• Broad brim sun hat with strap and/or visor, baseball cap and/or buff for sun protection
  • Warm hat for evenings*
  • T-shirts
  • Shorts (quick dry are best)
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Fleece jacket and/or sweatshirt
  • Waterproof windbreaker
  • Swimsuits
  • Lightweight long pants
  • Rainpants*
  • Socks
  • Sneakers or lightweight boots
  • Aqua socks or Teva-type sandals
  • Lightweight long underwear*
  • Casual town clothes
  • Sarong or sundress


  • Sunglasses with strap
  • Small day or fanny pack
  • Water bottle x 2 so you can always have one in the cooler.
  • Small beach towel
  • Toiletries
  • Flashlight/headlamp
  • Sunscreen
  • 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)


  • -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 and Baja Wildlife Extravaganzas.

* These items are recommended for trips taking place from December through mid-March only – Note: Synthetic fabrics (ie. polar fleece & capilene) not cotton are best for keeping warm in wet environments.
** Available for rent in Baja

Optional 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. For your small personal items that you want to keep handy, such as camera, binoculars or clothes.
  • -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 extra 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.
  • -Binoculars for bird watching
  • -Pocket knife (must be packed in checked luggage, not carry-on)
  • -Reading materials
  • -During the warmer months of October, November, late April and May IF not using a wetsuit for snorkeling you may want to bring light weight long sleeved shirts and pants (quick-dry, light weight capilene or merino wool work well) or a skin (lycra) to snorkel in for protection from the sun and possibly “stingy things” in the water. These can even be used under wetsuits for added insulation during cooler months.