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What to pack for your trip to Mexico?

Read all you need to know about what to pack for your trip to Mexico, tips and more, and get ready for your next adventure!

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If you are still not sure what to take in your suitcase to Mexico, you are in the right place. We know that each traveler has different needs and preferences; anyway, there are common aspects such as travel documents, international driving permits, travel insurance, prepaid eSIM, and other related issues that need to be prepared with anticipation.

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Essential things to take in your travel suitcase to Mexico

Here is the list of essential things that you must take in your suitcase to Mexico so that you do not miss any detail. Remember to leave some space in case you return with memories and souvenirs from your trip.

Documents to travel to Mexico

Travel requirements and documents depend on your nationality and the purpose of your trip. In tourist trips, in general, you must present your valid passport and fill out an immigration document that authorizes your entry and exit from the country for a maximum period of 180 days.

If you are a citizen of a member country of the Schengen area, the USA, Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom, you will not need a visa. For other countries, we recommend you check the requirements on the website of the embassy or the Mexican consular office in your country of origin or residence.

On the other hand, if you travel to Mexico for work, study, or work as a digital nomad, you must meet additional requirements and process other types of visas or special permits.

Travel insurance to Mexico

Travel insurance to Mexico will let you travel without worries. Depending on the insurance you choose, you will have different types of coverage in medical assistance, damage or loss of luggage, accidents, hospitalization expenses, death, travel delays, legal coverage, and other services.

We recommend you take out international insurance before embarking on your trip. Take into account the type of trip and the activities you plan to do, as this will determine the insurance and coverage you need.

Plane ticket

Remember that the plane ticket is also an entry requirement in many countries, as it guarantees or verifies the reason for your trip. Do not forget to print a copy or carry it on your cellphone and present it when necessary.

If you still don’t know which destination to choose, you can review our post on the 10 most important cities in Mexico to visit, or our travel guide for Mexico, where you will find a lot of inspiration to plan your next trip!

International driving license and permit

If you are thinking of renting a car in Mexico to get to know the country at your own pace and with a little more freedom, we recommend making your reservation with a specialized agency such as Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Sixt, Budget, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent a Car.

You can easily carry out this process on their website when you arrive at the airport or the office closest to your location. Remember that you must be over 25 years of age, have a valid driver’s license, apply for an international driving permit and have an international credit card with available funds and a limit for security reasons.

Internet connection for travelers in Mexico

Today, having internet in Mexico and any other international destination is a travel requirement. You can use the public Wi-Fi network of the airport, the hotel, or the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico, but you will not have a great quality of connection or security.

So, to have the best experience, we recommend you take a look at the Holafly eSIM for Mexico. Of course, there are other options such as prepaid SIM cards or pocket WiFi, but it all depends on your needs and travel budget.

Spending time looking for the best option will help you pick a great alternative and avoid activating the expensive international roaming service.

Advantages of the Holafly eSIM or virtual card

  • You don’t need a plastic card; you just need a device compatible with eSIM.
  • You have unlimited data and flexible rates to choose from.
  • Buy online, set up, and activate the eSIM on your own.
  • Immediate delivery of the eSIM by email.
  • You keep your WhatsApp number and SIM card.
  • You get coverage in the main cities and tourist destinations.
  • Access to the Holafly eSIM App, available for Android and iOS.
  • Top Up function for online recharges.
  • Access to super flexible refund policies.
  • 24/7 customer service and support.

Cash and credit card

Before traveling, we recommend you exchange euros for Mexican pesos so that you can buy a coffee or pay for a taxi with cash, without complications. There are different options such as exchange houses, located in the main airports of each country, and mobile banking applications.

The important thing is that you include it in the list of essential things for your trip to Mexico.

What clothes to pack in your travel suitcase to Mexico?

Preparing your travel suitcase, and especially your clothes, can be chaos because this is where you can take what you need, or include some items that are not 100% necessary and will make your suitcase weigh more than indicated.

To avoid this mistake, keep in mind the season of the year in which you plan to travel and the type of activities you are going to do. This way it will be much easier for you to identify what you need and not carry more than necessary.

Clothes that cannot be missing in your suitcase to Mexico

  • Light sweater: Made of a thin fabric, they help you at night when the weather can get colder.
  • Comfortable pants: Choose pants in light fabrics to support very hot days, it can be in linen or cotton to absorb sweat from your body.
  • Shorts: For afternoons on the beach, touring the city, for everything.
  • Swimsuit: Mexico is famous for its coasts, with beautiful waters and you probably thought about going to tan and have fun in the sea. Take at least two bathing suits because you will surely want to frequent these amazing places.
  • Warm clothes: It is not necessary that you take a lot, but it is important to cover yourself from the cold.
  • Sunglasses and hats: Wherever you go, you’ll need them.

