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The Ultimate Mexico Packing List

This primer has everything you need for the best possible trip to Mexico.

Mexico has a lot to offer — in fact, it’s kind of the perfect country to spend a vacation no matter what kind of traveler you are. Looking to immerse yourself in delicious street food and fine art? Head to Mexico City. In search of a high-end beach town to bum around on the beach and indulge in cocktails? Book a resort in Cabo San Lucas. Prefer to spend your time hiking and camping in the wilderness? Barranca del Cobre it is.

Mexico is massive and, as such, there’s tons to keep you occupied (or foster a sense of relaxation) in all corners of the country. If you are planning a multi-destination trip through Mexico, though, you’ll want to pack carefully. With so much to do, you’ll need to ensure you have a little of everything required to make it from city to resort town and everywhere in between.

Packing Checklist for Mexico

This guide will help make sure you’ve packed everything you’ll need for a trip to Mexico, factoring in all kinds of activities and climates. Read on to get a grasp on everything you might not know you need for a fruitful and fun trip.

Find the full checklist written by Kaitlyn McInnis here.


September 27, 2023

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