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25 Top Mexico Packing List Items for 2024 + What to Wear & NOT to bring

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Mexico is one of our favorite places in the world. Crystal blue beaches, lush jungles, bustling cities, and an ancient history that dates back thousands of years.

Whether you want to sip margaritas in Cancún, scale the snow-capped volcanoes of Puebla, or explore the 200+ Mayan ruins of Tulum – this destination offers the best of many worlds. Use this guide to avoid rookie mistakes, stay safe, and pack the top 24 must-haves. We also share what to wear in Mexico, what NOT to bring, and common FAQs.

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What to Pack for Mexico – 25 Essentials

  • 1. Neck Wallet

    Unfortunately, Mexican pickpockets love targeting unsuspecting tourists. This easily concealable little neck wallet will keep all your valuables safe, including your passport, smartphone, credit cards, cash, I.D., and travel documents. It also comes with RFID-blocking material so e-thieves can’t steal your info from a distance by scanning your bag. It’s perfect for hot spots like public transit, airports, and popular attractions where thieves tend to work in groups to target tourists.

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  • 2. Universal Waterproof Phone Case

    One of the many charms of Mexico is the hundreds of stunning beaches to choose from. Between swimming, snorkeling, boating, jet skiing, and water sports, you will need a reliable waterproof phone case to protect your lifeline. This one is also sand-resistant and prevents sand granules from scratching your camera lenses. It works at a depth of 100 feet and takes killer underwater photos (plus, videos with sound!) It was designed in Hawaii (by a rad woman-owned company) so you know it was built to survive life by the water!

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  • 3. Virtual Private Network (VPN)

    Mexico is ongoingly ranked among the most targeted Latin American countries for cybercrime, according to the Mexican Cybersecurity Association (AMECI). In the first half of 2022 alone, there were a whopping 85 million attempts!

    Many people do not realize that they are risking their private data (like passwords and credit card numbers) every time they join a public Wi-Fi network at an airport, restaurant, vacation rental, or hotel. I learned this first-hand at an Airbnb where my credit card number was stolen after using (what I thought was) a safe connection.

    With a quality VPN like NordVPN, you can safeguard your sensitive data on all devices with just one click – even when you need to join a sketchy network in a random cantina or coffee shop. It’s an affordable way to encrypt your personal info, protect your identity, and visit your favorite websites that may be censored in that country (common ones they block are Netflix, Paypal, and YouTube).

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  • 4. Quick-Dry Travel Towel

    Why lug around bulky, fluffy towels when you could use this compact and lightweight travel towel? It’s the ideal size for the beach or pool and dries 10x faster than cotton, keeping you on the move while preventing mold build-up in your daypack. It also comes in handy as a picnic blanket while exploring Mexico’s ancient sites and has saved us when caught in an unexpected downpour! I love how I can wash and dry it for the next day’s adventure.

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  • 5. High-Quality Filtered Water Bottle

    Getting food poisoning from consuming bad food or water in Mexico is fairly common. If you venture outside of the resorts or anywhere where there isn’t safe drinking water available, you’ll need a quality water filter. The most likely way to ruin your vacation is drinking unsanitary water, so a top-of-the-line water purifier is a must. Compared to every brand we’ve tried, this one offers superior protection. It’s a bit pricey but totally worth it since it removes ALL viruses, bacteria, lead, arsenic, microplastics, dirt, E. Coli, hepatitis, and more. Are those things you want to take a chance with?

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  • 6. Travel Insurance for Mexico

    Many would say – if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel, and Mexico is not a country where you want to gamble with your coverage. In most cases, your domestic insurance provider does not cover you in foreign countries (including Medicare and Medicaid). Our friend had $4,000 in medical bills when he broke both his wrists falling from a bike in Mexico; thankfully, this was completely covered by travel insurance, and he was able to focus on the more important task of getting well.

    We recommend Faye because they are unlike any provider we’ve come across. They cover you against everyday issues like baggage loss, flight cancellations, theft, medical emergencies, and offer the ability to “cancel for any reason.” I made a claim through their app and was quickly forwarded the funds so I could have it in the thick of the situation rather than waiting months, filling out paperwork, and pleading for it, as with most providers. Faye is seriously #InsuranceGOALS!

