Traveling to Tijuana U.S. Citizens are required to have a valid passport to enter Mexico. Be aware that U.S. insurance is typically not valid in Mexico. However, short-term insurance is available for purchase near the border. The Mexican City of Tijuana is just ten miles south of San Diego. Famous for its bargain shopping and wild nightlife you can find handcrafted jewelry, leather, cuban cigars, bargain priced alcoholic beverages and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. Traffic delays across the border can be quite long so it is easier to take the tram from downtown San Diego or drive and park your car in one of the large parking lots on the US side.
How to Dress: Since you probably will be sightseeing, dress casual, comfortable and climate appropriate according to the season and destination. Always wear good walking shoes for those sightseeing tours, adventure parks or self guided excursions. If you plan to visit a fine dining restaurant in the evening you may want to take it up a notch depending on your dining choice.
Packing Tips: Avoid wearing shoes, clothing, and jewelry that contain metal. Refrain from bringing wrapped presents. Put all undeveloped film and cameras with film in your carryon baggage. Checked baggage screening equipment will damage undeveloped film. Carry on baggage is limited to one carry on bag plus one personal item. Personal items include laptops, purses, small backpacks, briefcases, or camera cases. All gels and liquids must be in 3oz containers or less and placed in a clear plastic zip-top one quart bag. One zip-top bag per person. Keep the plastic zip-top baggie out of your hand carried bag, as you will need to place it in a security bin for screening. Exemptions are larger amounts of required medications, baby formula and diabetic glucose treatment, which must be declared to security officers at the entrance to the check-point for screening. Checked baggage is limited to two per passenger. Do not over pack. Each checked bag may weigh 50 pounds, if you are traveling domestically.
Security Screening Tips: Recommended times for passengers to check in before scheduled departure is 120 minutes. Only passengers holding a boarding pass will be allowed through the security checkpoint to their departure gate. All passengers will need to provide a valid state or federal government-issued picture identification at time of check in, and is required at security checkpoints. Knives and other cutting instruments, club like items such as baseball bats, golf clubs, pool cues, are prohibited beyond the security checkpoint. If your bag is selected for secondary screening, it may be opened and examined on a table in your presence. Passengers are required to take off their shoes before going through metal detector.
While in Transit
Meals on Board the Aircraft: Many airlines have done away with complimentary in-flight meals. Most, however still offer soft drinks free of charge. Many of the airlines have gone to "No Cash" policy for onboard purchases. They will only accept a Credit or Debit card. Check with your particular airline for more information.
During your flight: Chew on gum, yawn or suck on hard candies to help relieve the pressure that builds in your ears. Drink plenty of water. Do light stretching exercises. The relatively low humidity in the cabin can increase allergy or asthma symptoms. Take preventative measures as necessary.
To combat jet lag: Reset your watch to the destinations time as soon as you get on the plane. Eat before you get on the plane so hunger does not prevent you from sleeping on the flight. If you're using a blanket, buckle your seat belt over the blanket. That way, a flight attendant checking seat belts won't awaken you. If it's daytime when you arrive but nighttime at home, don't sleep. Instead, try doing some light exercise, like walking, to help revive your body and stop it from producing sleep-inducing hormones.
Flying during pregnancy: It is generally recommended that women not fly at all during their last six weeks of pregnancy. Some airlines require pregnant passengers to provide a doctor's statement and women should always consult their obstetricians before traveling.
Traveling with Children: Consider a redeye flight. This increases the chance that your youngster will be able to sleep through the majority of the trip. While any child under two is not required to have their own seat, they may be happier if they do. If you do use a car seat, make sure it has been certified for air travel. Bring toys the children have never used, the newness will hold their attention longer. Bring plenty of juice. Finger foods are a great distraction. When traveling with your baby, give him or her a bottle or pacifier to suck on during takeoff and landing. This will help normalize pressure on the ears and keep your baby comfortable.
Travelers with Special Needs: Please advise your airline in advance to arrange any special services to ensure assistance. Most airlines transport personal wheelchairs including folding, collapsible or non-folding manual wheelchairs, and electric/battery powered wheelchairs and electric powered carts.
Transportation: We do offer rental cars and airport transfers at our California destinations. Cars are highly recommended if you plan to do sightseeing on your own. We do offer a large array of guided tours and transfers to and from many of the adventure parks. The Anaheim area has ART (Anaheim Resort Transit) that will, for a fee provide shuttle service to/from Disneyland Park and local hotels, as well as the Amtrak Train Station.
Getting to the Airport: Allow plenty of time. If you're driving a rental car be sure to leave yourself enough time to fill the gas tank, get the car turned in and transit to the departure terminal. Plan to arrive at the airport at least 2 hours prior to departure.