What to Pack for Mexico in June

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November 29, 2023
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Preparing for your June trip to Mexico? To make sure you have a fantastic time exploring this incredible country, let's discuss what you should pack for your upcoming journey. We've put together a helpful guide to make the process super easy for you.

In this article, we'll cover weather and activities in various regions to help you pack just right. Ready to dive into Mexico's beauty? Let's get packing!

The Art of Packing

Packing for a trip to Mexico in June is like creating a balancing act between what's practical and what looks good. You need to think about the weather, what you'll be doing, and where you'll go.

Remember, Mexico's weather can be quite different depending on where you are going. So, make sure to pack clothes and stuff that match each place you'll visit.

Discovering mexico's diverse regions

Mexico is a diverse country with different types of places to visit. Each region has its own weather and charm, so you need to pack accordingly. 

If you're going to the beachy places like Cancun, pack for warm weather and bring your swimsuit. In cities like Mexico City, where it's not too hot or cold, pack clothes that can handle occasional rain. In the desert areas up north, like Baja California, it's super hot during the day but gets cooler at night, so bring light clothes for the day and something warmer for the evenings. 

Down south in places like Oaxaca, it's hot during the day and cooler in the mountains, so pack a mix of clothes. And in the Yucatan Peninsula, like Tulum, it's really humid and warm, so pack light and breathable clothes. Remember, packing for the weather will help you have a great time in Mexico!

Read our seasonal guide to learn more about what items you will need to pack during Summer time in Mexico.

Packing Essentials for All Regions

Lightweight clothing and breathable fabrics

When you're getting ready for your trip to Mexico in June, remember to pack light and comfy clothes. Mexico gets really hot during the summer, so avoid heavy or tight clothes that'll make you feel too hot. 

Choose loose clothes that let air flow and help with sweat. Go for materials like cotton, linen, and light synthetic fabrics such as rayon or polyester. Pack a mix of short-sleeve shirts, tank tops, and easy-breezy dresses or skirts for the hot days. 

For bottoms, pick light pants or shorts that are comfy and look good. And don't forget to bring a light jacket or cardigan too! Nights can get a bit cool, especially by the coast or in higher places.

Sun protection items (sunscreen, hats, sunglasses)

Mexico is known for its sunny weather all year long, especially in June. It's really important to keep yourself safe from the sun's harmful rays. Make sure to bring a good sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher that can protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays.

Put on a good amount of sunscreen before you go outside in the Mexican sun, and remember to put more on every couple of hours. Also, bring along some stylish hats with wide brims to cover your face and neck from the strong sun.

Wearing these hats not only adds a nice look to your outfit, but also gives you shade during the day. Don't forget to bring sunglasses too! They keep your eyes safe from the sun's rays and reduce the glare from Mexico's bright sunlight.

Comfortable walking shoes

When you explore Mexico, you'll do a lot of walking in charming towns, ancient ruins, and lively markets. So, make sure you pack really comfortable shoes for walking. Choose shoes that give your feet good support and cushioning, so they stay happy even during long walks.

Pick sneakers that let your feet breathe or light hiking shoes that have good grip and balance. Don't bring new shoes, as they might give you blisters and be uncomfortable. Instead, go for your old, well-fitting shoes that have already molded to your feet. Remember, feeling good while walking is more important than looking stylish, especially on Mexico's uneven streets and paths.

Travel-sized toiletries and medications

When you're traveling, it's important to pack light. Use small containers for your toiletries and medicines so you have space for souvenirs. Bring your medications and basic first aid stuff like pain relievers and band-aids in case you need them. 

Wear light and breathable clothes for Mexico's hot summers, and don't forget sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses. Good walking shoes are a must for exploring. Pack small toiletries and meds for your convenience during the trip. Remember, medication regulations can vary from country to country, so it's best to be prepared

Hand sanitizer and wet wipes

It’s essential to prioritize your health and well-being when in Mexico. One way to protect yourself from germs and bacteria is by having hand sanitizer or wet wipes easily accessible. Whether you're on public transportation or visiting crowded tourist attractions, these items will help you maintain proper hygiene and prevent illness.

Coastal Regions (e.g., Cancun, Riviera Maya)

Swimwear and beach essentials

When you're heading to places like Cancun or Riviera Maya in Mexico during June, remember to pack your swimsuits and beach gear. The beautiful beaches are perfect for sunbathing and swimming. 

You’ll want to pack different swimsuits for different moods, whether it's a stylish bikini or a comfy one-piece. There’s also a practical reason too, you can switch between them while the other dries.

Don't forget essentials like towels and flip-flops. A good towel is important for relaxing by the water, so go for light and quick-drying ones. Flip-flops are great for walking on sandy shores without getting sand in your shoes. They are also great for keeping your feet from burning on the hot sand.

Water activities gear

When you visit Mexico's coasts, you have amazing chances to enjoy water fun like snorkeling among colorful coral reefs and exploring underwater caves called cenotes. To fully enjoy these experiences, make sure to bring the right gear.

