MORE GIRLY GUIDES FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS
Single women traveling in Mexico… Piece of cake? No way Jose? If you’re considering travel outside of the standard beach tourist traps, or gallivanting around colonial cities these tips will help you do it – it’s definitely a piece of cake!
Boobs, Legs and Bums Oh My! Mexico is a relatively conservative country, and though the female form is appreciated, dressing modestly is the way to go. As a tourist you’ll catch people’s attention, but you’ll command more respect by keeping the ‘girls’ under wraps, why even deal with unwanted attention if you don’t have to, right? Mexican women don’t generally wear shorts, dresses are the norm. The one time I donned shorts, while exploring Guanajuato, I felt like I had a target on my bum all day. I almost always carry a light wrap/shawl and throw it around my shoulders when entering churches, or out strolling in the evening. A warm wrap serves double-duty as a blanket when traveling on planes, trains and automobiles…
Pack lightly and only take as much as you can carry comfortably yourself. My travel profile is generally along these lines:
Layers + Compartmentalize.
Layer one = on my body, passport + half of my cash + credit cards, in an undergarment RFID-blocking fanny pack. This is my hidden emergency stash. I even stash a few bills tucked in a bra, shoe etc … just in case.
Layer two = small handbag, remainder of cash, and phone. This is also where I’ll carry any med’s, chapstick, glasses, etc – the necessary little things. I use Travelons’ Anti-Theft Classic Essential Messenger Bag – amazing RFID, slash-proof, anti theft features. This is what I would ‘give’ up if I were ever robbed (preserving the emergency stash under my clothes). It’s also small enough that it slides into the backpack/boho bag when boarding a plane… A get around for the ‘only one personal item allowed’ airline rule.
Layer three = backpack/boho type bag (preferable zippered). This is where I put my shawl/wrap, travel pillow, food, water bottle etc.
Now, to check or not to check.
If I’m traveling non stop to Mexico I usually check a small suitcase. It’s never wise to carry huge suitcases anywhere…unless you have a personal butler, which I unfortunately do not! I use a hard-sided 24″ case, with TSA locks built right into the unit (TJ MAXX sells these very reasonably). I write my destination info on a piece of paper and put it inside the case – old school tip.
My three-layered approach allows me to bring what I need, and still have a hand free, with my valuables literally on my body. A neat, compact profile that sends the message “I’m not helpless and I know what I’m doing”. Muy importante…
Avoiding the traveler’s tummy bug. Drink only filtered water, or even better, buy bottled water. Local unfiltered tap water can be dangerous, and even though filtered water is safe, the local fauna may not jibe with your local fauna. In other words, be aware and be picky.
Take LifeStraw if you’re going anywhere remote. These personal filtration systems are cool as heck! Take a pack of charcoal pills and swallow one as soon as you get those tell-tale signs. Words to live by, if you’re thinking about it enough where you feel something’s brewing… it surely is, so swallow some! They’re cheap, effective and they seriously work. Enough said.
Take Uber everywhere/whenever you have the option, and choose Uber X over an Uber pool for safety. Uber in Mexico is really cheap and taking an Uber X is only a few pesos more per ride. Money wisely spent.
Carry an external charger with you at all times – they’re cheap, and readily available online. The new solar power versions are a win-win! During the day you will find yourself walking, and exploring the city for long hours. A handy charger will give you a better chance of having enough battery for your Uber app, pictures and google maps. Again, well worth the effort before you set off on your adventure!
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