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5 Travel Tips for Vacationing with Kids in Mexico

Nov 13, 2012 | No Responses

There is value in finding good travel tips, especially if you’re traveling with kids.  Last week I arrived in Cancun, 4 month daughter in tow.  Many said I was crazy, but I wanted her to experience friends, sights, and smells as early as possible.  I wanted her to fall in love with Mexico just as I did.

Traveling with kids is much more exhausting than doing it alone.  There’s double, and sometimes triple the amount of cargo to lug around, which makes every pound count!  This was my first time traveling with a baby.  Packing list after packing list the revisions never seemed to end.  The entire process became an obsession.

Luckily traveling with kids to Cancun is not difficult.  Many of the major ‘big-box’ grocery stores stock diapers, formula, bottles, teethers, bath products, and distilled water for babies.

 

DIAPERS

In Mexico the variety of diapers is lacking.  Also consider the sizing.  My daughter is a 2 at home and between a 2 and 3 in Mexico.  The one thing I believe in is buying good quality diapers, but in Mexico the lower quality is more readily available than the premium.

So, taking into consideration the above my suggestion don’t stress if you can only bring a days worth of diapers. Diapers are also sold in Oxxos (convient store chain) . But, if you can spare the space, stuff every available corner with a diaper.

FOOD

Baby food, and baby formula are both available at most major stores, but again you’re options are limited.  Walmart offers a healthy selection of formula for all ages.

TIP #1:

When considering a new brand of food the best option is to note all the ingredients from your current brand, and compare when you arrive in Mexico.  A little leg work, but finding the right formula is important.

If you still sterilize bottles then consider microwaveable bags.  They are not the most ecologically friendly option, but they free up time, and time is priceless on vacation.  Each bag fits 4 small bottles, and lasts 20 nukes.  I paid $18 for a box of 5.

Ask the landlord prior to booking if there is a microwave.  If not, you can always chance your luck by requesting one.  Many times they’ll try to accommodate.  The service is very good in Mexico.

TI P #2:

If you are traveling to a hot climate try and give your baby water.  Keep a 3 oz. bottle of distilled baby water on hand, and throughout the day sneak in a few sips.  If you feel your baby might be dehydrated check the soft spot on her head.  If it is sunken in than she might need to hydrate.

Nobody drinks from the taps in Mexico.  Babies are super sensitive, so buy a few bottles of Gerber Water.  4L will cost you 15 pesos, less than 2 pesos per bottle!

TIP #3:

Managing feedings while en route to your destination can be a bit of a juggling act.  Someone suggested I buy pre-made formula.  A case of 6 lasts me about a day.  They are more expensive, but the extra cost is definitely worth it.

 

BATH

Share body wash with your kids.  Cutting out excess liquids lightens your luggage by an easy few pounds.  When I am faced with an overweight bag I always take out the toiletries.  If you plan to do a trip to the grocery store the day you arrive then I would suggest you buy all those necessities when you get to Cancun.  It’s also a third the price!  Now you can justify the added costs from pre-made formula.

TIP #4:

If you have a baby my best advice is to bring an inflatable tub.  Your rental options open up if you remove bathtub from your wish-list.  An inflatable tub will run you$15-$25CDN.

 

TOYS

This was a tough one.  Along with 3 toys, and 1 teether I brought a handful of books (the best traveling companions).  Kid’s books are lightweight, and slide nicely down the side of any suitcase or carry-on.  Hardcover books can also be used as a table.  The perfect workstation for colouring or eating.

TIP #5:

When considering a rental unit always confirm fans throughout the house, or better yet air conditioning!  If you’re traveling to Cancun with kids in the summer months there is nothing that will save you from the heat, the breeze is adds no reliefand the nights are no cooler.  AC is a must if you’re traveling with kids July, August, and September.

 

FLYING TIPS:

  • Bring a few books.
  • Make sure you’re topped up on baby wipes because they are also great for sanitizing hands.
  • Try and have your baby sucking on a bottle or teether during take-off and landing.  This will prevent their ears from popping.
  • Buy pre-made formula.

SHOPPING:

Downtown Cancun has it all.  Throughout the city you will find Walmarts, Chedrauis, Mega Stores, and Sorianas.  Through my experience I have found Walmart to have the best selection of food, and diapers.

ACCOMMODATIONS:

There are a few things you should always inquire about when looking for a vacation rental:

  • Air Conditioning/Fans throughout.
  • Microwave.
  • Bathtub (not mandatory if you plan to bring the inflatable tub).
  • Proximity to Stores (in case you need to do a last minute run).
  • If you do plan to sterilize, and only have a kitchenette, ask the landlord if grill tops are permitted.
  • Are there laundry facilities, or a lavendaria close by?

In the beginning the task did seem a little overwhelming, but now that I’m done it really isn’t too bad. Traveling with kids does not have to be difficult.  All you need is a little strategic planning, and patience.

Author: Janelle Brandon

As our dedicated travel writer, Janelle scours Cancun and the Riviera Maya for all the cool things to do around here. From working and living to getting around, and, of course, the best beaches (she loves her sun and sand). Janelle lets you know how it is. As our Chief Operations Officer she makes sure we are not skipping out on work to laze on the beach (although sometimes she joins us). She's a pleasure to have around and always making us laugh with her crazy stories.

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