First step, even before you purchase tickets is to make sure everyone in your party has a valid, (UNEXPIRED)
or can get a passport in time for the trip.
Note: We've recently heard reports of airlines requiring that a passport NOT EXPIRE for 60 days from the date of the return flight. We're aren't sure of the logic behind this, but if your passport is near expiration, contact your airline for confirmation. Also, check that your drivers license, or legal identification, does not expire soon.
DO NOT travel to Mexico without purchasing travel insurance. Cacun's finest hospitals are expensive and trust us, you definitely want to be seen at one of the finer hospitals. Even with insurance, you'll have to pay for services with a credit card or wire transfer, then be reimbursed by your travel insurance. We currently use www.travelguard.com.
Inform your bank that you will be using your ATM and/or credit card in Mexico, including your dates of travel. Write down a number that you can contact in case your trip is extended for some reason.
We scan all of our documents, print copies to carry with us on our trip, and send copies to our email.
This includes hotel information, travel dates, and the scans of your travel documents. Leave this information with family members.
Scan, or copy your prescription information and make note of any medical information that could be
necessary in an emergency. Also take your eyeglass prescription, or extra glasses.
These are perfect for tips in the airport and hotel check-in. We also carry some cash, but there's no need to get pesos ahead of time.
Tape this checklist to the front of a large envelope and place items on the list inside as you acquire them.