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What to take to Punta Cana?

Now’s the time! The moment to pack has finally arrived! Just a few days away from your eagerly awaited trip, you’re probably wondering what to pack for your journey to Punta Cana. So, let’s detail everything you need so you don’t forget a thing!

1. What to pack for Punta Cana?

The Dominican Republic is a country with a lot to offer, and it’s definitely worth visiting. The average stay in the country is 10 days, so you’ll likely want to be prepared and might be thinking about filling your suitcase with ‘just in case’ items. To avoid overweight due to unnecessary items, here’s a list of essentials you should take to Punta Cana, ensuring you don’t forget anything essential.

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Toiletry bag

A well-equipped toiletry bag is essential for any trip. If you plan to carry it with you in the cabin, keep in mind that liquids must not exceed 100 ml each, so you should purchase mini versions of the products.

The basic items would be:

  • Sunscreen: As a destination of sun and beach, Punta Cana has sunshine year-round, so you should bring sunscreen to prevent sunburns.
  • Aftersun: To restore your skin after a long day at the beach.
  • Mosquito repellent: Mosquitoes in Punta Cana can be very bothersome, so a good repellent will keep them away.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste: Toothpaste is usually included in all-inclusive hotels as part of basic toiletries. However, if you’re staying at a simpler hotel or have a preferred brand and flavor, we recommend bringing your own.
  • Deodorant: After several hours on tours or nights of dancing, you’ll appreciate having deodorant handy.
  • Feminine hygiene products: It’s always better not to need them while traveling, but sometimes vacations coincide with those days of the month, so just in case, don’t forget them!
  • Shaving kit: If you prefer a clean-shaven look, you’ll need to bring shaving products.
  • Moisturizer: For your body and hair. The sun, sea, and pool can dry out your skin and hair, so keep them hydrated to look good all day.
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In addition, we’ll add some additional items that, while not essential, could be very useful:

  • Makeup: It’s good to be prepared in case you feel like wearing makeup for dinners or parties.
  • Makeup remover: At the end of the day, removing makeup is essential to keep your skin clean.
  • Perfume or cologne: If you use it on special occasions, you’re sure to leave a good impression.

Clothing and accessories

One standout feature of the Dominican Republic is its warm climate year-round. For this reason, the essentials you should pack for traveling to Punta Cana, in terms of clothing, can be easily summarized as follows: Light and very cool clothing.

  • Summer dresses, shirts, or shorts: Made of cotton, linen, or breathable fabrics, these are ideal for the heat of this beautiful place.
  • Thin long sleeves: In the evenings, with the sea breeze, it can occasionally get cool, so one or two long-sleeved garments are sufficient. Avoid filling your suitcase with these items as you will hardly use them.
  • Elegant clothing: If you are staying at one of Punta Cana’s many resorts, you may need elegant clothing for events. It won’t take up much space in your suitcase and you’ll ensure you have it if you need it.
  • Underwear: Bring enough underwear for the days you plan to stay, adding a few extra units to avoid unexpected situations.
  • Swimsuits and bikinis: They are a must! They will be your best allies to enjoy the stunning Dominican beaches and will appear in all your photos next to the palm trees.
  • Beachwear: Include a pareo, t-shirt, or easy-to-put-on and take-off beach dress for your visits to the beach or pool, and to be comfortable at the beach bar.
  • Old or white clothing: If you are going on the buggy tour, it will be essential to bring it, as it is highly likely that you will get dirty and sometimes stains do not come out.
  • Sunglasses: Most of the time you will spend outdoors during tours or at the hotel facilities, so protecting your eyes from the sun is essential.
  • Cap or hat: Staying cool and protected from the sun is key in Punta Cana, so include a cap or hat in your luggage to provide extra protection and add style to your beach look.
  • Sportswear: Many hotels have gym facilities, so if you want to continue training in the Caribbean, add it to your suitcase.
  • Pajamas: Comfortable sleepwear is essential to fully enjoy your days and tours in paradise.
  • Hair ties: With the heat and humidity, it’s a good idea to bring some to tie up your hair and stay cooler.
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Choosing the right footwear is essential to fully enjoy your trip to Punta Cana. If you choose very comfortable and cool shoes, you’ll hit the mark.

  • Flip-flops: Perfect for walking on the beach and around the hotel pool areas.
  • Sandals: For afternoon strolls or dining at a casual restaurant.
  • Water shoes: Some Dominican beaches have corals and rocks along the shore, so you’ll appreciate having water shoes for getting in and out of the water.
  • Sneakers or trainers: Excellent for hikes and tours, such as exploring Santo Domingo.
  • Heels: Not essential footwear, but you can bring them for special occasions when you want to wear a nice pair of heels.
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First aid kit

Even on vacation, it’s crucial not to neglect our health, and bringing the right medications will allow you to enjoy your trip worry-free. That’s why we want you to know what medications to bring to Punta Cana to avoid any unexpected issues.

