Packing List: Mexico City

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.

P.S. Click on any of the pictures or links to shop exactly what I use when I travel. Especially if you are an Amazon Prime member!

Luggage

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!

I travel with an Away carry on and LOVE IT. You can see my review of it here. These are a little pricey but I still recommend them. I have linked Amazon brand similar bags below.

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.

Read on: 16 things you have to do in Mexico City

Bathing Suit

You'll want to pack lots of bathing suits to lounge in. I love one pieces because then I don't mind indulging in the awesome food and drinks you’ll find everywhere in Mexico City.

Cover ups

An easy way to look cute and put together is by wearing a maxi skirt on top of a plain one piece. There are also so many super cute dresses these days that are technically cover-ups.

Casual Shorts and T-shirts

At times it can get very hot in Mexico City so you will want to pack a great pair of shorts and lots of breathable shirts.

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)

 

  • Purse

    • 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.)

  • Ear Plugs

    • 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.

  • Hairbrush or comb

    • 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.

  • Shampoo/Conditioner/Body Wash

    • 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.

Things I don't ever pack and simply buy (or ask the front desk) if I need them:

  • Nail file/clippers

  • Tweezers

  • 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)

Electronics

Good news for Americas, you won't need a converter for Mexico! But make sure you don't forget all your chargers.

My full list of travel gear, that I take on every trip can be found here.

If you want to take photos underwater make sure you have the right equipment. For the best photos use a Go Pro - but make sure you have a red filter all your photos will come out super blue. You can also put your phone in a waterproof case.

Money and Documents

  • Cash

  • Credit and/or debit cards

  • Passport

  • Drivers license

  • Airline tickets, hotel reservation and car rental info

    • I use an app called Tripit to store all my travel itinerary information.

Final Thoughts

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...

Also, a super common question I get is: What camera do I use for my travels. The body is a Nikon D3300 and I use the kit lens and a Sigma wide-angle lens which I am genuinely obsessed with.

My full list of travel gear, that I take on every trip can be found here.

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 (tessajuliette@gmail.com). 

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Heading to Mexico soon? Make sure you check out Tulum, one of the best cities and beaches in Mexico. It's a short drive from Cancun but a world of difference! Here's a great list of everything you want to pack for the trip so you don't miss a thing!
 

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