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  • 7. Luggage Straps

    No more buckle-breaking! If you’ve ever experienced a suitcase fall apart on you in the middle of a trip – or had your checked bag damaged by an airline handler – you know the struggle. Given the rough nature of transit, it’s wise to reinforce your belongings with these heavy-duty, adjustable luggage straps.

    You can cross them horizontally, vertically, or doubled-up to ensure all your bags reach their destination without popping open (even if you did a little shopping along the way!) We love that they can withstand 700+ lbs of forcible tension, and you can choose from a variety of colors that make your suitcase stand out at the baggage claim carousel.

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  • 8. Affordable Underwater Camera

    Unless you are heading to Mexico for a professional photography trip, I don’t recommend hauling around your giant SLR, mostly because you won’t want it to get damaged or stolen and it’s just too bulky. This little camera takes fantastic 4K videos (and photos) both underwater and on dry land (it’s the ultimate alternative to a more expensive GoPro). Perfect for snorkeling, jumping off boats/cliffs, and just about any other activity you may pursue in Mexico.

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  • 9. Packing Cubes

    How to transform your travels and elevate your entire experience? Two words: packing cubes. As an innovation that has gone under the radar for far too long, these organizers are a serious game-changer that we never travel without. Instead of losing things the entire trip, we set ourselves up for success by labeling each cube (tops, pants, toiletries, essentials, etc.) This makes everything run more smoothly and unpacking takes 30-seconds flat since you just move the cubes from your luggage to the drawers at the hotel. I have a slight love affair with the bonus laundry bags that help me keep dirty and clean clothes separate!

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  • 10. Hanging Toiletry Bag

    You can’t rely on your hotel to provide tons of storage space or countertops – so use this hanging toiletry bag to stay organized when far from home! Not only does this make your toiletries way easier to view at a glance, but you don’t even have to unpack everything or create utter chaos across your suite. No more serums sitting in front of the TV or dealing with messy countertops, cupboards, and drawers! Everything is displayed at eye level which is perfect for when you’re in a hurry and want to begin your adventures in Mexico.

    This shelf-like system hangs anywhere (on a door, hook, shower rod, towel pole, etc.) and it has 7 total pockets, 4 larger ones with elastic bands that hold your bottles and makeup brushes in place, plus 3 external ones for items you need easy access to. Just get it, I promise you will be obsessed!

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  • 11. Windproof Travel Umbrella

    Many parts of Mexico experience regular torrential downpours, including popular tourist areas like Cancún (even in the dry season). So if you’re planning to do outdoor activities, it’s a good idea to bring a travel umbrella so that you can still enjoy yourself without getting fully soaked. This one is also windproof and comes with a lifetime replacement guarantee.

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  • 12. Discounted Tickets to Mexico Attractions

    Don’t waste precious time in paradise waiting in long lines or getting turned away from attractions that are all booked up.

    Plan in advance with discounted and skip-the-line tickets. In a single day, you can swim in a lagoon-like cenote, feast to your heart’s content, explore the most visited Mayan ruin, Chichén Itzá, or walk through Frida Kahlo’s original family home in Mexico City.

    Get Your Guide is our favorite resource because you can create personalized itineraries and discover the best experiences in Mexico. It’s easy to compare verified reviewers so you don’t wind up in a disappointing attraction.

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  • 13. Cooling Towel Set

    Beat the heat with these magical towels that cool down to 20-30 degrees below the ambient temperature. They are one of our favorite discoveries and we bring them to any hot destination, beach days, hiking adventures, and more! Simply add water, wring it out, and indulge in the instant cooling relief. I wear mine around my neck, draped over my shoulders, and it can double as a headband. It may sound like a superfluous item, but when you’re melting in the balmy Mexican rainforest or waiting in long lines for ruins, tacos, or excursions – you will be begging for anything that is cold to the touch!

