Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mexico: What do I pack?

Mexico has two seasons; the dry season extending from late November to early June and the rainy season which extends from June to November. The height of tourist season is during the dry season between November and June, specifically as it is not the rainy season!

The climate in Mexico during the rainy season is very humid while the temperatures range all year from the low 40’s to the mid 80’s. When the climate is hot, loose and light cotton clothing is recommended. It can get cool after sunset, so bring a sweatshirt if you’re out and about and definitely wear long pants as the mosquitoes bite at night! In the summer time, your choice of clothing is essential to your well-being on your trip.

Key Items that should be on your Checklist:

- plenty of sunscreen
- sun hat or other covering
- sunglasses
- comfortable walking shoes
- a water bottle/filtration kit (staying hydrated is important on your trip)
- power converter/adapter (make sure your electronics are compatible)
- traveler guides/ maps
- a camera

… And don’t forget to stop at your Passport Health location to pick up a mosquito kit which includes appropriate repellents containing DEET, as well as a kit for traveler’s diarrhea (ahem... Montezuma's Revenge!) including antibiotics and re-hydration powders.

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