Mosquito bites and sunburn are also common problems for holidaymakers, so packing a first aid kit is a good idea – even if you just pack a few over-the-counter medications in a plastic food bag. Some good ideas for your Mexico holiday First Aid kit are:

  • Antibacterial hand wipes
  • Calamine cream for sunburn or bites
  • Domperidone for vomiting
  • Loperamide for diarrhoea
  • Painkillers
  • Plasters and plaster strip
  • TCP or other liquid antiseptic
  • Tweezers and scissors.

Sun sense in Mexico

The sun is ferocious in Mexico so make sure you drink plenty of water – always mineral water from sealed bottles only – and stay in the shade when the sun is at its hottest. You should also take:

  • Factor 50 or 60 sun cream
  • Aftersun
  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Loose shirt or cover-up for beach or pool.

Dress sense in Mexico

As well as the beach, there are plenty of archaeological sites to visit in Mexico, so comfortable loose clothing like shorts (knee length are best to protect your knees from getting sunburned) or long loose skirts for women are a good idea.

Shoes should be comfortable rather than high fashion – opt for closed toes for sightseeing and avoid metal decorations on sandals or plastic sandals, as these can overheat in strong sunshine and burn your feet. Choose soft leather shoes with comfortable soles – and take two pairs so you can alternate them.

Mexico is a Catholic country and if visiting religious sites, take a shawl to cover shoulders and avoid wearing tiny shorts or skirts and low-cut T-shirts when visiting churches. The monsoon season in Mexico is between June and November, so pack a light raincoat and brolly if visiting at these times.

Currency

The peso is the official currency of Mexico, but taking travellers’ cheques is the safest bet – and keep any currency in a moneybelt. The US dollar and even the Euro are also accepted at some outlets in Mexico.

Crime

Crime in Mexico is always a risk, although tourists should be alert rather than permanently terrified – stick to your tour party and do not go wandering off or drive into areas you do not know.

Car jackings are not unknown in Mexico, so make sure you know your way around if you are driving in Mexico – buy a map and study it, take a reputable travel guide and use GPS on your smartphone to get about. Apps are widely available and easy to download, so use all the travel resources available to you to keep safe.

And if you are driving in Mexico, make sure you take out holiday insurance to cover any accidents and medical care needed as a result.

When pursuing Mexico illness claim abroad it is key to instruct someone who knows the law and exactly what they are doing. A holiday illness solicitor is the best person to hire.