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  • 14. Charcoal (Food Poisoning Remedy)

    Even if you take precautions with the food and water, you can end up with the dreaded Montezuma’s revenge because food poisoning is not uncommon in Mexico. Always keep some charcoal detox tablets on hand before it becomes a problem. Charcoal will draw out toxins like a magnet and absorb troublesome pathogens to stop diarrhea and vomiting and keep you strong. Consult your doctor of course but we’ve been saved by these during countless trips to foreign countries.

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  • 15. Mosquito-Repelling Wristbands

    Mosquito-borne illnesses (such as Dengue Fever or Malaria) are still a problem in Mexico. You’ll want to protect yourself against bites because these blood-suckers can descend in swarms! Pack some of these deet-free wristbands (that are made with essential oils like citronella, lemongrass, and geraniol), plus some insect spray for good measure. Be especially vigilant about applying it if you’re going hiking in the jungle and around dawn/dusk.

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  • 16. Rash Guard Swim Top

    The Mexican sun can be absolutely brutal. If you don’t want to look like an oversized tomato and be in agony during your trip, then you need a long-sleeved rash guard for those gorgeous beach days in the sun. Generously reapplying sunscreen is not enough to defend your skin when residing in such proximity to the equator (where the UV rays are most powerful). This swim top is both stylish and guarantees sun protection for your skin.

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  • 17. Mesh Slip-On Water Shoes

    Hiking in Mexico can be epic, especially to places like Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve, but to handle the rain and mud, you’ll need shoes that are waterproof and slip-resistant. It might be tempting to skip hiking shoes to save space in your bag, but having super lightweight water-friendly shoes will make your hikes much more comfortable and enjoyable. Typical hiking shoes will be too heavy and make your feet soggy, so aim for something breathable instead.

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  • 18. Swimsuit Cover-Up

    Although it is fine to wear your bikini at a Mexican beach or around your resort, it’s not the best idea to stroll around away from the beaches, at the markets, or at the store without some modesty. A good swimsuit cover-up is a clever solution and this one is super-sexy! With a tunic-like design, it will easily dress up your look so you can walk from sand to lunch without a second thought.

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  • 19. Leave-in Hair Conditioner

    No doubt you’ll be spending plenty of time on the beautiful beaches of Mexico. But too much sun and salt water will wreak havoc on your hair. The solution is to use this leave-in conditioner which will fortify your hair against the elements and prevent it from drying out too much. Simply apply it at the end of your beach day to prevent split ends and hair breakage.


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  • 20. Day Pack

    A quality daypack is a must if you’re going to go on any day trips or hiking excursions in Mexico. A lightweight daypack like this one from Venture Pal is a picturesque blend of quality, practicality, and affordability. It’s ideal for carrying all of your essentials, such as your phone, travel towel, rain jacket, snacks, and water. We’ve been really blown away by this product because we’ve paid 3x the price for other daypacks and they’ve been less durable – it’s a true find.

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  • 21. Luggage Locks

    The reality is, items can get stolen from a checked bag when traveling internationally and many parts of Mexico are prone to pickpocketing. Use these TSA-approved locks on your backpack, carry-on, and checked luggage to be extra safe. They are 10x harder to crack than a typical 3-digit lock and will offer genuine peace of mind.

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  • 22. Waterproof Dry Bag

    Between beachgoing, cenote swimming, and hiking through drizzly rainforests – one of your main priorities in Mexico will be keeping dry. This waterproof bag is our go-to for protecting our essentials on land as well as days at sea. Even if you accidentally drop the bag in the water, your cherished goods will stay dry. This one from Earth Pak is affordable, high-quality, and super-easy to clean. We’ve taken ours on tubing trips down the river and everything comes out as dry as we left it!

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  • 23. Lipstick-Sized Charger

    Imagine yourself stranded in the middle of the jungle without any phone battery left… Imagine you need to call a cab and you’re lost in downtown Mexico City… Imagine you need a translator app to negotiate with the local vendor and get a legit deal on the new espadrilles shoes you’re purchasing – you will need a well-charged device!

