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What to Pack for Mexico: 30 Essentials

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 daypack for day trips and hikes. This one fits everything you’ll need and is made of a water-resistant material in case you encounter any showers.

What to Pack for Mexico: In-Flight Essentials

What to Pack for Mexico: Shoes

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What to Pack for Mexico: The Purse

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.

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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 cover up 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.

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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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By Ashley Rossi

Ashley Rossi is always ready for her next trip. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram for travel tips, destination ideas, and off the beaten path spots.

After interning at SmarterTravel, Ashley joined the team full time in 2015. She's lived on three continents, but still never knows where her next adventure will take her. She's always searching for upcoming destination hotspots, secluded retreats, and hidden gems to share with the world.

Ashley's stories have been featured online on USA Today, Business Insider, TripAdvisor, Huffington Post, Jetsetter, and Yahoo! Travel, as well as other publications.

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