So, I was asked the other day to come up with a list of things to bring with you if you’re coming to Mexico City on a mission trip. Here’s what I came up with:

Stuff to bring:

  • You must now have a passport to come to Mexico by air. Make sure you have one (and everyone in the group has one).
  • It’s a good idea to have copies of your passport in all of your bags that you bring with you.
  • Bring a Bible. After all, it’s a mission trip.
  • Toothbrush/other toiletries – don’t leave home without them.
  • Clean underwear/clothes – like your mother always told you.
  • Jeans…no shorts – you can’t go out in shorts, but you can wear them around the house.
  • Light Jacket – it can be cold at night
  • Tennis shoes — we’ll probably walk a lot some days — you don’t want to just wear sandals
  • Headache medicine – smog + altitude = headaches; if you have respiratory problems, be sure to bring your medicine
  • Pepto or Immodium (chewable tablets work best) – you never know
  • Spanish/English pocket dictionary (if you’ve got one) – unless you’re fluent in Spanish
  • Camera – a picture is worth a thousand words

Mexico City fact sheet:

  • Altitude: More than 7300 feet above sea level
  • Population: Good question. Some say around 25 million. It’s one of the largest cities in the world.
  • Demographics: In some parts of Mexico City, the average age is 14. There are a lot of young people here.
  • Religion: Less than 2% of Mexico City is evangelical Christian. The majority of the population claims to be catholic.

I’m sure there are things I could add to the list, but I wanted to get the basics down. Now, I’ll have them when I need them next time.