Nothing can ruin a vacation like getting to your epic destination and realizing you forgot an essential item.
Read on: Mexico City Travel Guide
Below is a list of items you may consider taking with you on your next trip to Mexico. This packing list should be used only as a general guide. You don't have to take every item on this list - use your best judgement to determine what you will need and try to pack light. It will definitely help you along the way.
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I always try and do every trip with a carry on only. Not only is it lighter and easier to travel alone but I save time not having to wait in lines to check my bag and pick up my bag after a flight. You'll be surprised just how much stuff can fit in a carry on!
A quick note on packing light: To help pack as light as possible I try and bring clothes that serve multiple purposes. A maxi skirt that can be work over a bathing suit as a cover-up and also be worn with my heels for a nicer dinner. I also pack the same general colors through out my bag so that everything matches easily.
Clothing to pack for Mexico City
Obviously, you will want to look at the weather before heading out to Mexico. If you want to visit Mexico City when it has the best weather plan your trip sometime between March and May. Although the streets are pretty crowded this time of year you’ll find beautiful weather in Mexico City between March and May.
If you plan to go outside of these months remember that the city's winters can be chilly and the summers are considered very rainy.
Sundresses and Going out dresses
Dress up or down in Mexico, it's up to you.
Other clothing essentials
Underwear, bras, and socks
Pajamas (I usually wear my athletic wear at night to save room)
Belts, scarves, jewelry and other accessories
Athletic wear (sports bras, workout pants)
I always opt for a cross-body bag. It makes it harder to steal (or forget places)
Best Shoes For Mexico
Depending on how light you pack, you'll want a versatile shoe. Mexico can get dirty and dusty real quick, or extremely sandy if you’re near a beach. During a normal trip, I'll pack three pairs of shoes in my carry-on: sandals, light-weight sneakers, and nude low heels. Like I stated in the beginning of this article, I try and pack everything in the same color scheme so that I match effortlessly.
Sandals: I try and match all my shoes and clothes together. I wear a lot of white and colors so I find that nude sandals work best. I try and pack ones that have a buckle so they aren’t sliding off my feet. Make sure you test them out before your trip so you don’t end up with surprise blisters!
Sneakers: I stick to black - they hide dirt the best. Also, black sneakers match leggings and a sweatshirt, my normal plane attire. They have to be lightweight though! Look for sneakers that are mesh on top, this will help squeeze them in your bag.
Heels: When it comes to fancy shoes I always carry nude low rise heels. I have linked my absolute favorite ones below. A low heel helps me walk in them and (more importantly) fit into my bag easily.
I’ve linked the exact shoes I carry with me on all my trips. All are bought through amazon.
Toiletries, Medication, Personal Items
Don't forget that if you're only bringing a carry on all of these will have to miniature sized. Also, when it comes to toiletries - the less you pack the better. Anything you don't bring can easily be bought abroad. Often times for cheaper than in the states! For example, when I recently went to Mexico my travel sized toothpaste ran out. I went to a store and a full sized Colgate bottle was less than a dollar! (In the states, that same bottle is $3-something.)
Why is this first you ask? Because it is the most important thing that should be in your toiletry bag. I can't even tell you how many times I have been SO THANKFUL I had earplugs on me.
Some of you are going to think I'm crazy but I literally travel with the tiny brush I've linked below. I've found normal brushes take up SO much room and having a tiny one is totally fine.
If I know I'm staying at a nice hotel I only pack Conditioner to save room. Shampoo and body wash at hotels work perfectly fine for me. Also, stop buying those mini bottles of brand name shampoo. They are so expensive. Buy reusable bottles and fill them up before you go.
Chances are you are going to be swimming near wildlife and coral. Please consider the environmental impact of sunscreen and purchase natural sunscreen!
You should be wearing sunscreen everyday on your face! This is my favorite for daily use.
Contact lenses and contact solution
Tampons or sanitary napkins
First Aid Stuff
I know, this sounds weird. But, you should really buy this ahead of time because it is so expensive once you get there. If you rent it in Mexico, they will charge you $18 - $20 a day!!!
Things I don't ever pack and simply buy (or ask the front desk) if I need them:
Shampoo/Body Wash (I wrote about why above!)
Aloe Vera (I try and apply sunscreen so I don't need it but if you do get a bad burn you can simply buy it while you're there)
Good news for Americas, you won't need a converter for Mexico! But make sure you don't forget all your chargers.
Camera (I use the Nikon D3300)
Extra Lens (I use a Sigma Wide Angle) and camera equipment
Pack a long one just in case the plug isn't close to the bed!
I bought this 3-pack of chargers a while ago and I love it because it comes with different lengths. The small one I keep in my bag with my portable charger. The long ones I use next to the bed.
Money and Documents
Credit and/or debit cards
Airline tickets, hotel reservation and car rental info
I use an app called Tripit to store all my travel itinerary information.
Planning a trip to Mexico, and Mexico City in general is overwhelming. Everyone has an opinion on this beautiful location. Rest assured that no matter what you choose to do or where you choose to stay you'll have a beautiful time.
One last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a Mexico travel guide along with you. Here are some books I recommend...
And of course, if you have any questions DO NOT hesitate to reach out to me via Instagram, Twitter, or just shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).