Trips to Mexico are always noteworthy. There are always risks when you travel to a foreign country, and going to Mexico is no exception. However, Mexico is not as hazardous as it may seem; with some basic precautions, it can actually be pretty safe. Just remember to take a few safety precautions during your trip. Here are some you should think about.
Understand Local Culture
Whenever you travel to a new place, you should take some time beforehand to learn about the local culture. Remember: you are a guest in the country, so you should take extra precautions to be respectful of customs and local landmarks. Like any country, Mexico has areas that are safer to be in than others. While there are some legitimate concerns for tourists, fortunately, most of the trouble spots are mapped out for tourists who do their research. Pay attention to the local news and try to avoid any hot spots for crime. Also, try to avoid confrontations and keep in groups, even pairs. This should keep you safe.
Keep Personal Security in Mind
When you’re a foreigner visiting a country, sometimes there are people who want to take advantage of you as a tourist. Although most people you meet will likely be kind and welcoming, it’s always good to be prepared for any bad situation. Before going on vacation, it’s a good idea to take a basic self-defense course if you haven’t already. When you arrive, follow basic security measures. Do not flash cash or expensive jewelry/watches around, keep everyone in your group together, and keep an eye on those around you. If you can, make sure that you have access to some sort of non-lethal self-defense option, such as pepper spray or a taser. When you are driving, make sure that you lock the car up and keep the keys with you at all times. Never leave a running vehicle alone.
Inspect Your Vehicle
If you decide to drive to get to Mexico, there are some extra precautions you should take to make sure your vehicle is ready for the trip. Make sure that your vehicle has nothing wrong with it. The engine should be in good condition, and make sure that you apply a tire gauge to the tires as improper pressure causes blowouts when a car is not inspected regularly. Also, make sure every gauge works and gives a reasonably accurate reading; you do not want to run out of fuel. Your vehicle will keep you on track and safe, so make sure it works well.
Watch What You Eat
Mexico has some wonderful cuisine, but if you’re not used to it or careful where you get it from, you may find yourself getting travelers’ diarrhea. When it comes to your safety in Mexico, one of the areas most people forget about is the food. Drinking alcohol should keep you safe, with some occasional fruit juices. If you are not completely sure about the food, do not eat it. There are too many vacations that have been ruined by something someone ate causing stomach upset.
Mexico may present some safety issues for tourists, but with a few basic precautions, it will be a reasonably safe trip. There are a number of great spots in Mexico, just remember to gauge the situation well, and those spots should be memorable for all the right reasons.