You booked the ultimate vacation to Mexico and are ready to start relaxing right away, but first comes packing. Take this list of what to pack for Mexico for a stress-free trip and to make sure you don’t forget any beach essentials.
What to Pack for Mexico: The Suitcase
- Bric’s X Travel 21-Inch Carry-on Spinner: This carry-on suitcase is perfect for a trip to Mexico thanks to its size and material. It has some give for extra souvenirs but still fits comfortably in the overhead compartment.
What to Pack for Mexico: The Personal Item
- Patagonia Lightweight Black Hole Cinch Pack: If you’re wondering what to pack for Mexico as your personal item, it should be a sturdy day pack for day trips and hikes. This one fits everything you’ll need and is made of water-resistant material in case you encounter any showers.
What to Pack for Mexico: In-Flight Essentials
- Alteng Noise-Cancelling Over-Ear Headphones and Airplane Adapter: These are a great pair of affordable, yet durable headphones for the airplane.
- MOS Nest Bag: This bag is great for organizing your in-flight essentials and slides comfortably under the seat in front of you.
What to Pack for Mexico: Shoes
- Teva Women’s Original Universal Sandal: Water shoes are a must if you’re packing for a trip to Mexico. Between snorkeling and hiking to cenotes, you’ll need a sturdy pair.
- Top Moda Women’s Ankle Strap Open-Toe Heeled Sandal: These casual yet stylish sandals will do the trick for resort dinners or a night out on the town.
- Roxy Women’s Jyll Sandal Flip Flop: Pack your favorite pair of flip flops for the beach, of course.
- SUAVS Zilker Knit Sneaker: These breathable, sockless shoes are great for any day excursions that might be on your itinerary and for days when you’ll be walking a lot.
What to Pack for Mexico: Clothing
- Bathing Suits: I like this one from zeraca—it’s trendy, but still provides decent coverage, plus it’s available in more than 20 different prints and colors.
- Vince Camuto Cabana Stripes Wrap Cover-up Dress: This bathing suit coverup is perfect for a trip to Mexico. It’s stylish, versatile, and can be worn in a few different ways.
- Coastal Blue Mesh Side Short: Whether it’s snorkeling or hiking, these active shorts are great to wear over a bathing suit or during outdoor activities.
- Coastal Blue Short Sleeve Colorblock Rash Guard: Protect your skin from the sun with a rash guard, like this stylish one from Amazon.
- Lark & Ro Halter Maxi Dress: A solid, versatile maxi dress is perfect for evenings at the resort or during the day around town.
- Light, Airy Tops: For a trip to Mexico, you’ll want plenty of loose-fitting tops. This style from Amazon is casual yet chic and can be worn poolside or out to dinner.
What to Pack for Mexico: Toiletries
- Mosquito-Repellent Bracelet: Avoid chemicals and the smell of DEET bug spray by just wearing a bracelet.
- COOLA-4 Piece Sun Kit: Sunscreen, after-sun lotion, lip balm, and face sunscreen all in one convenient, travel-sized kit.
- Sun-Protection Mist for Hair: Don’t forget to protect your luscious locks from sun damage, too.
What to Pack for Mexico: The Purse
- Arden Cove Crossbody Bag: This waterproof and anti-theft bag is perfect to dress up or down when you’re in Mexico.
What to Pack for Mexico: Gadgets
- Skyroam Solis Mobile Hot Spot: If you don’t have mobile coverage in Mexico, then the Skyroam Solis will be your best friend. You can buy day passes for the Solis and connect up to five devices at a time. Even if you do have mobile coverage, the Solis is a great way to avoid pricey Wi-Fi charges at your resort.
- Kindle eReader: Some reading entertainment is essential for beach lounging (as well as the plane).
- Portable Phone Charger: Pack a portable charger to keep your phone charged after taking all those beach Instagram photos.
- Waterproof Phone Case: For what to pack for Mexico for your phone, you should make sure you have a waterproof case to protect your phone at the beach and on any day excursions.
What to Pack for Mexico: Accessories
- Sarong: A sarong does double duty on a trip to Mexico. Use it as a blanket or shawl on the plane or at dinner, and use it as a bathing suit coverup at the beach or poolside.
- Aviator Sunglasses: This pair is both stylish and practical. Opt for a less expensive option, so if you lose or break them, you can leave them behind.
- Crushable Hat: This is essential for sun protection. A crushable style means you don’t have to worry about it when stuffing it into your suitcase.
- Zippered Canvas Reusable Tote: I was happy to have a reusable tote on my Mexico packing list for the beach and pool area. This zippered one is great for added security.
- Microfiber Travel Towel: For what to pack for Mexico day excursions (or just to cool off at the pool), I recommend packing a quick-dry towel.
What to Pack for Mexico (That I Didn’t but Should Have)
- Extra Resort-Wear: I wish I had an extra cover-up or maxi dress with me to have on at the beach and pool area during the day.
- Portable Clothes Line: This would have been great to have to hang up bathing suits at the end of each day so they dried quicker.
- Thin Sweater: Any sort of thin layering piece is ideal for mild nights in Mexico.
What Not to Pack for Mexico
- Valuables: Leave anything that’s flashy at home to avoid being a target for pickpockets.
- Warm Clothing: This one’s a given, but you don’t really need any warm clothing items for Mexico. If you’re going to an urban area, bring a light jacket depending on the time of year, otherwise you should be set with just a light sweater or shawl.
More from SmarterTravel:
- 10 Ways to Have an Authentic Trip to Mexico
- Tipping in Mexico: The Mexico Tipping Guide
- 10 Best Things to Do in Mexico
Ashley followed this list of what to pack for Mexico on a recent trip to Cancun. You can follow all of her adventures (big and small) on Instagram and Twitter @ashley_stravel.
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