We’re probably not the only people that get to the airport and realize that we forgot something we really wanted to bring. So we have the ultimate packing list for Mexico. It may be an iPhone charger or something simple like your favorite moisturizer that you may forget if you don’t have a checklist. No matter what you forget it sucks. Sounds familiar? It happens to us all the time, but we found a very simple solution to the problem: A packing list!
If it’s your first or 100th time going somewhere sunny and warm like Mexico then you know how nice a simple packing list can be. It takes 5 minutes and makes your life a whole lot easier when considering what to bring on your trip. So we thought we could make your life much easier and save you the hassle of trying to think what to bring by sharing our packing list for Mexico with you.
We’ll share a list of all the items we brought ourselves on our trip to Playa del Carmen in Mexico. This packing list contains all the standard things that every traveller will need while visiting Mexico and also accessories that are nice to have if you’re going for a longer trip.
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Packing list for Mexico: Accessories
#1 LifeStraw Water Bottle
If you haven’t heard about LifeStraw water bottles before, your life is about to change forever. Okay, maybe not forever, but it could definitely make it better. Life Straw water bottles are different than regular water bottles because they come with a built-in filter that will literally make any water drinkable.
On top of that, they are just so handy and eco friendly. Even though it might seem like it’s just a nice accessory to have we definitely recommend buying one to bring along wherever you go.
They aren’t too expensive and the cost of buying plastic water bottles adds up in no time + that’s really bad for the environment. It’s nice to know wherever you go you can fill up water and know that it’s drinkable (we drink Mexican tap water!). We’ve had ours for a while now and absolutely love them. They’re great for day trips, hiking, and trips abroad like Mexico!
#2 Reef Safe Sunscreen
I mean the least we can do is to prevent shitty chemicals from going into the ocean (aka all the cheap sunscreens we buy), right? So instead we can get a reef safe sunscreen. It’s totally worth spending a bit of extra money (and honestly it’s not much) on buying a sunscreen that won’t negatively impact the ocean’s ecosystem, reefs, and animals that live in the sea. #doitfortheturtles
It’s such a minor thing that makes the world of a difference – literally! So why not do our part and buy some eco-friendly sunscreen? Thankfully nowadays lots of beaches will actually have stands selling these but otherwise, you can buy it before you go to make sure you have some with you! We got these two for our Mexico trip and the smell of coconut is so good – and knowing that they won’t hurt the environment feels really great!
#3 Snorkeling Gear
Ok, one of the best parts of going somewhere warm like Mexico is to go in the ocean and swim with the fish and explore the deep blue ocean. So if you plan to go for a while it might be worth investing in your own snorkel gear.
You won’t have to worry about sharing with other people, and if you go enough times it’ll pay for itself (compared to renting gear). Plus you’ll be able to bring it on any future trips you go on. It does tend to take up a bit of room but the snorkel gear is totally worth it if you can make room for it.
#4 Water Shoes
Something so simple as water shoes can make your vacation that much better. An easy accessory to pack in your suitcase that will make your time at the beach a lot nice. You won’t have to get sand all over your day-to-day shoes and you will also have a lot more comfort at the beach and in the water with these!
One thing we’d highly recommend is bringing a cheap pair of sunglasses on your trip. You can get replicas of your favorite brands for dirt cheap online or in town before you go.
That way you won’t have that stress of damaging your nice pair (or having them stolen) while you’re at the beach or forgetting them while you’re on a tour. So make your life easy and buy a cheap pair before you go! =)
#6 Cordless Headphones
I just recently got cordless headphones and they’re absolute game changers. It might seem like a bit of a luxury but they’re so nice to have!
Especially if you’re lying at the beach listening to an audio book, podcast, or music you won’t have to worry about having your phone out in the sun overheating since you can put it in your day bag and not worry about the cords dangling everywhere.
#7 Waterproof Phone Case
Not everyone has an underwater camera, and nowadays phone cameras are so good, so why not just use yours under water? It’s a nice little accessory to have and to add to your packing list for Mexico. If you plan to swim with some fish and want to film them for some memories to look back on this is great to have!
And it’s definitely a much cheaper alternative than buying an underwater camera. There are tons of universal waterproof phone cases so you can just pick and choose which one you like best. They will most likely all work for your phone.
#8 Universal Adapter
If you travel often then this has probably saved you so many times. Mexico has the same outlets as North America, so if you’re not from there you won’t be able to plug in your gadgets without an adapter.
A universal is nice to have because that means that no matter where you go, you can use it. I (Jo) used to have 6 different adapters, and it just takes up a bit of space and things get lost. Now I have a universal one and I love it. This one specifically also has room for you to insert a USB cord so you can charge both your phone and laptop or camera or whatever at the same time! So easy 🙂
#9 Power Bank
If you’re planning on doing some day trips and spending a lot of time outdoors it’s nice to have a power bank in case your phone battery gets low or you need to recharge your camera.
It’s not fun if your phone dies and you have no clue on how to get back to your hotel or Airbnb. So it’s better to be prepared and have a power bank.
#10 Quick Dry Towel
No matter where you go it’s nice to pack light and not have to bring too much. Especially if you’re not planning on bringing luggage and only have a carry-on, a quick dry towel can be very handy. It takes up almost no space and is very useful.
#11 Dry Bag
It’s perfect if you’re like us and love going on fun adventures while you’re traveling where you may end up getting wet. We’ve been there before and luckily have had our day bag which ended up saving all our gadgets from getting water damage.
Packing list for Mexico: Necessary items
Important travel items
- Travel insurance
- Drivers license
- Visa or debit card
- Pesos (Get from your bank before you go)
- Phone, camera, and laptop chargers
Clothing & footwear
- Underwear (enough for 7-10 days)
- Sport and dress socks
- A few pairs of shorts
- Casual, dress, and sports shirts (few of each)
- 1-2 pairs of pants
- Pair of sandals
- Pair of sneakers
- Definitely a few bathing suits
- 1 sweater
Other things to bring
- Day bag
- Body lotions
- Other toiletries
With all of these items listed above, we’ve made a full packing list for you – ready to print and use while you’re packing! Fill out the form here and get it straight to your inbox!
This works as a packing list for Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and anywhere else that consists of sunny days, beaches, and the ocean! It’s all about being organized and making a list beforehand to make sure you’re not forgetting anything along the way. It also makes it easier to check things off as you go.
Creating a checklist for Mexico made it super easy to remember everything for us and it’s probably the first time we didn’t end up forgetting an iPhone charger and having to spend pointless money on a new one.
We hope this will help make your packing easier and maybe you can start with the things you have to bring and if you have some extra room you can maybe bring a few extra items. If not, you can always purchase some of the items along your travels. Some things also don’t hurt to buy used and then either leave or donate them once you leave your holiday.
We hope you enjoy your time in Mexico or any other sunny destination you’re heading off too. We are thrilled to be going to Playa del Carmen and can’t wait to share some awesome things to do there with you all!