Hello and welcome back to my weekly Mexico travel tips series I will be doing all summer long. If you missed the first 3 weeks you can read them here, here and here! This week is all about to what to pack for your Mexico vacation!
This week I wanted to go over what to pack on your Mexico vacation and why. Before traveling to Mexico my very first time, I had NO IDEA what to pack. First of all, I hate packing. I just know that I will inevitably forget something important and it’s not like you can just run to nearest Wal Mart!
This list will be long as I plan to cover not only clothing but also medicine and toiletries as well. I want to make sure you’re prepared for your trip so you can sit back and relax. So, grab some popcorn and let’s get to the list!
What to pack for your Mexico vacation
First Let’s Go Over Outfits for Mexico Travel
Obviously swimsuits would be first on that list. I like to bring at least 2-3 or more if you have them. Mainly because I hate putting on a wet swimsuit and this will give others time to dry and you still have spares. Also, I’ve had some break/tear on me and you don’t want to be out of swimwear! You will be wearing these the majority of the time while there. Or at least if you’re like me.
Which leads me to swimsuit cover ups. I also pack quite a few of these. Many of the restaurants on the resort have dress codes based on time of day. During the day, most will require a cover up and for men to wear shirts while dining. Even in the outdoor pool cafes. Don’t ask why. I have no idea.
Hats and sunglasses are a must for me. I usually bring at least 2 of each. One year I lost my favorite glasses within 10 minutes of getting in the ocean. Of course, having a boogie board smack you in the face thanks to a HUGE wave will do that. I bring a baseball hat and at least one sun hat.
Jewelry. I touched on this is my safety post last week but, I don’t bring my nice jewelry when traveling. For a few reasons. I don’t want to lose them, of course. But also because it’s just not worth the risk of theft. I usually wear my inexpensive costume jewelry or beads. I don’t bring anything fancy.
I touched briefly above on dress codes. Most of the resort restaurants have dress codes. Usually men have to wear sandals, khaki pants and a button up shirt and close toed shoes. My husband wasn’t a fan of this, but you can change back at your room as soon as dinner is over. I usually bring a few sun dresses and sandals for nights I know we will be eating in the nicer restaurants. HUGE TIP: make reservations for these restaurants as soon as you arrive. They do tend to book up fast and you don’t want to miss out.
For shoes, at least a pair of sandals like mentioned, but I usually bring 2-3 pairs of flip flops, one pair of nice sandals and usually a wedge. You don’t have to have all of these but I am a shoe gal. If you plan on doing water excursions sometimes you might want water shoes or if you plan to do the hiking excursion, tennis shoes.
Of course bring plenty of under garments for the days you are there and maybe some extra. Most of the resorts offer robes in your room so no need to pack those!
I bring a jacket with me. Just a light one for the plane ride there and back as so many of the airports are FREEZING! Especially when you have a sunburn. I usually wear the same outfit there and back as I like to be comfortable on the plane and on the bus taking you to and from the airport. This is usually a tank top and some denim shorts or capri pants.
I mentioned sun dresses for the restaurants. I usually pack at least 3 of these. Now I am basing my packing on a 5-7 day stay or less so if you plan to stay longer, you might want to add more of all items mentioned! I bring just 2 sets of pajamas with me. You can bring more of course but this is usually all I pack.
I pack a few tank tops and t shirts and maybe one “fancy” top as well as an extra pair of denim shorts and usually a pair of capris. Most of the time I don’t even need these but I am a gal who would rather be overly prepared than under.
Now that I think we have covered most of the clothing, let’s get on to the medicine and toiletries.
Tip: Only carry one carry on on the plane ride there for you and hubs and have him pack an extra carry on for the ride back home to bring home your goodies if you plan to shop while there.
