- Broad brim sun hat with strap and/or visor, baseball cap and/or buff for sun protection
- Warm hat for evenings*
- T-shirts/rash guard/synthetic short sleeved shirts
- Shorts (quick dry are best)
- Long sleeve shirt
- Fleece jacket or sweater
- Waterproof windbreaker/rain jacket
- Lightweight long pants
- Sneakers or lightweight boots
- Aqua shoes or water sandals (this is a personal preference, sand will get into aqua shoes and is difficult to remove and your feet remain wet inside so we prefer sandals over shoes)
- Lightweight long underwear*
- Casual town clothes
- Sarong or sundress (for the warmer months of October, November, April and May)
- Sunglasses with strap
- Small day or fanny pack
- Water bottle x 2 so you can always have one in the cooler.
- Small beach towel
- Lip balm with sunscreen
- Ziploc bags for personal garbage in tents
- Earplugs in case of snoring neighbors or wind flapping tents
- Biodegradable soap/shampoo for salt water (Campsuds, Joy or Dawn work great)
- Compact camp pillow (included at luxury base camps)
Equipment Available for rent in Baja. For prices https://www.kayakbaja.com/what-to-bring/#gear-for-rent
- -Snorkel gear (mask, snorkel & fins) for Sea of Cortez trips only. NOT necessary at whale camp in Magdalena Bay.
- -Wet suit (for snorkeling on Sea of Cortez trips from late Nov-May – NOT for paddling). Most our wetsuits are 3MM thick, long-sleeved, short pants with a front zipper.
- -Sleeping bag and pad (pads are included at luxury base camps).
- -Please note canvas walk-in tents, with 2 cots, pads and pillows ARE included at our luxury base camps. This includes ALL our Magdalena Bay whale watching trips and on Espiritu Santo Island trips from mid-December through mid-March ONLY including Quick Getaways, Baja Wildlife Extravaganza, Best of Baja, Espiritu Santo Wildlife Expedtion, From Sea to Sierra and Whales and Desert Trails Trips.
* Please note weather in Baja varies greatly from month to month. *These items are recommended for trips taking place from December through mid-March although the weather in Baja is unpredictable. We prefer you have too much rather than not enough clothes to keep you warm if the weather turns cool which can occur in March, April and November as well although these months normally present a milder, warmer climate. October and May are most certainly the warmest months of the kayak season running from October through May – Note: Synthetic fabrics (ie. polar fleece & capilene) not cotton are best for keeping warm in wet environments.
Optional yet recommended items
- -Kayak seat pad. A kayak seat pad can add a great deal of comfort to your paddling experience, especially on extended paddling trips such as the Baja Coast or Espiritu Santo Island. If you are less that 5’3″ tall, we highly suggest bringing a thick kayak seat pad to elevate you in your seat while paddling for extra comfort.
- -Small dry bag approximately 10×20 liters or 10″ wide x 20″ high for your small personal items that you want to keep handy, such as camera, binoculars or extra clothes while paddling.
- -Paddling gloves. Some people use these to protect their hands, especially on our longer kayak trips.
- -Underwater flashlight. On our fall trips in October and early November, when the water is the warmest, we sometimes offer a night snorkel outing to observe the nocturnal creatures of the sea. If you are interested, bring an underwater flashlight with fully charged batteries.
- -Extra snacks. Although we provide plenty of food and some snacks, if you have a high metabolism, you may want to bring along a few of your own favorite snacks.
- -Camera. Don’t forget your camera with plenty of memory and extra batteries or charging unit (we have the ability to charge devices using 110 plug in at all camps).
- -Binoculars for bird watching (not necessary for whale watching).
- -Pocket knife (must be packed in checked luggage, not carry-on).
- -Reading materials.
- -Insect repellent which may be essential during the months of October and November following the rainy season.
- -During the warmer months of October, November, late April and May when the water is too warm for using a wetsuit for snorkeling you may want to bring light weight long sleeved shirts and pants (quick-dry, light weight rash guard, capilene or merino wool work well) or a skin (lycra) to snorkel in for protection from the sun and possible “stingy things” in the water. These can also be used under wetsuits for added insulation during cooler months.