What’s it really like traveling to Mexico for First-Time Visitors and what you can expect during your visit.
Over the summer my family and I traveled to Mexico for the very first time. Actually, it was also our first vacation that required us to travel by air with a U.S.Passport. So you can only imagine how excited we were to make this journey together in another country.
Traveling with my family of six, there were plenty of things for us to worry about but as long as we’re together we didn’t let the “little things” bother us. So with our passports in hand, we made it inside our airline terminal to check it. If you haven’t flown outside the U.S. please note that you must have a valid passport. It’s a travel requirement for all travelers regardless of age or origin.
Checking in for your International flight at a U.S. airport does require some extra time so please keep that in mind and arrive early when traveling. We flew from Ft. Lauderdale- Hollywood International Airport to Cancun, Mexico. I will admit even although I checked in online with my airline, I still needed to complete a few steps before boarding. Such as, did you know what you need to scan each passport when checking in at one of the airline kiosks? That process alone can eat away at your time especially when traveling with a group. Trust me, arrive early and save yourself the headache. Once we had scanned our passports, we also received our luggage tags with our boarding passes. I felt a sigh of relief because there really wasn’t a long waiting line to complete this check-in process. If your airline kiosk is not available then make your way to see your airline agent to retrieve your boarding passes and to check your luggage.
Once you have arrived at your gate and ready to board your flight, keep your passport book and boarding pass in hand. You will need both documents to board.
Like I stated previously, we flew out of Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport so our flight time was short. I believe it took about an hour or so before we landed in Cancun, Mexico but before we landed the flight attendants passed around a few forms for us to fill out. These forms are extremely important and must be filled out for Mexican immigration and customs before you land. Keep these forms handy with your passport as you make your way through the line. Once your next in line, hand over your passport and documents. The agent will add your information into a computer, stamp your passport book and then hand you back your passport book and a portion of your documents. You will need to keep your immigration and customs documentations safe because you will need them in order to depart from Mexico and reenter into the U.S.
One of more thing, after you have retrieve your luggage from the carousal, your luggage and personal belongings will be scanned before exiting the airport. Including each member of your party walking through a metal detector.
Once you’ve made it through that process you may exit the airport. When traveling to a new country it does take some pre-planning on your behalf. Such as booking transportation to your hotel or resort. It’s definitely something that I would recommend doing after you have booked your flight and stay. Relying on local taxi service might not be in your best interest especially in a new country. You want a reliable and safe source of transportation. So call or email your resort to confirm if they offer free transportation.
Now that you have read my tips on traveling to Mexico, here are few items that you may want to purchase before your travels.
Remember, Mexico is a warm climate country so pack light. Shorts, tank tops, bathing suit, rompers, or any clothing that is light and comfortable to wear is what you should pack. My number one recommendation that is a must-have is sunscreen. Do not leave your house without it. Purchase the highest SPF sunscreen available and also make sure that it’s safe for your face. Don’t let those cloudy days in Mexico fool you, the UV rays are extremely strong and you will get burned.
Another item that is a must for you to have is bug spray. Purchasing bug spray and sunscreen in Mexico can be very expensive. How expensive you ask? Plan on spending $25 and up. It’s worth to pick these up before you travel and place them in your checked luggage bag in clear plastic bag.
Our trip to Mexico was full of excitement. There was never a dull moment for my family. Plenty of memories and laughs.
Have you been to Mexico? Do you have tips to share? I would love to hear all about them.