When considering taking a vacation to Mexico, you should contemplate first on what necessary items you should take with you. There are some things that you just cannot travel without such as legal documents, necessary medications, and of course, currency. As well as items that will make life away from home much more pleasant, such as skin protection and proper attire.
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 of yourself, proof of United State’s citizenship, and a valid photo ID.
It is also advisable for you to take your driver’s license with you into Mexico, especially if you plan on driving or renting a car. Many times a driver’s license is required when chartering a boat or renting water sports equipment. A copy of your birth certificate should also be one of the important documents that travel with you. If any unfortunate circumstance comes up, these documents will be essential.
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.
Don’t forget to take any medications that you may need while you are on vacation and if you have a prescribed medication, be sure that the prescription medication labels are legible and that they have your name on them. Sunscreen is also an essential item to pack because the sunshine down south in Mexico is more intense than in most places in the United States and you may sunburn easier than you think.
Other helpful items that you can take on your vacation to Mexico would be a small first aid kit, a pocket sized Spanish-English dictionary, (they even have small electronic dictionaries available) and a good pair of walking shoes. Mostly comfortable and casual attire should be packed although there usually is an occasion for dressing up for a posh dinner or a night on the town. Lastly, sunglasses and a hat will be indispensable for any prolonged exposure out of doors.
As you plan and make lists on what to pack for your trip, remember that it pays to be prepared. This way, when you begin to pack for your vacation to Mexico you will remember to pack the essentials first and then you can include your assortment of cabana wear, your rhinestone flip flops and those loud Hawaiian shirts.