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    by deadites Updated Feb 9, 2004

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: It goes without saying whenever you travel to Mexico pack Imodium and Pepto Bismol in case of 'turista'.
    Imodium is good if you need immediate relief (you have a flight to catch), but since it's best to evacuate the nasty germs causing it, Pepto is better for just slowing you down and making you feel a bit more comfortable.

    Natural remedies that supposedly work are acidophillus tablets. They coat the intestinal tract with good bacteria thereby preventing the bad bacteria from having a place to latch on. This is good as preventative measures or if you do contract 'turista' an echinacea/goldenseal combo might also do the trick in getting rid of it. I haven't tested either of these methods myself, just going by net information and health store. I did give my children (5 and 8)acidophillus when I took them for 2 weeks last year and neither of them came down with 'turista' and they got into everything..

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sunscreen!

    Don't let the lack of beaches in Mexico City fool you, the sun is as strong. If you're fair skinned, cover up and wear a hat if you plan on hiking around the city.

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    by flyingpig Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: No matter how careful you are and even if you are blessed with a cast-iron stomach, you need to face a basic fact: you will get diarrhea at some stage in Mexico City! Everybody from the US or Europe does, simply because the standard of hygiene is much lower in Mexico (no criticism, just a fact).

    I and my friends spent several weekends exploring every inch of our toilets after succulent meals in the best restaurants in town (which I shall not name here). Seafood must only be had from restaurants like the Crab House where you can guarantee it is fresh - food poisoning happens mostly from eating seafood or drinking contaminated water.

    Anyhow, just don't forget a few caplets of imodium, because you are going to need them, trust me.

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