Packing

When preparing for your trip to Mexico, keep in mind that you aren’t going there as a colonist but as a temporary visitor. Your interests and the length of your trip certainly influence what you’ll need, but in general it won’t require more than you’d take to visit the next state or to go camping in Yosemite.

Your clothes should be practical. When you drool mango juice over your white pants, you’ll wish they were a darker, camouflaging color. Flimsy clothing will fall to pieces if washed on rocks very often.

Churpa’s recommendations:

  • Even if you plan on spending your entire stay at the beach, consider bringing at least one nicer outfit. You will probably get invited to dinner or to a fiesta. Mexicans, especially in rural areas, tend to be very free with  invitations to weddings, christenings, and other important events.  These invitations are worth accepting. Although most people are tolerant of the sunburned tourist who shows up to the wedding in grimy jams and a malodorous tank top, I have experienced a few moments when I wanted to sink to through the floor. Mexicans believe in dressing up for special events, and it can feel embarrassingly disrespectful to be the only person in beachwear or hiking gear.

 

  • If you are traveling to a mosquito-prone area (almost everywhere on the coast), bring lightweight long-sleeved shirts and pants that you can slip into at sundown, when the bugs tend to be at their worst.

 

  • Batteries are expensive in Mexico. Bring extra.

 

  • Likewise sunscreen.

 

  • I always travel with a bag of coffee, as decent coffee is difficult to come by in remote areas.

 

  • For the same reason, I also always travel with a coffee cone and filters. Other friends prefer those travel mugs with the built-in French press. Even if you are staying in hotels, you can order a cup of hot water from the kitchen.