Wear a fanny pack for valuables instead of strap
purses or back pocket wallets which are easy to steal.
Try not to carry large quantities
of cash on your person, and never show large bills or count money in public areas. Purchase
a money belt or other hidden security pocket for under
Most luggage stores sell them.
When traveling with a spouse
or companion, have one person carry one brand of credit
card (Visa) and the other carry a different brand (M/C).
If one person looses their wallet only one card has to
be cancelled, giving use of the other one. This
also works good with two ATM debit cards if they are
drawing cash from different bank accounts. Leave extra credit
cards at home.
jewelry with you. Flashy expensive
jewelry makes you a target for theft.
Keep a low profile: Do not wear bright extravagant cloths
that make you stand out. Try to blend in with the
locals as much as you can.
For personal safety when on outings, make sure all
persons traveling with you know the importance of being
back punctually at agreed upon times. Always know
where your friends and relatives are! Report to
local police promptly if persons are overdue from outings.
Avoid daring bathing suits
that might draw unwanted attention. While accepted
in resort areas, they are unsuitable in smaller rural
coastal towns. You could be attacked or arrested.
Bathing suits and immodest or outlandish clothing are
inappropriate for shopping and sightseeing. You
would show lack of respect for Mexican customs and
Never carry all your
forms of ID in the same place; split them up in case of
loss or theft. Record your credit card and passport
numbers and store them separate from credit cards.
Do not carry large bladed knives or other items which
could be mistaken for weapons. This could cause you
serious problems with Mexican customs and/or local police.
If bringing travelers checks, swap the registry of check
numbers with your traveling companion. If your
checks go missing you will have your numbers when
you phone for replacement checks.
Try not to walk alone or drive a car at night or in remote
areas. Take a small toy plastic whistle to draw
attention if you are in personal danger. Only take
rides from taxis that are stationed at taxi stands.
Catching one on the go could prove to be unsafe,
especially in large cities.
Take these important phone numbers with you to call in
• Friends & Relatives
||• Travel & Medical Insurance
||• Lost & Stolen Credit Card
|• Travelers Check Company hotlines
||• Airline Check-in numbers
||• Canadian Embassy/Consulates