The Essential Cabo Packing List in 2024

The time has come to pack your luggage and prepare for your vacation to Cabo! I’m only a teensy bit jealous of your vacation! This Cabo packing list will focus on the packing essentials for your trip (I’m not going to include underwear, clothing, etc. as I assume you’ll be bringing those!).

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These essential items for your Cabo packing list are suggestions of things that may help enhance your vacation. We want it to be as stress-free and as fun as much as possible! Spend your days whale watching in Cabo San Lucas or watching the sunset from a catamaran. Eat at some of the most incredible places, and visit some of the best beach clubs in Cabo. 

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Dresses for Cabo

You can’t visit Cabo without a few cute dresses in your suitcase. I love a dress that can easily be worn during the day and then amplified in the evening with a different pair of shoes, some jewelry, and a cute bag. If you could peep into my closet you would be astounded by the amount of dresses that I own. Which is a shame for me as I live in a country where it’s rainy, wet, and miserable 90% of the year and I want to wear nothing more than my Lululemons and a big oversized sweater.

My go-to dresses are ones that are versatile and can be worn year after year. I think Abercrombie & Fitch has nailed some really cute summer dresses that can take you from the beach to elevated with a pair of chunky sandals or heels.

I also LOVE their utility romper that is so chic. It’s absolutely divine and a must for your wardrobe.

Another go-to for adding some must-have fashion summer updates is Anthropologie. I honestly wish I could have an unlimited gift card for all the things I want from Anthropologie. This gorgeous cap sleeve dress comes in a variety of colors (I LOVE the chequered blue pattern). And the midi Somerset Collection is just endless chic, and something you can pull out of your wardrobe time and time again.

Shoes for Cabo

I wish I could take all the shoes I wanted with me to Cabo, however with limited luggage space I instead bring a pair of white trainers, you can pick up something from Adidas that is a versatile shoe.

As the biggest fan of Birkenstocks though, they’re a staple for any summer (spring & fall if the weather obliges) and whilst they do require some breaking in, once you’ve done that, its the best shoe in the world. I’ll never return to flip flops.

The Cecelia New York Kara Sandals are my shoes of the summer. They can dress up any outfit, and take you from day to night in an instant.

Shorts & Tops

I love the trend of the wide Sloane pants that Abercrombie has now adapted into their tailored Sloane shorts. These are the ultimate dressy shorts that paired with a cute scalloped top, or high-necked top make this outfit look like you’ve stepped off a private yacht in the French Riviera.

I love a big billowy shirt too and Pretty Wire have some gorgeous prints and deliver worldwide.


I live in Belgium. Where it rains. A lot. So why I feel the need to own a bazillion swimsuits is beyond me, but it’s an obsession.

One of my favorite swimsuits are from Hunza G and come in a variety of colors. They are expensive, but the material and the fact that one size can fit a size 4 as well as a size 16 body gets a thumbs up from me.

LSPACE have a great range of swimsuits & bikini’s that will make you the envy of everyone on the beach or around the pool. I love their Coco One Piece with a white trim, it’s effortlessly stylish. As well as the cut-out swimsuit from LSpace Kyslee that comes in a wide variety of colors.

The shell bikini top from LSPACE has been sold out for ages, but if you manage to get your hands on it, then good for you. It’s gorgeous!

The Essential Cabo Packing List Items

Luggage Tracker

With seemingly every single airport around the world in massive upheaval and chaos, losing your luggage at the start or end of your trip is just a massive pain.

One of the travel hacks in recent times has been to leave an Apple AirTag or Android’s Tile in your luggage. Using Bluetooth technology, you’ll be able to locate your luggage even if you and the suitcase are no longer in the same location.

It won’t help you retrieve your luggage, but at least you’ll be able to track it when it does eventually arrive at your destination. 

The Apple AirTag offers peace of mind in a really turbulent travel time, and can also be used for so many other occasions. Traveling with an Apple AirTag is one of the best travel gadgets in 2024.

Hands-Free Airplane Phone Holder

One of my tips for traveling is to make sure you download your latest episodes of whatever you are watching from Netflix, Disney+, or Prime. This means that when your phone is on airplane mode you can catch up on your TV shows. It passes the time and is the perfect excuse to binge-watch something.

I’ve found that a lot of airlines have started to remove their inflight entertainment devices, and I’ve had to become more reliant on my phone or tablet when I’m flying. It’s not such a big deal for me as I’ll download a couple of movies or series to keep me entertained in the airport and the long lines.

The hands-free phone holder from Wicked Chili is my absolute favorite gadget on this entire list. I no longer have to hold my phone for the duration of my flight, instead can mount it on the back of the tray table. It’s brilliant! 

Battery Pack

There is nothing more annoying than being on a beach or swimming with whale sharks and all of a sudden your cell phone’s battery dies. It’s 100% a first-world problem, but in this day and age when we’re far too attached to our phones, having a dead battery can almost ruin the day. 

I’ve been a huge fan of my Anker 747 Battery Pack since purchasing it after my vacation to Rome earlier this year. I spent each day trying to conserve my battery life by deleting apps, and putting it on various different battery saver plans, only for it to die after a few hours. 

The Anker 747 battery pack allows you to charge two devices at the same time and is the perfect gadget for days when you are by the pool and catching up on social media or Netflix. It takes the hassle out of limiting your cell phone usage. That’s got to be a plus right?


