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Packing List For Mexico

Packing List For Mexico
Karina
Karina
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Mexico is one of North America’s most beautiful places, known for its clear turquoise waters and golden sand beaches, the Gulf of Mexico, its diverse landscape, and impressive Mayan culture. Travelers looking to explore paradise in an ancient Mayan city should definitely visit Tulum, a seaside city on the shores of the Caribbean Sea. Xcaret Park and Xel-Ha Park are the go-to places for water activities such as snorkeling or swimming with the dolphins. For a walk down history lane, travelers should check out the Mayan ruins in Coba and Palenque, as well as the famous pyramid temple at Chichen Itza. When it comes to food and drinks, some of the must-try stuff include coffee, tequila, guacamole, and their famous enchiladas and elote. But first, check out this useful packing list for Mexico.

1. Comfortable shoes

The shoes you choose to bring on your trip to Mexico can make or break your vacation. No matter what part of Mexico you decide to visit, you will most likely find yourself wandering all day. From beach exploring to Mayan ruin climbing, and street navigating, your shoes should be comfortable. It would be best to pack two or three pairs of shoes - one that is cozy enough for the beach, dining out, or sightseeing, one for rainy days, and a pair of sneakers for hiking and other outdoor adventures. Flip-flops and comfortable, breathable shoes are both great options.

Men's hiking shoes

Price: from USD 45.99

Amazon

Women's flip flops

Price: from USD 5.65

Amazon

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2. Bathing suit

Whether it’s Cancun, Punta Cana, or Cabo, your bucket list will most likely include at least one of these jaw-dropping resorts, as Mexico is home to some of the most stunning beaches. Needless to say, you need to pack at least one cute bathing suit and get ready to sit back and relax in the sunshine. However, don’t fill your suitcase with bathing suits, as tempting as this may be.

Women's two-piece swimwear

Price: from USD 5.99

Amazon

Men's swimming trunks

Price: from USD 17.59

Amazon

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3. Warm-weather clothes

When packing your clothes for Mexico, there are a few things to have in mind, besides temperature. There is high humidity there, and lots of mosquitos, so ideally, your clothes should be breathable, light, comfortable, and they should cover up as much as possible, to keep the insects away. Cotton is a great option, so you can go for a variety of cotton shirts, and skirts. Shorts are not a common choice for women in Mexico, but you can always replace them with midi or maxi skirts, or breathable long pants. Just like on any other trip, it’s important to pack clothing items that you can mix and match.

Linen pants for men

Price: from USD 18.99

Amazon

Women's lightweight skirt

Price: USD 14.69

Amazon

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4. Bug spray and sunscreen

Two of the must-haves you should always buy before a trip to Mexico are sunscreen and bug spray. You will definitely need them, and it’s most likely they are overpriced in Mexico. For extra protection against mosquitos, you can also pack a couple of mosquito-repelling wristbands.

Organic bug spray

Price: USD 8.95

Amazon

Suncreen (by Neutrogena)

Price: USD 7.29

Amazon

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5. Quick-dry towels and sarong

Your days in Mexico will most likely include some beach time, so don’t forget to pack a sarong or a quick-dry towel. These are both great options as they are versatile and can come in handy in several situations. You can use a sarong as a cover-up, as a scarf, or even as a beach blanket. Quick-dry towels are very practical and can be used as a post-shower towel, or when going to the beach.

Quick-dry towel

Price: from USD 6.99

Amazon

Sarong

Price: USD 12.39

Amazon

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6. Raincoat

The wet season in Mexico begins from May and lasts until October, but even if you visit outside these months, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so make sure you pack a raincoat. When it rains in Mexico, it usually rains hard, so it’s better to come prepared. The best option is a light, breathable rain jacket that can easily fit into your day backpack.

Raincoat for men

Price: USD 10.99

Amazon

Raincoat for women

Price: USD 10.99

Amazon

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7. Medicine and first aid kit

First-aid kit with medical supplies
Source: Amazon

You should never leave for a vacation without medicine and a first aid kit, but when traveling to Mexico, there are a few essentials you shouldn’t forget at home. Mexican food is quite specific and different from other countries’ cuisine, so Imodium and charcoal tablets should not be missed out from your medicine kit. If you’re considering spending time on the water, pack something for motion sickness too.

First-aid kit with medical supplies

Price: USD 25.99

Amazon

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8. Daypack

Daypack
Source: Amazon

Whether you are going on a day trip to Mexico, to the beach, or wandering through one of its resorts or cities for a few hours, a daypack is a must. A quality daypack should be lightweight, waterproof, and versatile. It should be compact and should have several zipped pockets, so you can easily find things like a camera, a rain jacket, a bottle of water, or the sunscreen inside.

Daypack

Price: USD 17.99

Amazon

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9. Zip-off pants and sweaters

While days in Mexico are usually hot and humid, nights can be rather cold, so the best thing to pack in order to be prepared for both scenarios and easily switch from one situation to another are zip-off pants and sweaters. Zip-off pants might not be the most stylish item in your closet, but they sure are functional and will do their job well.

Zip-off pants (for men)

Price: USD 29.99

Amazon

Full-zip sweater (for women)

Price: from USD 8.21

Amazon

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10. Waterproof camera

Waterproof camera by Nikon
Source: Amazon

There wouldn’t be a Mexican vacation without visiting some of its incredible beaches. Two of the most spectacular adventures you can try while in Mexico are snorkeling and swimming with the dolphins, and it would be a pity not to be able to catch those one-of-a-kind moments on camera. If you also add the fact that Mexico has very humid and unpredictable weather and short, heavy rains are not so uncommon, then it’s clear that a waterproof or underwater camera is definitely a good investment.

Waterproof camera by Nikon

Price: USD 386.95

Amazon

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Mexico, the place for enchiladas, excellent tequila, and snorkeling

packing list for mexico | mexico, the place for enchiladas, excellent tequila, and snorkeling
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Mexico is definitely one of the destinations that should be on anyone’s bucket list. Famous for its original cuisine, including enchiladas and guacamole, to great coffee and tequila, snorkeling, and dolphin watching - Mexico has so much to offer, for any traveling type. There’s a lot of history, unique cuisine, and spectacular landscape. Before you get lost daydreaming of crystal-clear waters and pristine beaches, check out this useful packing list that will definitely come in handy before hopping on a plane to Mexico.

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Karina is a content creator based in Bucharest, Romania, world traveler, F.R.I.E.N.D.S obsessed, and coffee addict, dreaming of one day calling Colorado home. Some of her favorite destinations...Read more

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