    This lipstick-sized charger is our favorite because it’s petite, efficient, and can charge multiple devices in one day. Throw it in your purse or daypack next to your electronics and let it take care of the rest. It’s been a lifesaver to us on more than one occasion and we will never travel without it.

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  • 24. Beach Bag

    Whether you’re poolside at a luxury resort or soaking up the sun at one of the amazing local beaches, you will definitely want a beach bag. This one is lightweight and folds up to take virtually zero space in your main luggage, but it’s plenty big enough to hold a towel, snacks, and other beach necessities. It also includes a cooler for drinks etc. and is sand-resistant. Cute and super-easy to clean too!

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  • 25. Hangover Prevention (Natural)

    A few too many margaritas and piña coladas in the sun can leave you feeling shriveled up like a dried plantain. Avoid the headache and drink on your own terms with these hangover-prevention supplements by Toniq. They are next-morning support with no-nonsense ingredients, supporting your liver with milk thistle flower so you can quickly detox the alcohol and get back to livin’ la vida loca, baby!

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What to Wear in Mexico

It surprises many people to learn that Mexico has a fairly conservative culture, especially where revealing or overly casual clothing is concerned. No, you don’t need to dress up a lot, but you should try to look put-together unless you’re going to a super low-key place like the beach or the pool.

When it rains in Mexico, it rains hard, so plan for sudden downpours by ensuring you have the proper rain gear available to you at all times. It’s also good to note that many establishments in Mexico really overdo it on the air conditioning – you’ll seldom be very cold outside unless you’re inland in the winter, but you may feel quite a chill indoors. Bring a cardigan or a shawl to help with these situations.

What should WOMEN wear in Mexico? – (Click to expand)
Below is a sample women’s clothing list. (All items link to for your convenience).

While what you wear will vary depending on the region of Mexico that you visit, a good rule of thumb is to wear something comfortable, composed, and not too revealing. Though, in beach destinations, you can get away with wearing revealing clothing. A springtime wardrobe works well in nearly every destination (apart from beaches where it’s always warm), as it tends to be hot during the day and cool in the evening. Mexican women tend to wear tea-length, or full-length dresses, or pants and blouses, along with makeup, jewelry, and often high heels.

Visiting women will feel most comfortable in pants and a blouse, or a dress. Always bring a cardigan or light jacket in case the temperature dips, or you end up in an air-conditioned building. Many cities in Mexico have cobblestone streets, so skip the high heels unless you’re heading to a nightclub. Sneakers or walking shoes are the best footwear for the city, as the streets can be dirty or dusty. Sandals are just fine in beach towns.

What should MEN wear in Mexico? – (Click to expand)
Below is a sample men’s clothing list. (All items link to for your convenience).

Men in Mexico typically look put-together, in jeans, a button-down shirt, and polished shoes, or sneakers. Visiting men should go for outfits consisting of jeans or chinos, a button-down, or a stylish t-shirt. Bring a sweater or light jacket for high-altitude destinations where it may be chilly at night. Sneakers or running shoes are the most practical for navigating cobblestone streets and uneven sidewalks, while sandals will be easy to slip on and off in beach destinations. Ball caps or straw hats will help keep the sun off of your face but avoid the kitschy sombreros you find in souvenir shops.

Packing for the Seasons in Mexico

There are two primary seasons in Mexico – the rainy season and the dry season. You’ll find that temperatures are similar year-round apart from occasional coolness in the winter months, but that precipitation and wind can change drastically between the two seasons.

RAINY SEASON – May, June, July, August, September, part of October

This is the warmer half of the year in Mexico, but not exactly“wet” season – while the rains in Mexico are mainly concentrated during these months, it’s still quite dry in many parts of the country and the water is soaked up very quickly. Visiting during the rainy season can be quite delightful. Plants bloom and colors pop, and the rains usually are sporadic in the afternoon, offering a beautiful rainbow and romantic ambiance without interfering too much with your exploring. That said, Mexico does have a hurricane season from June to November, so be sure to check travel advisories and weather forecasts before you go.

