How to Pack for a Music Festival in Mexico
Packing for a vacation is always tough. Add in a music festival, and it can be downright daunting! How can you balance your suitcase with enough fun outfits for the festival, but still leave room for “regular” attire for when you aren’t at the resort? Does it matter what size suitcase I bring? Do I even need shoes if I’m dancing in the sand all day? If you’re sure how to pack for a music festival in Mexico, don’t worry!
We have put together some essential packing tips for a music festival in Mexico, so you can be sure you are fully prepared!
I can not say this enough. Pack light. Pack light. PACK LIGHT! One small suitcase and one backpack should give you plenty of space for everything you need for a music festival in Mexico. Take it from someone who packs a costume for every night of the music festival – and who brings lots of fun gifts to give away to festival friends! You can still manage to downsize everything to fit into carry-on luggage. Planning on renting a car or jumping on a bus to get around the Yucatan? You want to minimize your luggage to make traveling easy and safe.
Kelly used a bag similar to THIS ONE to get through a 9-week trip in SouthEast Asia. It’s lightweight, comfortable and can hold way more than you would think!
Dress for the weather
It will be hot. It will rain. It will get cool at night. The weather at a music festival in Mexico seems to always be unpredictable. Always pack lightweight clothes that you can layer. Bring a lightweight rain jacket (and make sure it is waterproof – not water resistant). The lighter the clothes, the more you can pack in your small suitcase!
Protect Your Skin
Nothing ruins a music festival in Mexico faster than a sunburn! I know the air-conditioned rooms and comfy beds at your resort are quite lovely, but I have no intention of hanging in them all day long trying to recover from sun-poisoning.
Dress to Protect: Bring thin long-sleeved shirts and swimsuit cover-ups. If you get too much sun, you’ll want to have an extra layer between you and that sun so you can still enjoy the music festival!
(Mon·te·zu·ma’s Revenge: noun informal: diarrhea suffered by travelers, especially visitors to Mexico)
Not a lie. This is the exact definition. Although not everybody suffers stomach issues while traveling through Mexico, it is better to be safe than sorry. Bring whatever stomach-aides you find works best for you, so you don’t miss a beat of your music festival!
We start preparing BEFORE our trip to Mexico. We begin taking probiotics and grapefruit seed extract drops weeks before the music festival begins, and continue them throughout our stay in Mexico. TIP: Mix the grapefruit seed extract in orange juice to mask the taste. This sh** is a game changer.
This video is a great way to learn how to deal with getting sick in another country. Disclaimer: This may not work in Mexico.
Use common sense. Even if you go to a music festival in the USA, your stomach may get sick from just eating different foods and drinking different water. It’s no different if you are a music festival in Mexico. Wash your hands. Don’t eat food that looks questionable – like room temperature sushi, for example. Just be smart, and you should be fine!
Don't forget the Fun Stuff!
All seriousness aside, let’s focus on the fun stuff! After all, you are going to a music FESTIVALLLLLL in Mexico!
Costumes for the theme night(s): It seems like every festival in Mexico has at least one official theme night, so be sure to check out their websites for details. There may be other unofficial theme nights happening too, so be sure to check out the festivals’ Facebook Groups to get in on the action. Who doesn’t love this Unicorn Onesie?
Flotation Devices: If you have space, bring a float for the pool and ocean! It is crazy to see how many different shapes and sizes people bring every year, and it certainly makes poolside sets more fun during the day! I’d love to see THIS ONE show up!
Make yourself – and your room – more festy! Why not bring some things to spruce up your balcony and room? If you have a little extra space, throw in a string of lights and tinsel! For goodness sake, you’re at a music festival in Mexico!