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Mexican Vacation: The Things You Should Be Aware Of

Jan 15, 2008
Driving your own vehicle through Mexico or renting one to drive while on vacation can provide a wonderful, go-at-your-own-pace type of experience. That being said there are several things you should be aware off if you drive while on vacation in Mexico.

It is advisable to avoid driving at night in Mexico. Many of the smaller two-lane roads will have livestock issues that could be dangerous and most assaults that would happen on the roads would certainly happen at night. Be aware that most tourist deaths that happen in Mexico involve automobile accidents.

Some good health tips

Before you even leave for your vacation in Mexico be sure to hydrate yourself by drinking lots of fluids. Once you arrive at your destination be sure to drink only distilled or bottled water. Climate and altitude changes can have an effect on your body. Give your body time to acclimatize to its new environment and don't go overboard your first day in Mexico. Eat sparingly the first day and only what your body is fairly familiar with. Make sure that any fruits or vegetables that you purchase get washed in distilled or bottled water and peel them if possible.

Try to avoid over-indulgences of alcohol while in Mexico, as this will lower your body's resistance to disease and raise the risk that you may become ill. If you do feel like you are coming down with something seek medical attention immediately and avoid contact with the general population. This is especially true if you are on a cruise ship or staying at a resort that has buffet dining. Besides, you want to be able to remember the great times that you had on vacation, so drinking in moderation would be a good way to keep your senses keen.

What you should have

First of all, the items you will have to take would be a United States passport. As of January 23, 2007, passports are required for all United States citizens who are traveling outside of the country by air regardless of their destination. And after January 1, 2008 that requirement will be extended to both land and sea travel. If you don't have a passport then you will have to apply in person to one of 9,000 passport acceptance facilities located throughout the U.S. It is required to bring two photographs, proof of United State's citizenship, and a valid photo ID.

It is prudent to take mostly travelers checks and some cash on vacation. Cash is much easier to exchange and to use on a daily basis and in the event that both are stolen, the travelers' checks can be replaced. Bringing your ATM card can be another good way to access your funds while in Mexico. Another handy item to bring in case of an emergency is a pre-paid phone card or a pay-as-you-go cell phone.

Make sure you use the in-room safe in your hotel room for any excess cash, valuables, and your travel documentation. Don't leave anything that can't be replaced lying around your room, as a dishonest hotel employee can easily take it. Simple, common sense decisions that you would use at home regarding your personal safety and your property are a good rule of thumb to go by while you are traveling. By being vigilant, always traveling with a buddy, and sticking to high traffic areas you can keep yourself and your property safe while vacationing in Mexico.
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