Comfortable and versatile footwear

You are not going to Mexico to sit during your trip, so do not forget the appropriate footwear in your suitcase. It will depend on the place you go to, but the essentials are:

  • Sports shoes, tennis or sneakers: They match everything and they serve you for everything, sports shoes are never too much in your suitcase.
  • Flip-flops and sandals: Mexico is a summer country, think about taking some sandals that match everything and some flip-flops if you go to the beach.
  • Trekking shoes: If you plan to go hiking or another activity that requires it, take your trekking shoes. It’s not a good idea for them to be new, so you better pack the reliable ones you have at home.

Accessories to take in your suitcase to Mexico

Make room for a bag to store your toiletries and personal care products, a sewing kit, a first aid kit, and other items that can make your life easier.

Toiletry Bag and Sewing Kit

Toiletry and personal care products should always be protected with a waterproof toiletry bag. Remember that you can carry a maximum of 10 containers, each of 100 ml, in the plane cabin or travel suitcase, for the safety of the passengers.

The products that you can take in your suitcase to Mexico are:

  • Moisturizer, soap, and deodorant.
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush.
  • Daily protectors and sanitary pads.
  • Basic makeup kit (If you need it).
  • Sunscreen.

You may wonder what the sewing kit is for and the answer is very simple. There are times when a seam opens, a button falls off and if you are in a country you don’t know, it is better to have a needle and thread to be prepared.

First-aid kit to take in your suitcase to Mexico

The first-aid kit can be a great friend. There are inevitable things in your suitcase to Mexico and one of them is this one. Here are some of the things you should include:

  • Paracetamol: It is one of those inevitable medicines that is very useful so for fever or pain.
  • Antidiarrheals: In case of any stomach problem from eating a lot, here is the solution.
  • Anti-inflammatory: Ibuprofen is one of those drugs that work for everything o almost everything.
  • Omeprazole: For reflux or gastritis, take some omeprazole capsules with you, they can save the day.
  • Moisturizing lip bar: Whether due to the sun or the cold, the lipstick will help you avoid the uncomfortable dryness that can be generated.
  • Insect repellent: Due to the weather in Mexico, it may be normal to see some insects. To avoid any disease from its bites, carry a small bottle of repellent.
  • Sunscreen: To avoid getting burned alive by the sun, and have the famous Latin cinnamon skin, you should take a small sunscreen with you.

Airplane Rest kit

The trip from Spain to Mexico lasts approximately 10 hours and up. For this reason, it is advisable to take a rest kit that consists of a mask to cover your eyes, some ear plugs to isolate the noise of the plane, and a pillow to travel.

If you like to read you can take a physical or digital book, but remember that this second option will consume the battery of your cellphone and you will not be able to recharge it until you arrive at the airport.

What to pack in your cabin suitcase to go to Mexico

Travel suitcase for Mexico
Suitcase to travel to Mexico. Source: Pixabay

Travelers are not exempt from the loss of their hold suitcase. So, in your cabin suitcase try to carry:

  • Clothing: Two or three changes, some shorts, light long pants, underwear, and a bathing suit.
  • Footwear: You probably already have comfortable sneakers on, but don’t forget to pack an extra pair of shoes.
  • Basic makeup kit: In case you need it, imagine that you lose your suitcase, taking it with you is a relief if you use it daily.
  • Documents and money: Personal documents, reservations, travel guides, bank cards, and cash.
  • Electronics: Chargers, camera, laptop, and cellphone. They are essential items that you should not lose sight of.
  • Rest kit: The trip is not short and you are going to wear it.

Prepare your travel suitcase with a green seal

Take care of the environment while you travel and prepare your suitcase with a green seal:

  • Take your bottle with water, avoid buying them at airports and using them during your trip.
  • Bring a cloth bag for your purchases.
  • For your hygiene products, take your travel kit with small bottles.
  • Use ecological toothbrushes.
  • The documents you need have them on hand in digital versions.

If you still don’t know which backpack to choose, check our post so you know what types of luggage exist and what each one is for.

Frequent questions about what to pack for your trip to Mexico

What clothes should I take to Mexico according to the weather?

In spring wear clothes to cover you from the cold and heat; in the summer, wear light clothing, shorts, and t-shirts, but remember to protect yourself from the sun; in autumn, dry weather prevails, you can take cool clothes, but also to cover yourself from the rain; in winter, be prepared for the cold with warm clothes because the temperatures can be very low.

Is it better to take euros or Mexican pesos to Mexico?

If possible, take cash with you in the local currency of the country you are visiting. Before traveling we recommend you exchange a bit of Euros for Mexican pesos, being the official currency of this country. You can pay in euros in many places, but it will not be very convenient for you.

How many travel suitcases can I take to Mexico?

The number of suitcases depends on the means of transport you choose. If you are traveling by plane, check the airline’s baggage policies. If you plan to rent a car, the number of suitcases you can take depends on the type of vehicle you have reserved.