For snorkeling, you absolutely need the equipment. A good mask and snorkel help you see the beautiful underwater world with colorful fish and coral up close. If you are not going on a planned excursion then you’ll want to bring your own.

Also, consider getting water shoes. These are really useful in coastal areas. They protect your feet from sharp rocks or coral when you swim and give you better grip when you walk on slippery surfaces underwater or along rocky shores.

Light layers for cooler evenings near the coast

When you go to Mexico's beach areas, the weather is usually warm and sunny. But don't forget, evenings can get a bit cooler. So, bring some light layers like a thin jacket or top. These can keep you comfy if it gets a little cooler with the ocean breeze.

These layers are helpful if you plan to be outside after the sun sets or eat at outdoor beach restaurants. You'll be happy you brought them when you're feeling cozy and can enjoy the evening breeze without being cold.

Remember, different coastal places have their own weather, so it's smart to look up what it's like in June. Pack your swimsuit, beach stuff, gear for water activities, and those light layers for cooler nights. That way, you'll be ready for an amazing beach trip in Mexico!

The Central Highlands: Where Temperatures Vary 

When you're packing for Mexico's central highlands, think about the changing weather. In places like Mexico City and Guadalajara, the temperature can go up and down a lot during the day. 

So, pack clothes that you can adjust easily. Take clothes that can be layered, like t-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, and a few light sweaters or jackets. This will help you stay comfortable whether it's sunny and warm or gets cooler in the evening.

Watch out for rainy season

Although the central highlands are incredibly beautiful and rich in culture, they are also famous for sudden rain showers. During this time of year you can almost expect a daily shower. While in Guadalajara these came in the evening usually around 6 and also at night.

You’ll also want to keep in mind that this is the beginning of hurricane season on the Pacific coast so there will be the occasional storms that come ashore and make their way inland.

To stay prepared and not let the rain ruin your mood, remember to bring along an umbrella or a small raincoat that can fit in your bag. Also make sure to pack some shoes that will keep your feet dry, boots or high-tops should do the trick.

This will help you stay dry and fashionable if it starts raining unexpectedly.

Comfortable footwear for exploring 

The cities in the central highlands are amazing to explore on foot, with their rich history and beautiful buildings. You'll love walking through busy markets and ancient ruins like Teotihuacan near Mexico City or Guachimontones near Guadalajara. 

Make sure to bring comfy closed-toe shoes with cushioned soles for long walks that still look stylish. Don't forget to pack versatile clothes for different weather, an umbrella or raincoat, and some waterproof shoes. 

With these things ready, you can really enjoy the lively atmosphere of Mexico's central highlands. Get ready to wander the charming streets, try local food, and enjoy the culture!

The Northern Desert Regions: A Sunburn's Worst Nightmare

Lightweight long-sleeved shirts and pants: shielding your skin from the sun

When you're exploring the beautiful Northern Desert areas of Mexico, like Baja California and Chihuahua, make sure you're ready with the right clothes. The desert sun can be super strong, so it's important to wear lightweight long-sleeved shirts and pants to protect your skin. 

Choose comfy materials like linen or cotton that let air flow but still keep out the sun's rays. These clothes will not only save your skin from getting burned, but they'll also keep annoying bugs away while you enjoy the desert's rugged beauty.

Hats with wide brims: protection against the desert sun

When you head into Mexico's northern desert region, you'll realize that wide-brimmed hats are more than just stylish accessories – they're crucial for your survival! Pick a hat that matches your style and has a broad brim that shades your face and neck. This helps you stay safe from the strong desert sun and avoid painful sunburns. 

Extra water bottles: hydrating like there's no tomorrow

In dry areas like Mexico's north, even experienced travelers can become dehydrated without realizing it. To stay safe, always bring more water when you're heading into the desert. Drinking enough water is important to stay energized and avoid heat-related problems.

Remember to take sips from your water bottle regularly and refill it whenever possible. Water is super important in the desert, and by staying hydrated, you can enjoy the amazing desert landscapes without getting sick from the heat.

Wear light, long-sleeved clothes and pants to protect your skin, bring some sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat to shield your face, and carry extra water bottles for hydration. With these precautions, you'll be ready to explore Mexico's Northern Deserts like a desert expert. 

Southern Pacific Coast (e.g., Oaxaca, Chiapas)

Lightweight clothing suitable for both warm days and cool nights

When you're getting ready for your trip to the southern Pacific coast of Mexico in June, remember to pack light and comfortable clothes. It's going to be really hot during the day, so pick clothes made of light fabrics like cotton, modal, or linen. These fabrics let air flow through and keep you from getting too sweaty.

Pack loose shirts, shorts, skirts, and dresses that will keep you cool when you're out on the beach or exploring. Even though it's hot in the day, the nights can get a little cooler. So, bring a light sweater or long-sleeve top. This way, you'll be all set for the sunny days and the cooler evenings if you are by the coast. 

