2019 Homeschool Road Trips Travel

What to Pack for a Trip to New Mexico

It can be hard to know what to pack for a destination you haven’t been to before, so we hope you’ll find this list of what to pack for a trip to New Mexico helpful! Of course you’ll need to pack the things you always take when you travel–such as toiletries, medicines, and “regular” clothing and supplies. There are other things you’ll want to bring along too. Before you begin packing, though, there are a few things you need to know before you head to New Mexico.

For a printable list of what to pack, scroll to the bottom of the article and click on the link!

Things You Need to Know

  1. Cell service in New Mexico can be spotty. There are many areas where you can’t get cell service at all. In other places, you may have it for a few minutes and then it may be gone. Be sure to let folks back at home know not to worry if they don’t hear from you or if you’re talking or texting and then you suddenly get cut off.
  2. The weather can change a lot over the course of a day! It may be cool (or even cold) when you get up in the morning, and it may get hot by the afternoon. We’ll talk more about clothing in a few minutes, so keep in mind that temperatures can change 30 degrees or more from morning until evening.
  3. It’s easy to get dehydrated because it’s so dry in New Mexico. Keep that in mind as you explore!
  4. Altitude sickness is real! You’ll need to know the signs and (even more important!) how to prevent it from happening.

Toiletries and Medicines

  • your regular toiletries
  • any supplements or medicines you take


Of course you’ll want to bring regular items like socks and underwear and whatever clothing you normally wear to sleep in and travel in. But there are other things you’ll need to take along if you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors, and especially if you’ll be hiking, swimming, boating, etc.

  • sun hat (with a brim)
  • sunglasses
  • swimsuit
  • water shoes
  • rain poncho and/or umbrella
  • plastic bags for wet clothing
  • shorts
  • long pants
  • t-shirts (for layering)
  • long sleeve shirts (for layering)
  • sweaters (for layering)
  • jacket
  • loose, light-colored clothing (for hiking)
  • sturdy sneakers or hiking boots (You’ll have to have close-toed shoes if you’re going on a hot air balloon ride.)


  • cell phone charger
  • camera (if you’re bringing a nice camera instead of using your cell phone camera)
  • extra battery for the camera and/or your charger for your camera battery
  • an extra backpack or two (You never know when you might need an extra one!)
  • small change/dollar bills for tipping
  • souvenir money
  • debit or credit cards (Be sure to let your bank know that you’ll be traveling so they won’t put a freeze on your cards when you try to use them in a different state!)
  • lip balm (Since it’s dry in Mew Mexico, your lips may get chapped!)
  • lotion (Again, since the weather is dry, your skin will tend to be dry.)
  • sunscreen (If you’ll be outside a lot, sunscreen is important even in the winter)
  • sun protection clothing (If you’d rather wear clothing with SPF than use sunscreen.)
  • water bottles (or a refillable water bottle) You’ll want to be sure to take plenty of water with you any time you leave the hotel–especially if you’re going hiking!
  • snacks – You’ll want to bring some snacks any time you leave the hotel.

Click here (or click the image below) to print your packing list!

packing list for New Mexico

If you’ll be going to Taos, New Mexico (or even if you’ll be visiting other areas of New Mexico), our article with Travel Tips for Taos, New Mexico, may be helpful to you too!

Do you have suggestions to add to our list of what to pack for a trip to New Mexico? If so, please leave them in the comments! 


About the author


Wendy is one of the owners of Hip Homeschool Moms, Only Passionate Curiosity, Homeschool Road Trips, Love These Recipes, and Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She married her high school sweetheart, Scott, 30 years ago, and they live in the South. Hannah, age 26, has autism and was the first homeschool graduate in the family. Noah, age 24, was the second homeschool graduate and the first to leave the nest. Mary Grace, age 18, is the most recent homeschool graduate. Wendy loves working out and teaching Training for Warriors classes at her local gym. She also enjoys learning along with her family, educational travel, reading, and writing, and she attempts to grow an herb garden every summer with limited success.

About the author


Trish is one of the owners of Hip Homeschool Moms. She has been married to her best friend, David, for 22 years and they have three sons (ages 19, 17 and 15). Trish is from the coast of North Carolina, but they now live in rural West Tennessee on a 40+ acre farm. She has been homeschooling since 2009 and her homeschool style leans towards a Montessori approach with a heavy emphasis on hands-on learning. Trish’s family is Messianic and they love studying the Scriptures, learning Hebrew and growing in their faith and walk daily. In her spare time, Trish loves to travel, write, work in their garden and can regularly be found trying to learn something new, modeling that learning is indeed a life-long endeavor!


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  • OMG! Great packing haul and thanks for the helpful tips! My elder daughter is going on a trip to Mexico soon. Actually, you made my job easy while packing things for her. Also, the packing list for print is very much handy and helpful. Thanks again for making our life easy and more organized.

    • Just to clarify, this list was written for a trip NEW Mexico (the state)–not MEXICO (the country). However, the packing list would still be helpful when packing for a trip to either place. 🙂