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Having the winter blues? Are you tired of overcoats, heavy layers, and being cooped up indoors? Then a sunny getaway must be in your future. Look no further than San Miguel de Allende’s “eternal spring” weather to wash your blues away.
What to Pack for San Miguel de Allende
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Located in Central Mexico with a temperate climate, interesting art scene, and historic architecture, San Miguel de Allende is a favorite among retirees and expats looking for a low-key and charming existence.
The historic centre remains much as it was over 250 years ago, with no fast food restaurant or large chain stores. It is an UNESCO world heritage site, with people coming to see the quaint colorful buildings, gothic church and winding cobblestone streets.
If these are things you seek then the following tips can help in planning what to wear in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
San Miguel de Allende admirers boast about the city’s weather, and its lovely year-round temperatures. With winter averages around 60°F.
Although it may become hot in the summer, the overall dry climate makes the heat easier to tolerate. In fact, surprisingly, the wetter months are from June-September, with little rain the rest of the year.
November to April are the most popular months to travel to the city, as travelers are rewarded with mostly sunny and clear days.
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This makes packing light simple. No bulky clothes are needed, just add a few pieces to layer on at night. A neutral cardigan and denim jacket are versatile options for layering. Also, keep a cotton button down in your daypack to add to your outfit as needed.
You’ll want to look your best when you travel! Read my travel tips to Pack Light Stylishly!
The colonial city has an overall relaxed atmosphere, with an interesting mix of people. San Miguel serves as a haven for retirees, a destination for budding artists, and is still a Mexican city at its core. The area hosts an abundance of outdoor festivals, concerts, and parades. Come prepared for these outdoor activities with a stylish hat, sunscreen, and a small umbrella if you are traveling during the summer.
Although it is in Mexico, this is not a beach town. You don’t want to find yourself underdressed when visiting art galleries or having a night out at a local restaurant. When thinking about your San Miguel de Allende packing list, plan for casual city chic.
Since the city was never intended for cars, San Miguel is best seen on foot. Narrow alleys and cobblestone streets make walking a little difficult without the proper footwear.
Opt for light comfortable walking sandals with sturdy soles and ankle straps to easily navigate the inclines and descents. Slip-on canvas sneakers or flat espadrilles can also keep you stylish while traversing the historic city.
Here’s are the most comfortable and cute walking shoes for travel!
San Miguel is a cultural city, and most of your activities will center on the historic city center. Exploring charming shops, visiting art galleries and museums, and admiring architecture can fill up your days. A casual day dress or romper are a must when planning what to wear in San Miguel de Allende. They can be nice enough for a relaxed dinner at one of the area’s renowned restaurants. Tailored shorts can also make a daytime look more sophisticated than the usual denim.
Just add a light cardigan and patterned scarf to keep the night chill at bay. Shirt dresses are a favorite staple of mine for city destinations. They are easy to layer, the sleeves can be adjusted, and its collar feels a little more polished and pulled together.
Denim is another great option. Look for jeans in a darker wash, which can easily transition into night.
Leave space for shopping. It’s always important not to over pack, but especially in a city home to so many remarkable local and foreign artists. You will need the extra space to bring home your scores.
Historically, San Miguel was set up as an art colony and continues to attract artists from all over Mexico and abroad. Their wares and art can be seen and purchased throughout the city, but a good place to find an authentic souvenir bargain is the ‘Mercado de Artesanias’ which translates to Artisan Market. Here you’ll find a whole host of handicrafts make from glass, wood, wool and silver.
A nice sized leather or canvas shoulder bag can serve as your purse while shopping and discovering the city. If you love to shop, flat pack a tote to assist in bringing your home your new souvenirs.
The secret to packing light is to use packing cubes to help you maximize your space in your suitcase.
How to Organize Travel Clothing
One way to organize your travel wardrobe is by using packing cubes. The Compass Rose packing cubes have a numbering and color system so it’s easy to identify where everything is! The video below demonstrates this.
Learn our hacks with packing cubes in this video!
We also put together a five-part YouTube series showing the different methods to use packing cubes for travel. If you use this specific packing strategy, packing cubes can also compress your belongings. This is the secret to traveling carry-on only!
Where to Stay in San Miguel de Allende
Mexico has just about every type of accommodation you could ever desire. All-inclusive resorts, family hotels, private villas, volunteer housing, Airbnb casas, and hostels throughout the country.
As Mexico is becoming an even more popular option for tourists, eco-villas and eco-resorts are steadily growing.
Read these Airbnb tips for more info!
For hostels, Travel Fashion Girl recommend Hostelworld and Hostelbookers. Always read the reviews before booking to get the best idea if the hostel is right for you. Some are quiet and family friendly while others are known for their party atmosphere.
Are hostels safe? Here are our tips for women staying in hostels!
Share your tips on things to pack for San Miguel de Allende in the comments!
For more Mexico packing tips, please read:
- What to Wear in Mexico Year-Round
- What to Wear in Tulum
- What to Pack for Isla Holbox
- What to Wear to Isla Mujeres
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