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Packing Tips for a Music Festival in Mexico

by | Jul 20, 2017 | Adulting 101, Adventure |

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?  We have put together some essential packing tips for a music festival in Mexico, so you can be sure you are fully prepared!

These guys are prepared for a music festival!

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!

Pack Light

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.  Take it from someone who packs a costume for every night of the 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? You want to minimize your luggage to make traveling easy and safe.
Although, you’ll see her toting something a little bit more like THIS ONE at Strings & Sol.

Dress for the weather

It will be hot.  It will rain.  It will get cool at night.  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!
Let the Sun Shine In!
Always protect yourself with sunscreen.

Protect Your Skin

Nothing ruins a vacation faster than a sunburn! I know the air-conditioned rooms and comfy beds are quite lovely, but I have no intention of hanging in them all day long trying to recover from sun-poisoning.
Sunscreen:  Pack plenty of water-resistant sunblock – and apply it every couple of hours.  Choose a sunscreen that won’t harm the reefs, such as Badger SPF 30 Unscented Sunscreen and All Good SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen Lotion.  
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 your daytime activities!
Floppy Hat:  The more ridiculous your hat, probably the more effective.   You’ll protect your face and your shoulders from getting too much sun – and you’ll love the attention you get.  Try this one!

Montezuma’s Revenge

(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!

Traveler's Diarrhea is no joke!

We start preparing BEFORE our trip.  We begin taking probiotics and grapefruit seed extract drops weeks before our trip, and continue them throughout our vacation.  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.

Use common sense.  Even if you go on vacation in the USA, your stomach may get sick from just eating different foods and drinking different water. Wash your hands.  Don’t eat food that looks questionable – like room temperature sushi, for example.  Just be smart, and you should be fine!

Bring the fun stuff to the festival!

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!

About The Author

Kelly Day

Kelly is pretty crazy about live music, camping, road trips and making lots of new friends. So, music festivals are basically the best thing in the world to her. She really wants Festy GoNuts to become a huge success so she can continue to drive around the country checking out live music, camping and making lots of new friends. Sounds like a plan.


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