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by Ssregina Regina (2019-02-14)

Choose a reputable lodging. Using review websites like DeepSearchPro Review Tripadvisor, select establishments with good ratings from past travelers, especially with regard to personal service and security. Don't limit your choice to the big, brand-name hotel chains. More often, the smaller inns, B&Bs, and vacation rentals are better options since they provide personalized service and attention from the hosts. Your hosts will look after you and can offer ready advice and assistance in case something goes awry. Reserve your lodging at the earliest possible time - the best accommodations are the first to be fully booked.Travel light. Pack only what is essential. In the event of an emergency, lighter bags allow you a greater ease of movement. Leave expensive jewelry and valuables at home, including your laptop, as cyber-cafes are widely available throughout Mexico. Take a "beater" camera that won't identify you as a tourist or present a temptation to a snatch-and-run artist. The less you bring, the less you are at risk of losing to travel damages, loss or theft.Back up your travel documents. Make 2 photocopies of your passports, plane tickets, credit cards, IDs, itineraries, lodging contact info, emergency numbers, etc. Leave one set with a trusted person at home, and bring the other set with you, packed separately from the original documents. Or scan these documents and email them to yourself. These backup copies will be essential in case you lose the original documents. If you take medication, remember to bring a copy of your prescriptions.Split your cash, ATM cards, and credit cards into two sets. Jot down the international phone numbers of your credit cards and banks. The 800 toll- free numbers used in the US do not work in Mexico. Using slim, on-body moneybelts (under clothing) is a great way to keep your money safe but handy.Check insurance coverage. If you can afford it, opt to get travel health insurance. If you have existing health insurance, make sure that your destination is covered. You will also want to list the accredited medical institutions in your destination. If you are taking a car to Mexico, you need Mexican car insurance, which you can easily get online or in border towns.Learn some basic Spanish phrases. You'll need to be able to ask for the locations of bathrooms, and know how to ask for medical and police assistance in the case of emergencies.