If you are planning on going surfing anywhere on the Baja peninsula or spending time in the Pacific Ocean, consider adding a rashguard to your Cabo packing list. This is one of the easiest ways to protect your skin from sun damage and freckling. It has built-in UV protection, is fast drying, and is lightweight. 

Spending an ample amount of time unprotected in the sun can cause real damage to your skin. This was my first year wearing a rashguard in the ocean as I’ve become quite obsessed with taking care of my skin. What can I say, I want to look 30 for as long as possible!

Microfibre Towels

A quick drying towel that is also incredibly lightweight is a complete game changer. I used to foolishly pack my own beach towels for my vacations and waste valuable clothing space. Then I went through a period of buying a cheap beach towel at wherever I was and donating it at the end of my trip. Or dragging it all the way home, only for it to be donated to my local pet shelter.

Since taking up swimming I discovered the brilliant microfibre towels which come in a variety of sizes and colors. They are so compact that they barely take up any space in your luggage. Seriously, these are a complete game changer.

Travel Bottles

I’m just about to zip up my luggage when I remember about my liquids. You would think at this stage of traveling we’d all be so used to liquid limits and flying, but it often escapes me. 

I rarely fly with check-in luggage, so I always have to ensure that I follow the liquid allowances for airlines. The Gemice Travel Bottles are not only adorable and come in a variety of colors, but are also TSA-approved. I fill them with my shampoo and conditioners, as well as other various lotions and potions. 

The Gemice Travel Bottles are brilliant for anyone who wants to bring only carry-on luggage when they’re preparing their Cabo packing list. 

Travel Hairdryer

Some hotels can surprise you and have the most fantastic hairdryers available in the rooms. More than likely you’ll find the traditional hairdryer glued to the wall, with a button that needs to be held down for it to work. And when you do get it started, it’s like a mouse blowing your hair dry. 

Of course, you can take your own hairdryer with you, or you can consider a lightweight travel hairdryer from GHD. Adding a hairdryer to your Cabo packing list may be a necessary and unquestioning decision to add to your luggage. And if space or weight is a problem, the GHD Travel hairdryer is compact, lightweight, and powerful. 


If I could live in Birkenstocks all year round, I would. I joined the Birkenstock family back in 2019 and if I lived in a climate that would allow me to wear them year-round I totally would.

Birkenstocks are so comfortable and the perfect shoe that can be dressed up or down. And whilst they come with an expensive price tag I can promise you that you’ll have them for years, they are quality through and through.

Beach Bag

I don’t know why, but on vacation, I seem to become Mary Poppins. My beach bag seems to house everything I bring on vacation with me. You’ll find half-drunk bottles of water, dog-earred books, a change of clothes, a loose cookie that is now crumbling everywhere. And on top of all the stuff that I bring, my partner manages to sneak his stuff in there too. 

Having a beach bag that I can fit seemingly endless amounts of unnecessary beach paraphernalia is an essential part of my packing list for Cabo. Plus it’s handy for the fantastic stores and shopping in Cabo. 

Collapsible Water Bottle

If you are anything like me and you’re trying to reduce your single-use plastic usage, but don’t want to lug an enormous water bottle around with you. I got you. Introducing the amazing and oh-so-handy collapsible water bottle that fits right in your beach bag or backpack.

With so many water filling points in your hotel or accommodation (it’s not advisable to drink the tap water unless you’ve been told otherwise), this is the easiest way to reduce your plastic usage. Plus it’s not solely for vacation usage and can fit handily in your purse. It also happens to be BPA-free too. 

Waterproof Phone Case

If you’re worried about your belongings when swimming in your hotel pool, or on an excursion to see whales, then you definitely should add a waterproof phone case to your Cabo packing list. 

The peace of mind that comes with a waterproof phone case that can also hold your AirPods or credit cards is one of the best hacks for your Cabo packing list and an absolutely essential item.

If you are worried about the case actually being waterproof, test it out before your vacation and put a slip of paper into the pouch. Once you’re satisfied with its security and waterproofness then keep testing out various other non-perishable items until you work up to your phone. 

Packing Cubes

For longer week-long vacations I am 100% an over-packer. I will try my best to pack the entire contents of my home into my luggage. Packing Cubes have been the greatest discovery to keep me and my luggage organized. Each cube has its own purpose that stops me from overpacking. So when the swimsuit cube is full and I can no longer zip it closed, then it’s time to move on to the next cube and fill that up.

Packing cubes keep me organized, they also keep my hotel room organized too. My suitcase doesn’t explode as soon as I enter the hotel room, and I don’t make that much mess for the chambermaids to hate cleaning my room each day. A little goes a long way.

Non-Essential Cabo Packing List Items

Selfie Stick, Tripod & Gimbal

I’m a huge sucker for gadgets that I do not need. But much like a crow, whenever I see something shiny I’ve just got to have it. Which is why I now own the Insta 360 Gimbal Stabilizer for my phone. 

Do I need a gimbal for taking videos for my Instagram account? Nope. But man how I love it. I’ve tried all the tips on how to create seamless floating photos, but I end up shaking my phone really unsteadily. And yes, I even have turned on the stabilizer on my phone’s settings and it still looks like an earthquake is happening underfoot. 

The gimbal is something to add to your hand luggage if you are enjoying making content for your Instagram or TikTok account. And if you don’t, you can totally skip this unnecessary purchase. 

And the beauty of this gimbal is that it also doubles up as a tripod and selfie stick!

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