Baja Sea Kayaking Clothing and Equipment List
During February, March and April, daytime air temperatures along the Baja coast will range from 75 to 85 degrees, with light afternoon breezes. With the aridity the nights can drop to the 50’s. During mid-day, we erect shade tarps but light cotton clothing also provides comfort and protection from the strong Baja sun.
Water temperature is 70-75 degrees, and we have light wetsuits available for extended snorkeling. Although we expect beautiful balmy weather, stormy winds occasionally intrude into the usually gracious Sea of Cortez.
Follow the list closely and you will be comfortable throughout the trip. Feel free to adapt according to previous camping and kayaking experience.
SEA TREK provides:
All commissary, kayaking gear, fiberglass doubles and singles, Surftech Paddleboards, lightweight Werner paddles, Extrasport pfd’s, Seal sprayskirts, enough dry bags for all your clothing (1 large, 2 small), a large net bag (for dive gear), 3 mil wetsuits, and a roomy two-person tent. Inflatable sleeping pads, sleeping bags, and snorkeling gear on request at no extra charge.
Extra baggage, clothing, etc., that you don’t need during the Baja kayaking trip will be stored securely at the hotel in Loreto. Here’s an example of how things will be packed for the kayaking portion of the trip. The larger Sea Trek dry bag will hold your sleeping bag, pillow (small one) and some clothes. The medium bag will hold the rest of your clothes and items you wish to keep dry. The smaller dry bag can be used as a deck bag while kayaking (holding sunscreen, camera, windbreaker etc.). Finally, the mesh bag is convenient for carrying your gear from your kayak to your campsite and visa-versa.
- 4 t-shirts plus 1 thin polypro shirt for paddling
- 1 long sleeve shirt- light cotton for sun protection
- fleece sweater and puffy jacket (the desert gets chilly at night)
- 1 wind-jacket/paddling jacket (water resistant)
- warm fleece hat or beanie
- Sun hat with tie-down strap (for wind) secured via a barrel lock
- 2 pairs shorts: one quick-drying nylon for paddling, cotton or nylon for hiking
- 2 pair socks plus one lightweight pair for sandals for sun protection
- 1 pair lightweight pants for daytime sun protection (nylon windbreaker type pants work well)
- 1 pair warm pants(pile pants work great) for nighttime warmth
- Casual clothes for 2 travel days and last evening in Loreto.
- 1 pair for walking (e.g. running shoes or light hiking shoes)
- 1 pair for kayaking (e.g. Teva-type sport sandals; neoprene booties or water shoes—sturdy enough to walk over some rocks)
- 1 pair paddling gloves (biking gloves OK)
- 1 one-quart plastic water bottles
- 2 bandannas to clean sunglasses, etc.
- Sunglasses with retention strap (e.g. Chums or Croakies)
- Waterproof sun-screen (including lip screen)
- Toiletries: toothbrush, etc.
- Saltwater shampoo and soap (Camp Suds and Dr. Bronner work well)
- 1 medium size towel
- ditty bag to hold your personal toiletries and medications
- flashlight, or head lamp + extra batteries
- snorkel, mask, fins
- lightweight compact sleeping bag with stuff sack (Those who “sleep cold” should bring a bag rated to approximately 32° Fahrenheit.)
- compact sleeping pad (self-inflating Therma-rest or ensolite foam)
- camera (in waterproof box or bag and extra batteries)
- fishing gear (lightweight collapsible)
- reading material
- pen and paper for journal
Yoga Equipment (for Yoga trip)
- yoga mat
- mexican cotton blanket
- eye pillow
Ideally, on the water you are wearing quick drying clothes like a short or long sleeve lightweight polypro (wool or synthetic) shirt. At night it can get chilly so bring layers and don’t forget a windbreaker.