The time has come! You’re getting your bags together, and you’re not quite sure how to pack for your trip to Punta Cana. Well, don’t worry! You’ve come to the right place. Follow the packing tips below and you’ll be ready for your trip in no time.

Weather in Punta Cana

The weather in Punta Cana is warm and humid all year round. You can expect temperatures between 80-90°F (26-32°C). There’s usually a nice breeze, and the sun is always shining. It’s basically paradise! Check out this article for more details on the weather in Punta Cana.

So here’s how to pack for your trip to Punta Cana

Start with the basics

Shorts. Shirts. Sandals. Underwear. And a swimsuit. That’s really all you need at the resort. I’d also recommend bringing at least one pair of long pants and a sweater. It can get chilly at night. And don’t forget some extra cash. It’s good to have smaller bills on hand to tip at the resort. (Follow this link to learn more about the currency to use in Punta Cana.) Okay, that’s a good start! But let’s keep going…

Prepare for sunshine

The sun is always shining, and it’s strong!! Even on the few cloudy days that we have here… So it’s important to be prepared. 
Pack lots of sunscreen. And I’m not talking about that SPF 4 nonsense. Pack something stronger. Between 30-50 should do the trick. (This is one of my favorites. It’s vegan & reef-friendly.) And reapply often! I can’t tell you how many people think they’ll be fine laying out in the sun all day long and only putting on sunscreen once. Don’t be that person. You don’t want to get so sunburned on the very first day of your trip and be miserable for the rest of your vacation. Trust me.
If you do get sunburned, (yes, it happens to the best of us) bring some aloe vera to ease the pain and help heal your skin faster.
And don’t forget your sunglasses.

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It’s all about the beach mentality

Alright, let’s face it – You’re probably going to be spending 90 percent of your time at the beach or the pool. That’s why you’re coming to the Caribbean, right? So you’ll need your beachwear.
Pack at least two swimsuits. That way you have something to put on while the other one is drying. It’s humid in Punta Cana, so it’ll take the first one a day or two to dry off after you’ve been in the water. And no one likes to put on a cold, damp swimsuit…
Bring a hat. It’ll help keep the sunshine off your face no matter where you go.
Bring a good book. You’ll want to have something to read while you’re catching those rays.
Chapstick with SPF is a must. You don’t want your lips getting sunburned. Yuck!

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Consider your itinerary

Are you planning to go on a lot of excursions in Punta Cana? Consider the excursion and pack accordingly. If you’re going ziplining or to the Scape Park, you’ll need to bring a pair of sneakers. Heading to Santo Domingo? You’ll want a comfortable pair of walking shoes, too. Or if you’re going on the buggies, bring a bandana or face mask to protect you from the dirt and mud. 
If you’re coming to Punta Cana for a formal event like a wedding or business conference, be sure to pack the proper attire for that event.
If you’re planning a couple or family photoshoot, pack a nice outfit (or two) to wear for your session.
Whatever the occasion, be sure to pack what you need to look your best.

Don’t forget the essentials

Most resorts provide basic toiletries like soap, shampoo, and conditioner, but you’ll definitely need to bring your own toothbrush and toothpaste. And don’t forget deodorant. I’d also recommend packing some Advil or Tylenol just in case. I recommend putting these all in your carry-on so you have them no matter what.
You’ll also want to pack your chargers (cell phone, camera, tablet, etc.) in your carry on bag.
But the single most important thing you’ll need for your trip is your passport. It’s the one thing you can’t travel without! Put it in a safe place that’s quick and easy to access at any given moment.


What you can leave behind

Don’t bother bringing big, heavy beach towels. The resort will provide them for you. And leave expensive items (like jewelry) at home. You don’t want to risk losing anything at the beach.
You don’t need to pack your whole closet. Chances are, you’ll spend most of the time in your swimsuit anyway. So pack light. You’ll be glad you did. 

Save room for souvenirs

Whether you’re bringing something back for your family, friends, or for yourself, it’s always better to have room in your suitcase instead of having to cram it in or carry it with you on the plane. Save yourself the headache and leave some space in your suitcase for souvenirs.

I hope these packing teams come in handy, and you now know how to pack for your trip to Punta Cana. And I hope you have a great vacation!!

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