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!Acapulco, resorts, parking, ship, bay, bountains

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.

Author Bio:

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!

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12 Responses to Five “Must Haves” to Take to Mexico

  1. loredana simonetto

    July 9, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Article is most helpful and I’ll like to suggest taking a hat or an umbrella as a shield for the sun; using an umbrella as a sun shield might sound odd but even local ladies use this method to cover themselves.

    And if you plan to visit churches, there is a dress code for such visits: no shorts and cover your head even if it is with a small kerchief, as a sign of respect.

  2. Barbie


    July 9, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Excellent additions! Thanks :) Barbie

  3. Linda Thompson

    July 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Okay, I finally made the decission to move to Mexico. I need to find an inexpensive place in a good area. Can anyone help?

  4. Cary

    July 17, 2012 at 12:53 am

    I’ll admit, I’m a last minute packer. Rather, I’m a last minute everything (Stupid, I know.  ) Not only that, I’m forgetful too. So yes, every time I’m jet setting to another land, I tend to forget something of importance back home. And more often than not, they’re medicinal supplies. I know I can just find what I need in any of the chemist shops, wherever I am. But sometimes, you never know, it might be out of stock or whatever. And no matter how much in advance I plan and prepare my checklist, something always remains behind. I’m glad I came across this post. It is a piece of such great convenience! It may not cover everything I need, but at least it covers all that is of utmost importance! :D

  5. James

    July 20, 2012 at 5:43 am

    You have given really cool advices. These things are really essential while traveling to Mexico. You have covered almost all the important points that the travelers must be careful about. You can also add that they must be really careful with their money. People should actually try not to carry to much cash with them and should carry only credit cards for safety purposes.

  6. Barbie


    July 25, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Excellent suggestion.

  7. Katie

    August 30, 2012 at 5:02 am

    I have been contemplating of going to Mexico for a medical vacation for quite some time now. I was in two mind whether to go there or not but now I have finally decide to go to Mexico. One of my close friend and his family recently visited Mexico for getting a thorough medical check up and they were really impressed with the service they got there. So I will be going there soon and this tips will surely help me a lot.

  8. Thomas

    August 31, 2012 at 5:03 am

    I have been to Pattaya many time. I just don’t visit only Pattaya but also the surrounding places. The place is really heaven on earth. The best place to relax and enjoy some quality time with your friends and family. It has some of the best beaches and the nightlife is to die for. Once you go there you never want to come back home. It is such an amazing place.

  9. Thomas

    August 31, 2012 at 5:06 am

    I think Mexico has been wrongly stereotyped as place that is plagued with various kinds of problems. It is a very beautiful place filled with friendly people. I agree it has been inflicted by some problem but which country or state isn’t. People can safely go and visit Mexico for a mini medical vacation and return back with satisfying results.

  10. Jemmy

    September 5, 2012 at 3:33 am

    I visited various site and read many articles while I was trying to pack for my trip to Mexico but no one mentioned that one needs to buy coffee. That is the difference when you take advice from people who have lived there and understand the dynamics of the place rather then the people who have visited the place once or twice in their life. Tourists and guides don’t give such basic information because they don’t do research in depth and have only limited knowledge of the place.

  11. Jack

    September 6, 2012 at 4:32 am

    I had gone to Mexico and I agree that all the articles in the list are a must have for people who are going there for a vacation. I wish you had written this blog two years back, it would have saved me from lots of trouble. I cant emphasize how much important it is to carry a good sunscreen lotion. The heat there is unbearable.

  12. luis

    February 20, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Traveling to Mexico looking for Healthcare is a very good option, is very near the United States. And in Mexico there are state of the art medical facilities and very professional doctors.

    Great Article by the way

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