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CAST Schools Student Advisory Mexico City Experience

February 14 - 18, 2023

Welcome to the Info Hub for our trip to Mexico City. We’ll post updates, next steps, and information to help prepare for our trip. We’re excited for this journey and look forward to the experience.

– Eddie Rodriguez

Payment Form

Step 1 of 3

Key Dates

January 15, 2023
Make Final Payment
January 20, 2023
Submit Forms
January 27, 2023
Confirm Passport
February 14, 2023

Need a Passport?

For passport support, visit the San Antonio Passport and Birth Certificate Office:

719 S Santa Rosa Ave, San Antonio, TX 78204

Medical Procedures

Families will be given forms in January to:

  • Give the school permission to administer one or more of the following over the counter medications: Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Benadryl, or Imodium AD. No other OTC medications may be distributed without a doctor’s order turned into the school nurse prior to leaving. 
  • Families will also be provided a Short Term Medication Permission Request Form to give the school permission to administer prescription medication or OTC medications beyond the four listed on the form above. Please note: OTC medications beyond the four above must have doctor’s orders.
  • Students may NOT carry any medication or purchase any while in Mexico. 

Student Packing List and Procedures

Luggage Procedures

Adults and student may bring the following luggage:

  • 1 personal item (must fit under the seat in front of you)
  • 1 standard cabin bag that measures 22 x 16 x 10 in (length x width x height)
  • Make sure the student’s name and address is labeled on the luggage. 
  • Students and adults should be prepared to carry all personal luggage up 3 or more flights of stairs. 

No checked bags are allowed. The combined weight of the personal item and the cabin bag must not exceed 22 lbs.

Click here for more luggage guidance from the airline, Volaris.


  • Passport
  • Sneakers
  • Socks
  • Pullover/Jacket
  • Pants (leggings are not pants in Mexico and can only be worn in the dorm)
  • Shirts (shoulders & midriffs must be covered)
  • Undergarments
  • Toiletries (3 oz or less due to TSA requirements, no powdered makeup)
  • Sunscreen (3 oz or less)
  • Empty Water Bottle 
  • Trip Journal it
  • Pen
  • Phone charger
  • Day backpack (this is your personal item referenced above in Luggage section)


  • Rain Jacket/small Umbrella
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Snacks (Maximum size: 
  • 2 one-gallon-sized Ziploc bags)
  • Fruit, vegetables, grains and other agricultural products can not be brought into Mexico. 
  • Bags will be screened in Mexican customs.
  • Headphones
  • Hat (not to be worn indoors)
  • Mask


  • Video game consoles
  • Self-carry medication (unless cleared through the nurse)
  • Shorts (dress in Mexico is more conservative)
  • Anything you can not carry yourself up 3 flights of stairs
  • Anything you would regret losing
  • Anything prohibited by school rules (matches, knives)
  • Portable speakers

Peso Exchange

  • Many sites will accept pesos and dollars.
  • Recommended student spending money: $30 (if you want to shop more, bring more!)
  • We will NOT be able to stop to exchange money at the airport.
  • Families are encouraged to send their child with pesos instead of dollars.  The following San Antonio locations can exchange currency
    • Local Banks
    • Texas Currency Exchange, 849 E Commerce St #353, San Antonio, TX 78205, (210) 227-4447