Packing for a Weekend in Mexico

A pair of boots—preferably in a style that I will be able to wear again as spring’s Western theme ca...

I am taking a long weekend at my mom’s tiny hometown la Huasteca Potosino, which is in a remote region of Mexico about a four-hour drive from San Louis Potosi. The trip will hopefully include horseback riding around my mother’s ranch, walks through the central square, and late-night dinners with my aunts. I can’t wait, but it’s one of the hottest and most humid places I’ve ever been and packing can be a challenge. Here are 10 things I won’t leave home without.


A pair of boots—preferably in a style that I will be able to wear again as spring’s Western theme carries into fall. Isabel Marant Crisi suede boots, $790,


A good knit is always in order for cool nights, Altuzarra’s ethnic inspired resort collection has a great one. Altuzarra Sitar open-knit sweater, $990,


I have Edie Parker designer Brett Heyman to thank for my obsession with Golden Goose jeans, which are the most expensive I’ve ever bought but my current favorites. They are worth every penny and seem to make it into my suitcase these days no matter where I am headed. Golden Goose skinny jeans, $578,


I never travel with a watch, but like to have something to wear on my wrist—like these beautiful Aurelie Bidermann snake cuffs. Aurelie Bidermann Tao gold-plated snake bracelet, $559,


The bucket bag is my new favorite shape— it reminds me of the early ‘90s and the first bag I ever owned; this warm red is quite pretty. Saint Laurent Paris Seau Saint Laurent medium bucket bag in red leather, $1950,


Fun sunglasses—a must in warm weather. Spektre Vitesse mirrored sunglasses, $140,


A nine-hour flight and four-hour drive will make me dream of a private plane, but this Anya Hindmarch cardholder brings me back to earth. And, it fits all the cash, cards, and travel necessities I need. Anya Hindmarch bespoke envelope card case, $235,


My mother will inevitably ask if I am going to wear a dress to Sunday lunch. This hat-printed dress could not be more appropriate. Tory Burch Carolina dress, $350,


If the weather permits a swim in of the area’s many rivers, a one-piece swimsuit is essential. Thapelo Paris Greta swimsuit, $235,


I always say that I am going to pack light, but I always bring gifts for my 50 cousins and friends, and, on the return trip stuff my almost empty suitcase with Mexican candies. Tumi medium trip packing case, $595 to $795,