So to Break Down the Clothes needed:
- Light jacket or sweater
- Tennis shoes
- Flip Flops/ Sandals
- Water Shoes if needed
- Hats and Sunglasses
- Under Garments
- 3 swimsuits
- Cover ups for Dining
- Sun Dresses
- Pants for the guys and close toed shoes
- Button Up or collared shirts for the guys
- Shorts and capris
- A few tanks and tshirts
- Wedge heels if you choose
- Small amounts of jewelry if you choose
You Will Need Your Basics:
- Hair brush
- Body Wash
- Hair Gel/ Mousse/ Hair Spray (if you use it)
- Leave in Conditioner (you hair will get dry from the sun and chlorine and if you have bleach in your hair, this will keep if from turning green due to chlorine)
- Hair Ties
- Dental Floss
- Perfume/Body Spray
- Face Wash/Face Lotion
- Makeup wipes
- If you get your nails done for the trip, bring your nail polish, It will chip with all the water.
- The resorts usually have a hair drier in the room but you can check before you go.
- They also will have plenty of towels
- Pack a few ziplock bags to bring wet clothes home in!
- Don’t forget a beach bag. I usually use my carry on bag as my beach bag while there to save space.
I don’t bring my full “arsenal” of makeup. Mainly because it’s so hot and humid it tends to melt off your face and even with sunscreen I tend to burn a little. I usually just bring mascara, eyeliner, lipgloss and powder and a little blush.
Now Onto the Medical Stuff I Bring With Me:
- Band aids
- Nail Clippers
- Any Medicine you are currently taking
- Aloe Vera Gel for burns
- Dramamine if you get motion sickness
- Bug Spray
- LOTS OF SUNSCREEN – sunscreen on the resort is like $28 a bottle. Yes, you read that correct. It’s stupid. SO just bring a lot.
- For you ladies like me that don’t have a “thigh gap”… Monistat makes a chaffing cream. I bring that because with the water and humidity, my thighs like to think that a perfect time to try and start a fire. You can thank me later for this little tip.
- Phone and phone charger
- Camera if you want it. I always just use my camera phone.
- Laptop or tablets. I bring my Kindle and charger to watch movies on the plane.
- Ear buds for the plane
- Make sure your phone case is water proof. Trust me!
- Speaking of waterproof, they also make these super cool waterproof cases to hold your money and other small items that you can get at academy. We just take those when out at the pool or beach to keep everything dry!
- Most resorts will have Wi-fi but you can also check with the resort before leaving. Sometimes it is free and sometimes you have to pay for it.
- Most resorts have a room with computers that you can use while on the resort as well if you don’t want to pay for in room wi-fi.
- You’ll want to turn on roaming data while in Mexico
Let’s Cover Documents
- Drivers License
- Travel Documents like Ticket and Itinerary
- Insurance Cards
- Leave a copy of all of the above with someone here at home and also put a copy in your carry on and your checked luggage.
- Sounds morbid, but I also make sure my Will is updated and I leave a notarized letter with my in-laws who watch our daughter when we travel without her. It allows them to make medical decisions on our behalf in the event of an emergency.
- I bring plenty of cash for tipping and making cash purchases.
- Credit cards. I don’t bring but usually 2. You will need these when checking in at the hotel. It’s just their policy.
- Most places in Mexico take American Money so no need to exchange.
- You may want to notify your bank and credit card company you will be in Mexico so they don’t reject your charges!
Depending on how long you will be gone, you can put a stop on your mail and paper delivery if you don’t have someone to get these things for you while you’re gone. Nothing like advertising to the world you aren’t home!
If you have pets, you may have to call quite far in advance to the boarding facilities to make sure they will have room for your babies.
I usually download a few new movies on my kindle to take on the plane. I also pack whatever book I am reading and a few magazines for the pool.
In my carry on I will pack a few snacks for the plane ride. From where we live, the flight is only about 2 and half hours but the travel time is much more so snacks are a must for me! I also take an empty water bottle when going through the security check points and you can fill it up once inside the airport at the water fountains for free so you’re not paying a billion dollars for a bottle of water.
I think that about covers what I bring. Now keep in mind you don’t HAVE to take all these things or pack what I do, but I found these items to be what I usually need while there.
Is there anything you think I have left off this list of what to pack for your Mexico vacation?
Thanks so much for stopping by today!