Finally we are crossing the border and chasing the sunshine down south! We imagined this moment months before Thelma was even close to being remodeled. You could say it was our ultimate destination in our #VanLife itinerary.
As you can imagine excitement levels were off the charts. And when Clark gets excited, certain things can start to be “overlooked”. If you have watched the latest Misadventure Theory Vlog then you know our first attempt at crossing the border did not go smoothly.
We figured we could help out the next traveler and post our
Top 5 Tips to Cross the Mexican Border
So you don’t end up back in the States 4 hours after crossing into Mexico like we did!
Breathe! Seriously it’s not that big of a deal. Reading through endless articles and posts online only adds to the stress so don’t do it. Learn about the essentials like getting your tourist visa, fastest way out of Tijuana and best taco joint to stop at for lunch. If we had slowed down even 1/10th of the pace we were going then I guarantee our first attempt would have been successful.
If your rig is bigger than a VW Bus then go to the trailer crossing side where the big X-ray machine is. We thought it was only for auto buses and semis but after trying the regular car entrance we were promptly redirected. One upset Federali and 30 cones being moved later we were getting Thelma her first X-ray.
Don’t try to record video at the border. This might be a “no duh” moment for everyone but Clark figured it make great Vlog footage. The Federali felt differently.
You don’t need to get your tourist visa early. It’s very simple and easy at the border. At the San Ysidro crossing the Tourist office and Bank to pay your fee are right next to each other. There’s no driving involved and can usually be taken care of in less than 5 minutes.
Don’t forget the debit card in the ATM!! This takes us back to Tip 1. Just slow down and think about every monotonous task that you usually take for granted. You are now in a foreign country, with a different language so even the simplest of things become difficult.
We hope to have helped future Baja travelers avoid any headaches at the border and get to the fish tacos and cervezas that much quicker! Check out our first Baja Vlog below and stay tuned for the rest of our Mexican adventure coming soon!