When you’re a Member, you likely know what to expect in terms of resort offerings, the comfort of your room, and how to get back and forth to your destination. What you may not know, however, are all the ins and outs of traveling to Mexico with kids. Children can change up your plans and what may have been important to you before on trips to Mexico, might be totally different now that you have a little one in tow. To help plan for your Mexico family vacations, take the following tips into consideration so that your stay is as flawless as possible. 

1. Get your passports in order ahead of time

When flying into the country for your Mexico vacation, passengers of every age need a valid passport. Given the time constraints currently in place on getting passports, it is best to plan well ahead of time so that you aren’t stuck at immigration. If you are driving down or coming in on a boat, children under the age of 16 can use a birth certificate. 

2. Be sure to pack everything you need for feeding

If you are traveling to Mexico with a baby, be sure to pack everything you need for feeding, including bottles, formula, and cleaning supplies that work on the go. At Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, the deluxe suites and up come with a kitchen complete with pans you can sterilize baby bottles in and a microwave in the event that you bring microwavable bags for sterilizing bottles. 

3. Breast or bottle feed upon take off and landing

Making sure your ears are okay is essential for a comfortable flight and the same goes for your baby’s ears. In order to help them equalize, wait until the plane is ready to take off to breastfeed or bottle feed your baby because the sucking motion helps to unplug their ears. If you absolutely can’t wait, make sure to bring a pacifier or allow your child to nurse. 

4. Pack plane and resort-friendly toys for your child

When you’re traveling to Mexico with kids, you’ll be doing everyone a favor by packing a few small toys that don’t make a lot of noise. Items for the plane should include things that don’t have a lot of pieces that can fall on the floor, like magnetic puzzles, doodle boards, or search and find books. These items are also great for when you’re relaxing in your suite on your Mexico family vacations. 

5. Find out what essential items you can rent in your destination

When traveling to Mexico with a baby, check on the internet to find out what essential items you can rent in your destination so that you don’t have to lug them down with you on your flight. Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto may be able to provide a crib for guests with a baby as long as there is one available, and you may be able to acquire some items from rental companies in many destinations so that you don’t have to carry everything with you on your trips to Mexico. 

6. Bring your child’s favorite sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses

Protecting your child from the sun will be your most important job on your Mexico vacations, especially since a nasty sunburn can ruin everyone’s week. It is important to bring your preferred sunscreen down as the options in Mexico are limited and you might not find exactly what you’re looking for. 

7. Bring lightweight clothing and at least one sweatshirt

You might be surprised to learn that it can get chilly at night in Mexico, but even when the days are hot, the nightly breeze comes in to cool things off. Packing lightweight clothes and something to layer on over them is your best bet for avoiding discomfort when traveling to Mexico with kids. 

8. Drink only purified water

On Mexico family vacations, it is important to drink only purified water. As a member, you may think you’re accustomed to life in Mexico, but there is nothing worse than having a loved one who can’t leave the bathroom. Stick to bottled water, rinse your pasta and vegetables in purified water, and avoid eating uncooked produce at vendors on the street. If you plan on feeding your child homemade baby food on your trips to Mexico, make sure to rinse them in purified water, and always use purified water when preparing bottles. 

When you are traveling to Mexico with a baby or children, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed, but with a little planning and general knowledge of your surroundings, it is even easier to have the time of your life. Prepare a few things ahead of your trip, take advantage of the awesome activities at the resort, and relax as you and your loved ones make incredible memories. 

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