What to pack for 3 months in Mexico
Just the thought of having to pack for 3 months is quite destroying. And more for a girl. You might consider it mission impossible. But trust me, it is not that bad. Let’s take me as an example.
I actually took time to count everything I packed with me to Mexico. Just to keep a track of it and know exactly how many things I need with me for 3 months. I have to admit, it cost me a lot of time but mostly planning what I really need and what I can live without.
I am in a slow process of becoming a minimalist. Step by step. From like 21 different face creams, hand creams, eye creams and gels, body lotions and oils (yes, I am obsessed, I have many more home in Slovakia), I spent the whole February trying to finish most of them. Basically, I was using the creams and lotions couple of times per day, everyone had a laugh at me, even at work each time I washed the hands (which I do every half an hour), I put the hand cream on. It became a habit. Just to get rid of the same habit then in Mexico.
I am taking only the brand new full creams and body lotions, with the total number of 5: a hand cream, a foot cream, a face cream, aloe vera gel (good for any occasion and place) and sunscreen protection.
As I kinda knew I was not going to stay in Brindisi, Italy for much longer, since November I did not really go shopping, I mean clothes and shoes shopping (how did I survive? Maybe that was the reason I was so nervous haha.)
However, as you can imagine, the abundance of the girlie stuff was just unbelievable. I gave 4 huge gash bags to the charity (God, how it hurt!!! But at least I hope they will get to people who really need it!) The second when the first gash bag was falling inside the charity bin, I saw my extremely expensive Diesel shoes and scared the passers-by with my shriek. Damn, that was painful!
Then I sent 3 boxes home to Slovakia, together 30 kg of clothes, shoes, important documents, snowballs and presents (by Italian post -which was the cheapest way- it cost me all together 84 euro). Surprisingly, all 3 boxes got home. Then I gave some things to friends and threw many to rubbish, too.
Are you curious how many things a girl needs for 3 months? I really was. So for the 7th time I unpacked everything, counted and repacked again (I am sure now that the best way to pack is to roll up the clothes, then they take less space). I am actually surprised I managed to put all the pieces into a suitcase, just 15 kg check in baggage, plus 5 kg hang baggage (documents, netbook, camera etc.) Am I good? :)
The list of taken pieces:
2 pairs of sports shoes – 1 black, 1 grey
1 pair of black flip flops
2 jackets, 1 on me on the way and 1 packed with a hood in case of rain (the rainy season should start in May – wasn’t I going there as well because of nice warm weather and no precipitation?!)
14 T-shirts without sleeves
6 T-shirts with short sleeves
2 T-shirts with long sleeves
2 shirts – 1 with short, 1 with long sleeves
2 pair of jeans and trousers, 1 on me, 1 packed
3 light sweaters
5 pairs of socks
I tried to pack clothes to match with each other, made of the material that does not require ironing and it is not heavy and huge. Then I had to make a choice – if to pack the things I really like to wear and they are comfortable or something new and the best I had. After a long thinking, the first one won. It was an easy decision NOT. Especially to choose the underwear. I used to ‘collect’ it, I could have my own lingerie shop :D
Finally, after 2 years of being forced to wear high heels at work, just after my last flight working, they landed in the nearest rubbish bin. So for the 3 months in Mexico I refused to pack any shoes with heels. It is such a deliberating feeling. With my 178 cm I will be a giraffe there anyway. Why to provoke even more? (My dad told me to be invisible, let’s try haha.)
What else did I pack? A probably necessary pepper spray! Well, you never know. Especially after the most frequent phrase every single person told me before I left – BE CAREFUL!
Then I packed some first aid kit (what if I found out the guy who wanted to rob me, is extremely sexy and I just destroyed his cute green eyes with the pepper spray?!)
The only food I take with me is a bowl of nuts and dried apples (they will remind me people who gave them to me – nuts from my dad and the apples home-dried by my grandpa.) Fenistyl gel is a must because as soon as the dark falls down, all the mosquitoes and other disgusting insects from the area just have to suck my sweet blood! (Still have not find out the answer to why!) Some little things and that’s it :D
Here I am, in Mexico with 20 kg of stuff with me for 3 months …