Pack to Play: Mexican Momentos
Most people would agree that packing is the worst part of the traveling experience. Trying to jam your most treasured possessions, well-planned outfit selections, and shoes you’ll probably never wear into a tiny cube on wheels is cause for a collective groan. This new blog series Pack to Play is designed to bring you food for thought (a snack if you will) intended to pair with the exciting adventure you’re about to embark on. We aim to take the drama out of departure, so grab your TSA friendly FlyWithWine suitcase and let's get started because the sky waits for no (wo)man!
If you haven’t ventured to Mexico, chances are you will soon. Tourism as a whole is on the decline, but if you have an Instagram account, that may seem pretty hard to believe. My feed is constantly reloading to feature posts (annoyingly during the work week) from hot spots like Tulum. I can’t seem to get away from the constant suggestion that I’m missing out on something, especially with programs like Bravo’s Mexican Dynasties that premiered earlier this year (the wide shots of the city are stunning!).
With summer considered the “off-season” there, it’s the perfect time to visit. The break in tourism and a slight decrease in cost explain the allure for destination wedding seekers. If you also happen to be located in California, then your friends will quizzically ask you what's stopping you from visiting. Truthfully, nothing besides my inability to pack efficiently and plan more than a few months in advance.
Besides the obvious necessities like swimwear, sunscreen, and flip flops, let's delve into the most practical items you’ll need for this trip. Because of the proximity to the ocean, your attire should consist of casual, light fabrics on the brighter side. Note: the ability to layer will be your best friend when dealing with more humid climates. Here are some more of our Mexico must-haves:
Comfortable walking shoes… like actually comfortable. You’re going to want to walk around and explore everywhere you go.
Sunglasses and a hat for comfortable and functional fun in the sun are non-negotiables no matter your skin color and type.
Lightweight jacket or sweater to sit outside and drink wine in if and when the temperature drops in the evening.
FlyWithWine DIY Insert — let's be honest, there’s a 99% chance you’re going to want to bring tequila or some other type of spirit back with you, and you’ll thank yourself for having a secure space to store it in on the flight home. There is nothing worse than a beautiful bottle you found from that one family-owned place down a dirt road that doesn't even have an address ending up shattered and all over your favorite pair of jeans. No one wants that for you, so let's plan ahead!
It’s a no-brainer you’re craving fun in the sun and probably a margarita wherever you end up in Mexico, but unlike guac, this wine experience isn’t extra, it’s included! I know what you’re thinking, Mexico isn’t traditionally associated with wine (hey tequila and mezcal 👋), but they are bringing some good stuff to the table that is worth trying while you’re down there.
A great way to check out the local cuisine is by taking a cooking class. Brush up on your Español and your wine terms, because I bet the instructor will be more than happy to recommend a few must-sip bottles local to the region.
There are over 6,000 acres of wine grown in Mexico, so pace yourself. Popular varietals available include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah. Less familiar options might include Viognier, Grenache, and Tempranillo.
According to my somewhat reliable source, Wikipedia, Brandy is the most widespread distilled liquor in Mexico, so maybe throw that into the mix if you feel like really spicing things up on your trip south of the border.
If you’re visiting the up and coming wine country of Valle de Guadalupe, articles like this one can help guide you in the right direction when it comes to where to drink, eat and sleep. For wine tours, paring inspiration and booking, sites like Viator can help with that.
Fly safe and fly with wine trailblazers!