What to Bring Into Mexico by Car

You're driving down to Mexico, excited for your vacation. You've got your sunscreen, bathing suits, and sun hats packed in the trunk - but did you remember to pack everything else you'll need? Depending on what part of Mexico you're visiting, there are a few things you'll need to have with you when crossing the US-MX border. Besides a policy that will provide coverage from Mexican insurance companies, here we'll explore the items that are necessary to pack in your trunk and what you should avoid having with you at all costs!

What should I bring into Mexico by car?

First and foremost, you'll need your passport and car registration. If you're driving a rental car, be sure to bring along the rental agreement as well. You'll also need proof of insurance - both Mexican liability insurance and your regular policy in case of an accident. It's a good idea to have some cash on hand as well, in case you need to pay any unexpected fees.

As for the items in your trunk, you should have a spare tire, a jack, and a wrench. You should also have a first-aid kit, flares, and a fire extinguisher. If you're planning on doing any camping, you'll need to bring along a tent and sleeping bags as well. If you're traveling by motorbike,  you'll need to bring along a helmet for each rider.

Finally, don't forget the food and drinks. As for the quantities, it really depends on how long you're planning on staying and how many people are at your party. Make sure that you choose wisely, as not all food can be transported across the border. 

What items should you report at the Mexican customs? 

You will need to report anything that you are bringing into Mexico that is not for personal use. This includes items like alcohol and tobacco. You will need to declare these items on a form that you will receive at the border. As for subscription medicine,  you are allowed to bring in a three-month supply for personal use. Anything beyond that needs to be approved by the Mexican government. For more information, consult the official diplomatic authorities

What household items are not allowed in Mexico?

There are a few household items that you should avoid bringing into Mexico. These include things like fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, dairy products, and plants. For example, certain types of fresh fruits and vegetables can bear diseases that can further spread to Mexican crops. Meat and dairy products can also spread disease, and the same applies to plants. For all of these, you’ll need special permits. 

If you're unsure about whether or not something is allowed, it's always best to check with the US consulate or the Mexican Customs website.


In summary, when driving to Mexico by car, be sure to bring all the necessary documents. You'll also need proof of coverage, enough cash, and a few other items for the trip. When packing your trunk, remember to bring a spare tire, jack, wrench, first-aid kit, flares, fire extinguisher, and camping gear if needed. Finally, avoid bringing perishable products into Mexico. By following these simple tips, you'll be sure to have a smooth and enjoyable trip!

Who can help me get in touch with Mexican insurance companies? 

Oscar Padilla Mexican Insurance Services has been helping U.S. and Canadian visitors get the best possible car insurance for driving in Mexico for many decades. We offer competitive rates and work closely with local insurance carriers in Mexico, so you can choose the policy that's right for you. We can also help you get in touch with auto repair services and ensure that you receive the necessary medical aid if you get hurt in an accident.  Contact us today to learn more about our services. We’re eager to help and answer all of your questions!