Obviously you’ll want a good, breathable rain jacket that will allow heat and moisture to escape while still keeping the rain out, and you should absolutely carry a travel umbrella with you as well. For clothing, focus on breathable, quick-dry fabrics.

Airy tops, sundresses, fun shorts, and active-wear fabrics will suit you well. A swimsuit and a cute cover-up that you can throw on over your suit are perfect for beach and pool time. I also highly recommend bringing an eco-friendly sunscreen. Temperatures average between 70°F to 85°F (21°C to 29°C), sometimes up to 95°F (21°C) depending on the region.

DRY SEASON – October, November, December, January, February, March, April

Remember, Mexico is largely covered by desert or arid temperate plains. There are absolutely lush, rainforest areas, but much of Mexico is dry with seasonal rains. When traveling in this diverse climate, sun protection and skin hydration are crucial. You lose a lot of your hydration through sun exposure and sweating, and you’ll want to minimize that when possible. Also, the sun in Mexico is incredibly strong even when it’s cold – almost everyone I know who has gone to Mexico suffered at least one sunburn while visiting.

A quality sun hat, sports sunglasses with a high UPF factor, and good layers to protect your skin from overexposure are 100% vital, and can still be fashionable if that’s your concern.

Linen pants and shirts, plus a good pair of nicer-looking jeans will get you far. High-comfort walking flats will keep your feet cozy and cute, and flip-flops will be handy to have as well, just in case.

Remember that hiking in any kind of sandal is not a good idea – bring enclosed hiking shoes if that’s an activity you plan to do. Most areas don’t get too cold – a light jacket will be plenty. However, some areas inland can get very chilly and may even cause you to want a scarf and a pair of gloves at times. Temperatures average between 50°F to 65°F (10°C to 18°C) but can get down to 45°F (7°C) depending on the region.

An important note about regional differences – (Click to expand)
Mexico is much larger than most first-time visitors anticipate, and it spans several altitude and latitude zones. Parts of Mexico are at a higher elevation with dry desert mountains, others have lush wildlife and rolling hills.

While resort towns like Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Tulum, and Playa Del Carmen boast gorgeous beaches, most of the Northern area of Mexico is actually desert. Some of the less populated areas of Baja California Norte and Sonora comprise the largest portion of the Sonoran Desert, and just East of that is the Chihuahuan Desert, Both of which look desolate and in need of a cowboy, (tumbleweeds come included).

The most important bit of research you do for your trip will be to do a quick check of the local weather forecast for the week leading up to, the week of, and the week following your trip, so you can plan accordingly.

How to dress for the activity in Mexico – (Click to expand)
Archaeological sites – When visiting one of Mexico’s many archaeological sites, it’s important to wear comfortable footwear, as you are sure to do plenty of walking. Sneakers or running shoes will cushion your feet as you climb the pyramids at Teotihuacán or explore the jungle in Palenque. Lightweight, breathable fabrics or even exercise attire are your best bet for staying comfortable in the heat. Be sure to bring a hat for extra sun protection.

Museums – Casual clothing is perfectly acceptable for visiting museums in Mexico. Keep in mind that spending an extended period of time walking on a concrete or tile floor is tiring for your feet. Wear cushioned walking shoes or runners. Museums tend to be air-conditioned, so a sweater or light jacket will keep you comfortable as you soak up Mexican history.

Beach/Pool – Standard beach attire, shorts, a sundress, and a swimsuit are excellent for beaches or pools in Mexico. Polarized sunglasses and a hat go a long way in protecting you from the sun. A tote bag or backpack comes in handy for carrying reading material, extra sunscreen, and water.

Around town – The traditional uniform of jeans and a stylish top is quintessential for exploring Mexican cities. The streets and sidewalks are often made from cobblestones or dirt and are typically uneven, so it’s best to wear comfortable shoes. In crowded cities, crossbody purses are best for women; carry them in front of your body to deter pickpockets.

Visiting Markets – Mexico’s lively and vibrant markets are a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Plan for crowds and avoid wearing open-toe shoes. Women should carry small purses or an anti-theft neck wallet as pickpocketing is more likely to occur in crowded locations. If you bring a backpack to port your goods home, consider wearing it on your front so you can monitor the zippers.