  • Chronic medication: If you take medications regularly, make sure to bring enough for your entire stay, as the same medication may not be available or may have a different name, making it harder to find.
  • Antidiarrheals: Essential to prevent common gastrointestinal problems during travels.
  • Antacids: Useful in case of indigestion.
  • Motion sickness medication (e.g., Biodramina): If you plan to go on tours, such as visiting Saona Island, and you tend to get motion sickness, it’s best to bring it along to fully enjoy the experience.
  • Pain relievers: Aspirin or paracetamol are ideal for relieving headaches or mild discomforts.
  • Antibiotics: Bringing some type of antibiotic may be advisable to combat infections, but consult your doctor before taking them.
  • Antihistamines: Important for relieving allergic reactions.
  • Anti-inflammatories: Especially useful if you suffer from menstrual cramps or any other type of inflammation.
  • Antiseptic and bandages: To treat minor wounds or cuts that may occur during the trip.
  • Cold medications: Such as decongestants and throat lozenges, in case you catch a cold.
  • Mosquito repellent and afterbite: Although insect repellent was mentioned in the toiletries section, it’s crucial to reiterate its importance. Also, bring a cream to relieve itching and irritation caused by bites.
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If you are already in Punta Cana and forgot to bring your medication, don’t worry. You can contact local pharmacies, some of which offer delivery service. This way, they will deliver the medications directly to your hotel, saving you time.


Among the essentials you should bring to Punta Cana, electronics are a must.

  • Phone: Seems obvious, right?! Don’t forget to bring it!
  • Camera: Or, alternatively, you can use your phone’s camera.
    • Underwater camera: We recommend bringing an underwater camera to capture moments both in and out of the water. In tours like the one to Catalina Island, which include snorkeling, it will be very useful.
    • Drone: The impressive Dominican landscapes will also amaze you from the air.
  • Chargers: You wouldn’t want to run out of battery.
  • Adapter: You can check the following article on Plugs in the Dominican Republic: type and voltage to see if you’ll need one.
  • Headphones: For entertainment during the plane journey.
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It’s convenient to carry some cash for minor expenses or emergencies. For example, paying for tours in cash is often more advantageous than using a card.

Additionally, some local shops still do not accept card payments. Therefore, if you plan to buy souvenirs and artisanal products, we recommend bringing cash to Punta Cana.

It’s also useful to have cash for tipping, which is a common and appreciated practice in the Dominican Republic.


Before traveling to Punta Cana, it’s crucial to ensure you have the necessary documents that will allow you to enjoy your vacation without complications.

  • Passport: Verify that your passport is valid. We recommend taking photos of it and also carrying a scanned copy on your phone.
  • E-ticket: Ensure you complete the immigration process known as e-ticket before going to the airport and keep the document saved on your phone, as you will need it upon arrival at the airport.
  • Hotel reservation: Carry a printed or digital copy of your hotel reservation.
  • Driver’s license: If you plan to rent a vehicle or go on the buggy tour, it will be useful.
  • Diving license: If you have a PADI certification, it’s essential to bring it with you if you plan to dive at Catalina Island.
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Medical insurance

It is not mandatory to have medical insurance to enter the Dominican Republic. However, although we don’t like to get sick during vacations, there could always be an unforeseen event that makes it necessary.

Keep in mind that the cost of medical insurance will be much lower compared to the cost of treatment if needed. Therefore, having comprehensive insurance with extensive coverage will allow you to be calm in case of any mishap.

Most likely, your travel agency will offer you the option to add it to your package. Otherwise, you will need to contract it externally.

Useful extras

We’re almost done packing! With all the essentials packed, let’s add some extras that, while not essential, can be very useful.

  • Waterproof phone case: Protect your phone from sand and water while enjoying the beaches of Punta Cana.
  • Selfie stick: Perfect for capturing the best moments of your vacation, from panoramic views of the paradisiacal landscapes to fun selfies with your travel companions.
  • Book: At some point of disconnection, you might want to read a book under the shade of a palm tree.
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2. What not to bring to Punta Cana?

When packing your suitcase for Punta Cana, it’s equally important to know what not to include. Some items may be unnecessary or even inappropriate for your stay in this tropical destination.

  • Towels: If you’re staying at an all-inclusive hotel, you’ll have towels available in your room and at the pool, so you won’t need to pack them. However, if you choose another type of accommodation in Punta Cana, they may not be included, so you should pack them.
  • Snorkel tube: In tours where snorkeling is practiced, the necessary equipment will already be included. Unless you plan to snorkel on your own near the beach, it won’t be necessary to bring it with you.
  • Thick clothing: With an average temperature of 27°C or 80.6°F, Punta Cana enjoys warm weather throughout the year. You won’t need thick clothing.
  • Adapters: Many resorts are designed to accommodate different plug types. We recommend contacting your hotel beforehand to confirm if you need an adapter.
  • If there’s an item you always bring on trips but never use, leave it at home. You probably won’t need it this time either, and it will just take up space in your suitcase.
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3. Tips for packing for Punta Cana

To ensure you don’t forget anything, here are some tips that will be great for preparing your suitcase.

  • Make a list: Before you start packing, make a list of everything you plan to pack. This will help you not forget anything and avoid having to search for things all over the place.
  • Just the essentials: Avoid filling your suitcase with “just in case” items. Even if you pack extra clothes and items, remember you don’t need twenty t-shirts for a week. Make a selection to save space in your suitcase.
  • Utilize all spaces: Don’t waste a single square millimeter; there are gaps everywhere.
  • Don’t fill the suitcase on the outbound trip: If the weight limit is 23 kg, consider filling it only up to 20 kg. This will leave you space for potential purchases or souvenirs you want to bring back from Punta Cana.

Your suitcase is ready! Now all you have to do is enjoy your stay and return filled with experiences and memories from your trip to Punta Cana. By the way, here are some tours to do in Punta Cana.


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