Insect repellent for tropical areas

When you travel to Mexico's southern Pacific coast in June, remember to bring insect repellent. The lush tropical areas of Oaxaca and Chiapas have a lot of bugs like mosquitoes that can bite you. To avoid getting bitten and spoiling your trip, pack a good insect repellent with DEET in it. 

Put it on your skin before you go out in the evening or morning when mosquitoes are most active. Also, think about taking light, long-sleeved shirts and pants made of comfy fabrics like cotton or linen. These will protect you from bugs and keep you cool in the hot weather.

Daypack or backpack for hiking trips

The southern Pacific coast of Mexico has amazing chances for outdoor adventures like jungle hikes and visits to ancient sites like Monte Albán and Palenque. For a great experience, bring a strong daypack or backpack to carry your stuff comfortably. Look for one with adjustable straps and enough space for water, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, and a light rain jacket just in case it rains. 

This backpack will also be useful when you explore local markets or stroll in towns like Oaxaca City or San Cristóbal de las Casas. Remember, comfort matters, so pick a backpack that spreads the weight nicely across your shoulders and back to avoid strain during walks or hikes. You will likely want to make sure it is waterproof as well.

Yucatan Peninsula (e.g., Merida, Tulum)

Lightweight Clothing with High Breathability due to High Humidity

When you think about the Yucatan Peninsula, imagine a tropical paradise. It has beautiful white-sand beaches, clear turquoise waters, and old Mayan ruins, making it a hotspot for travelers.

Just remember, June in the Yucatan Peninsula can get really humid. To stay comfy and avoid feeling sticky and sweaty, pack light clothes made of materials like cotton or linen.

Choose loose outfits that let air flow and absorb moisture. Wear airy dresses or shorts with tank tops for exploring the colorful streets of Merida or walking along the stunning coast of Tulum.

Bring extra clothes because of the warm weather and potential sweating. And don't forget to pack a swimsuit or two—you'll definitely want to enjoy the amazing beaches!

Other Items to Pack for All Regions in Mexico


Adapters for Charging Devices

When planning a trip to Mexico, it's important to note that the country uses Type A and Type B electrical outlets. These outlets are different from the ones used in other parts of the world, so it's important to bring the right adapter for your electronics. If you’re traveling from the US or Canada, then you won’t need these. Adapters can easily be purchased at most electronics stores or online retailers. Make sure to pack one for every device you plan on bringing, including your phone, tablet, and camera.

Portable Charger for Long Days

When you're exploring the stunning landscapes and engaging in outdoor activities in Mexico, it's important to be mindful of your phone's battery life. With all the photo-taking, navigation, and capturing memories, your phone can easily run out of power. I always travel with a portable charger for those just-in-case moments.

Important Items 

Access to Money

If you're traveling to Mexico, it's smart to carry some cash, especially in rural places. Some small shops and sellers might not take credit cards or foreign money, so having Mexican pesos will be useful. You can swap your cash at banks or currency exchange spots, but make sure to check and compare rates first for the best bang for your buck. If your bank offers ATM rebates, then I would just wait and get money from any of the main banking ATMs.

Travel Insurance Documents

When you're planning your trip to Mexico, it's highly recommended to have travel insurance for added peace of mind. While it's not mandatory, having coverage can protect you in case of unforeseen events like accidents, illnesses, or natural disasters. Make sure your travel insurance policy includes coverage for medical expenses and trip cancellations or interruptions. It's important to bring your policy documents with you and keep them in a safe place during your travels.

Waterproof Bag

Pack smart when planning a beach vacay in Mexico! Whether it's snorkeling or riding the waves in a water taxi, make sure you keep your precious possessions safe from the waters—a waterproof bag is indispensable. These are also handy during the rainy season when the skies open up.

You can find these handy bags online and in outdoor stores. With one of these by your side, you'll be able to relax and enjoy your aquatic adventures without worrying about any unfortunate water-related disasters.

Conclusion on What to Pack for Mexico

As you get ready for your trip to Mexico in June, remember that packing smartly is really important for a comfortable and fun adventure. Different parts of Mexico have their own weather and things to do, so pack accordingly. 

Pack light clothes for the humid Yucatan Peninsula and warmer clothes for cooler evenings near places like Cancun or Riviera Maya. Packing well will make your trip even better.

Remember to prioritize protection against mosquitoes with reliable insect repellent, stay hydrated and eco-conscious with a reusable water bottle, and ensure your electronics are charged with the right adapters and a portable charger. 

Additionally, don't forget essential medications, hand sanitizer, and wet wipes for maintaining hygiene, as well as having access to local currency and travel insurance for peace of mind. 

Enjoy the rich culture, try tasty food, learn about history, enjoy the beautiful nature—and let your well-packed suitcase help you on this amazing journey. So, go ahead and explore Mexico with confidence! It's ready to welcome you with open arms and lots of great memories to create.

You may want to read more on what to pack in May if you plan on arriving a little eariler, it will generally be hotter in that month. Also, make sure to check out what to pack for Mexico in July if you plan on staying beyond June.


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