vacation homes, condos and rentals: We prefer and use Vrbo (Vacation Rentals by Owner).

Tours: For the best local guided tours in Cabo, see Viator and GetYourGuide.

Car rental: Renting a car in Los Cabos is one of the best ways to explore. Discover Cars searches car rental companies so you get the best rates.

Travel insurance: SafetyWing is designed for frequent travelers, long-term adventurers and digital nomads. It covers medical expenses, lost checked luggage, trip interruption and more.

Need more help planning your trip? Check out our ultimate Cabo travel guide! It’s packed with crazy useful trip planning info.

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Photos: 2 to 4 © Janice and George Mucalov, Cabo Visitor

About the authors

Award-winning travel writers Janice and George Mucalov are frequent visitors to Los Cabos. Here on Cabo Visitor, they share their essential tips for discovering the best Cabo has to offer! See About.