What NOT to Take to Mexico

  • 1.DON’T BRING unnecessary electronics

    You do not want to be burdened with too many electronics on your trip to Mexico. Most people head to Mexico to relax. I’d recommend leaving anything you can survive without at home and share your memories once you’ve returned.

  • 2.DON’T TAKE large amounts of cash

    Gone are the days when you had to carry around large amounts of cash in Mexico. Many places accept credit cards and there are ATMs in most of the areas you will need them. Petty theft can still be a problem, so try to just carry what you will need for the day.

  • 3.DON’T PACK too many warm clothes

    While it’s worth taking at least one warm outfit with you, any more is overkill. Pack for heat and maybe wet, but not too much for cold. You resort should have laundry service so you can re-wear most outfits.

  • 4.DON’T BRING fruits

    Many types of fruits are illegal to bring into Mexico. If you are a snack packer, make sure to leave fruits at home or you could face a large fine from customs.

  • 5.DON’T TAKE heavy books

    While you may want a book or two to read at the beach if you have not made the move to an e-reader, books can easily become more of a pain to carry around than they are worth. Think about how long you are going for and how much you will read.

  • 6.DON’T PACK valuables

    In an unfamiliar country, you do not want to worry about losing your valuable possessions. Ensure their security by only taking what you need and keeping valuables as concealed as possible

  • 7.DON’T BRING expensive jewelry

    Do not want to draw attention to yourself as an easy target for thieves. Leave any expensive jewelry at home. Same with anything sentimental or items you cannot easily replace on travel insurance.

  • 8.DON’T TAKE everyday supermarket items

    Mexico has an abundance of bodegas and supermarkets. Don’t worry too much about everyday items; you will be able to pick them up when you are there.

What NOT to wear in Mexico – (Click to expand)
As nicely as most locals like to dress and present themselves in Mexico, you will find it’s hard to misstep with fashion here. Certainly, as with any travel, you should avoid wearing anything that paints you as a hapless tourist (think: fanny packs, American flag t-shirts, super white sneakers, souvenir sombreros, etc), also you should try to dress respectfully. Avoid anything too heavy or not quick-drying since those items will only make you uncomfortable and take away from your enjoyment of your trip. Opt for breathable linens and moisture-wicking fabrics instead. Try to keep super casual clothing for the beach and poolside areas, while taking the opportunity to dress up a little for gourmet dinners, exotic nightlife, and dancing the night away.

FAQs and tips for traveling to and around Mexico

  • 1. Is the tap water drinkable?

    Is the tap water drinkable?

    No, as a general rule, tap water in Mexico is not drinkable. It’s advisable to stick to bottled water that is inexpensive at supermarkets and local shops. The same goes for restaurants, if you want water you will have to purchase bottled water. Always ask if the ice is safe to drink, and if you are unsure, just go for bottles. Or, as mentioned above, check out a bottle with a built-in filter or a compact LifeStraw. It will save you a lot of money as the cost of bottled water can add up quickly.

  • 2. Will the locals speak English?

    In touristic areas and resorts, you are more likely to find English speakers; However, not everyone you encounter will speak English. It’s worth keeping a notepad and your guidebook with you and your hotel’s business card to give to the taxi driver, so they know where you are going. Basic knowledge of Spanish will put you at an advantage, but if it comes to it, there is usually someone around who can help out. Be sure to keep your phone well-charged to access Google Translator App, should you need it to communicate with a local.

  • 3. What are some good Mexican movies to watch before my trip?

    We have compiled a list of the best Mexican movies of all time which will give you plenty of exceptional options. The curated list has over a dozen top movies set in Mexico so you can gain a sense of the ambiance, culture, and get amped about your trip. This list has gangster, horror, romance, comedy, and more. Truthfully, enjoying a good Mexican film with English subtitles is one of the fastest ways to learn the Spanish language and to get the Mexican vibe going!

  • 4. How much do I need to tip in Cancun and other tourist areas of Mexico?

    How much do I need to tip in Cancun and other tourist areas of Mexico?

