Five “Must Haves” to Take to Mexico
Five Things You Must Take Along on Your Mexico Medical Trip
We’re taking a break from our Vacation Diary today…our trip is about half way done, and I will continue the adventure – Page 6, next article. But, today I’m happy to present an article by guest author, Deepika Garg.
Deepika has developed a list of what may at first seem to be pretty obvious items to include, but how easy it is for us to forget the everyday, obvious needs. So, this is an important “list” to keep and include on all of your travels! Enjoy:
The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research reported that nearly one million people from California alone travel to Mexico for medical care each year. With such large numbers of Americans traveling south of the border for medical treatment, there is a good chance that you too are contemplating a medical vacation in Mexico. Here’s a list of five must-haves which you should carry on you if you are thinking about taking a trip to Mexico for medical treatment. (Barbie: Or for any reason.)
1. Identification. It is not required for Americans to carry a passport to Mexico, but it is mandatory that you carry a state-issued ID. Even if you are just hopping across the border for gastric sleeve in Tijuana or a dental implant session in Algodones, it is absolutely essential that you carry your photo ID. (Barbie: And, to return back to the United States, your passport is mandatory.)
2. Sunscreen. Even if you aren’t in the habit of putting sunscreen on regularly, you should. And carrying it isn’t enough. Be sure to reapply at least twice a day. The sun in Mexico is very strong, especially for fair Caucasians. After identification, sunscreen is probably the next most important thing to pack for a medical trip to Mexico.
3. Clothing. Okay, we lied. Clothing is probably just as important as number one and number two. But isn’t that obvious? What might not be so obvious is the type of clothing to pack. Though Mexico is usually warm, check the weather before going just in case. We are seeing a lot of weather irregularities in the world due to global warming, after all. Usually, you can get away with taking a few pairs of shorts, a few flowing skirts, and some linen shirts (better for the heat). Don’t bring clothes made out of material that sticks to your body when you sweat, or else you may develop a rash.
4. Camera. Yes, you are going to Mexico for a medical holiday, but don’t forget the last part – holiday. You still might want to take a few pictures during your getaway, especially if you choose a place like Cancun or Puerto Vallarta for your medical treatment!
5. Coffee. It sounds strange and possibly ironic. After all, don’t coffee beans grow in Mexico? Well, they do, but often times the only coffee you can get your hands on is the instant kind, and for someone who drinks coffee on a regular basis, this is not the way to start your morning, especially when on a holiday.
These are a few things that you must absolutely carry with you when you embark on a medical trip to avail a dental treatment, a cosmetic surgery or a bariatric procedure such as lap band, gastric bypass or gastric sleeve in Mexico.
What are some other quick tips to remember while in Mexico for a medical excursion?
· Wash all of your fruits and vegetables with bottled water.
· Brush your teeth only with bottled water.
· Reapply your sunscreen (yes, we know we already said this, but that’s just how important it is!).
· Drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquids. If you are drinking alcohol, you need to drink even more water to keep yourself hydrated.
· Don’t trust everyone you meet.
· Be aware of your surroundings.
· Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten something basic. Almost everything you need will be available in most major cities in Mexico.
· Book your tickets well in advance if you are flying. If you wait until the last minute you may have to pay a premium.
· Carry an English-Spanish pocket dictionary to insulate yourself from any linguistic impediments.
These are just a few other things to keep in mind while you are on a medical holiday in Mexico.
Dr. Deepika Garg – Dentist and an Internet enthusiast, is keenly involved in medical tourism – and works with sites that help people find affordable gastric sleeve surgery in Tijuana, Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, and several other Mexican cities. Getting a gastric sleeve surgery in Mexico is becoming a popular option for American and Canadians, who cannot afford the cost of the same in their own countries.
P.S. By Barbie: Many resorts do have purified water that comes right out of the faucets – but, make sure you always check, just to be positive. Same for restaurants – we always ask if their water is purificado. Montezuma can give you one heck of a revenge!