Mexico is one of the biggest and most culturally rewarding countries in the world. When you plan what to pack for Mexico, be prepared for metropolitan cities and a delectable cuisine to colonial towns and picture perfect beaches. This country has it all.
Many travelers use either Mexico City or Cancun as their starting off point to discover Central America. In this sample itinerary, I show you how to choose interchangeable clothing to create travel outfits for each destination.
If you’re wondering what to pack for Mexico, it’s relatively easy to pack a simplistic travel wardrobe when traveling through the country. With the exception of San Cristobal in the south which gets extremely cold, overall the country has an idyllic climate making it easy to pack light for your trip. Check out this 8 Piece Travel Essentials Packing List!
I met Deanne Ballard, the ultimate Minimalista in Merida, traveling with just a day pack and four pieces of clothes! Depending on the time of year you visit Mexico, you may want to add a jacket and a cardigan to your bag for chilly nights. As always, make sure to check the weather forecast and know before you go!
What to Pack for Mexico
Mexico City to Cancun Style Guide: 6 Pieces = 6 Ways!
For those of you making this the highlight of your journey and you want to know what to pack for Mexico, here are six easy “Essentials” style travel outfits using six clothing items to take you on the loop from Mexico City to Cancun.
The stops on this Mexico itinerary include:
Mexico City – I call it the “London” of the South! Choose a pair of skinny jeans like my favorite pair from J Brand along with walking shoes like Toms and fit in with the local indie style. You’ll especially appreciate your casual shoes when exploring the incredible Aztec ruins of Teotihuacan.
Oaxaca – Famous for its unique eats: mole and crickets. The architecture is beautiful and the people are lovely. Take a day trip from Oaxaca to Hierve el Agua and enjoy the splendor of nature in all it’s glory. You’ll need some comfy clothes for this side trip along with walking shoes. Don’t forget your swimsuit!
Puerto Escondido – Surfer’s paradise. You can’t go wrong with a pair of laidback denim shorts and tee. I love these dressy flip flops you can wear on the beach or dress up with a maxi skirt.
Merida – Charming colonial town with unique Mayan cuisine. It’s a great location to act as a home base while you explore nearby towns and do day trips. Add these cute and comfortable travel flats to a feminine pretty look.
Chichen Itza – One of the 7 Wonders of the World. Dress casually in shorts, capris, or a dress but be prepared for two things: hot weather and lot of walking. Totally worth seeing along with the many other ruins. My favorite is Coba!
Playa del Carmen – Cosmopolitan beach paradise and a great place to end any trip! (only 40 min from Cancun). Follow this packing list for Mexico and you’ll have everything you need including travel outfits for your trip to the Riviera Maya.
What are your travel essentials when planning what to pack for Mexico?
Suggested Travel Sources:
- Lonely Planet Central America Budget Travel Guide
- Lonely Planet Mexico (Travel Guide)
- Learn the Secret to Packing Light in 60 Minutes
- Beach Vacation Packing List for Mexico
- Central America Packing List
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