What to Pack for Mexico – Cities to Beaches

What to Pack for Mexico – Cities to Beaches

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?

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  1. Thank you for this! I am from Australia and am off on a similar trip to this in 2 weeks, 13 days in Mexico, 8 in Cuba then 5 in Las Vegas. Great advice, your website has been so helpful thank you! I’ve been looking at tips for different climates, travel make up, shoes, everything!

    • Thanks Becki! It makes me happy to hear that you’ve found the website to be so helpful on all your trips. Woohoo! :-)

  2. this is PERFECT…thanks little gem

  3. WOW! Thank you so much, Alex, for this post. Your entire blog, and this post in particular, are exactly what I’ve been looking for. I am mentally packing for a month long trek in May from Isla Mujeres to Mexico City. The pieces you put together and the accessories you add are just incredible! Really glad I found you on Pinterest. Keep it up and thank you again.

    • Thanks Brenda I’m so happy you found this post helpful :-) have a phenomenal time! You have a wonderful journey ahead of you. Don’t miss the yummy food in downtown Cancun ;-)

  4. Hi ! I found your web really inspirational and helpful. I am traveling to Cancun, Mexico at the end of February for 8 days. Do you think I should go by “Playa de Carmen” list? I mean, is the weather the same?

  5. I’m heading to Mexico in 10 days! Thanks for the packing inspiration! PS> Your comment luv seems messed up

    • Thank you :-) I love Mexico – wish I was there again! Where are you going?

  6. Where is the tank top from?

    • Hi Lia It’s from Calypso (sold out now sorry) calypsostbarth.com/final-sale/clothing/shirts/sana-silk-lace-tank

  7. Where are these items from? I love the button-down shirt and that skirt is beautiful!

  8. Love this post and I actually visited all of these cities really recently! Wish I had seen this guide – love your style picks – and only two pairs of shoes Toms and gladiators, my favourites!

    • That’s awesome! Sounds like we’re on the same page with shoes ;-)

      Feel free to add your post in the comments with your travel style in Mexico! I’ll add it to the post if you’d like!

      Thanks for reading!

  9. Merida was a little dressier than I expected; I was very happy I had thrown a dress in my backpack because I wore it to dinner three of the four nights we were there. Very cute ensembles!

    • Thanks Laura! I loved Merida! The food was also one of my very favorite in Mexico.


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