    In Cancun and throughout Mexico, tipping customs are similar to those in the U.S. A 15% tip is adequate for good service in a restaurant. However, it is often already included in the bill under “propina;” be careful to look for that if you do not wish to tip twice.

    People packing bags in supermarkets do not get a wage, so it’s customary to tip them a few pesos. Other service providers, such as tour guides and shuttle drivers should be tipped as you see fit. Musicians will often have a tip jar on stage or passed around, so don’t forget to throw in a little support if you are enjoying their music.

  • 5. Is it safe to go to Mexico?

    The majority of popular Mexican vacation destinations, including Cancun, are, by and large, safe for tourists to visit. However, some Mexican states are simply not safe for tourists. The U.S. State Department has a great resource that provides travel tips and precautions specifically for Mexico. Caution should be taken when leaving tourist areas, especially at night.

  • 6. What money should I take to Mexico? Can I use U.S. dollars?

    What money should I take to Mexico? Can I use U.S. dollars?

    As a rule, you should try to use only Mexican pesos. The exchange rate is in a constant state of flux, but in general, 30 to 80 pesos equals three to 5 U.S. dollars. This amount will buy you a nice meal at an average restaurant. Many places may advertise in USD or state that they accept American dollars, but it is unlikely you’ll receive a favorable rate. Double-check your bill for automatic gratuity or additional fees to ensure you’re not being overcharged.

  • 7. How much money can you take with you to Mexico?

    There is little advantage to taking large amounts of U.S. dollars with you to Mexico; ATMs are common and almost always work with international cards. Travelers must declare amounts of money exceeding $10,000 USD. There are no duties or taxes to be paid, but it must be declared with a Customs Declaration form.

  • 8. What is the best way to get around?

    For the budget-conscious with a sense of adventure, the local buses are usually a good option. Try to keep some loose change and research which bus routesyou need to take beforehand. The intercity buses are much easier and can be booked online or at local bus stations or ticket agents.

    Taxis can be inexpensive for short journeys. Always agree on a fare or insist on using the meter if it has one. If you don’t speak Spanish, it’s usually easier to get a taxi from a rank as there will usually be an English speaker around. If you are leaving your hotel, ask the reception to call you a taxi as they will know a safe, reliable firm.

    For larger distances, it’s often easier to fly. Mexico has an extensive network of domestic flight routes.

  • 9. Can I drive while in Mexico?

    Can I drive while in Mexico?

    Yes. Carry your license at all times when driving in Mexico. Local liability insurance is necessary and should be included in any rental car agreement. The US or foreign auto insurance will not cover you in Mexico.

    Take care when driving through towns for pedestrians and animals. Road markings are not as visible after dark and lighting is minimal, so do not plan on driving far if you are not confident. If someone starts flashing their lights at you, they want to overtake. Slow down at police huts; they will usually wave you through, but may have a couple of questions. Watch out for topes, Mexico’s evil speed, and barely visible bumps; learn what they look like, they are not always signposted.

  • 10. Where should I go in Mexico with kids?

    If you want to pick a destination in Mexico for the most family fun for people of all ages, consider these locations:

    • Riviera Maya
    • Mexico City and Chapultepec Park
    • Merida
    • Puerto Vallarta
    • Oaxaca
    • Huatulco
  • 11. Do I need vaccinations for Mexico travel?

    Currently, there are specific vaccinations required to go to Mexico, but it’s highly recommended that you make sure you’ve been vaccinated against Hepatitis A and Typhoid.

    According to the U.S. Embassy & Consulates of Mexico, you do not need to provide a negative result of a COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination to enter. Check all requirements before traveling and follow-up that your routine immunizations are up-to-date, such as tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis and measles-mumps-rubella.

  • 12. Can I get into Mexico without a passport?

    If you’re flying to Mexico, you’ll need either a passport, a U.S. passport card, an Enhanced Driver’s License, or a Trusted Traveler Program card. Confirm the requirements for your given method of transportation (land or sea), as it may impact your verification requirements. You’ll also need to get a Mexico Tourist Card upon arrival.