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SUGGESTED PACKING LIST: BAJA

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___ Passport             
___ Rain gear (durable, not a flimsy thin plastic style--bring both a top and bottom )
___ 1 Bathing suit
___ 3-4 T-Shirts
___ 1-2 Long-sleeved shirts (one quick dry/light weight; cotton ok for sun protection; the other should be a lightweight synthetic material such as  polyester or lightweight fleece

            material that keeps the body warm even when wet)
___ 3-4 Pairs of shorts (quick dry and light weight )
___ 2 Pairs  long pants (one pair of quick dry nylon and one pair of medium rated fleece or sweat pants)
___ 1 Medium rated sweatshirt  made of capilene/fleece or other synthetic material that

                         keeps the body warm even when wet (non cotton)

___ One ski cap or beanie for warmth

___ Hat with visor or wide rim

___ Waterproof Windbreaker or paddling jacket (or you may use your rain jacket top as a windbreaker)
___ 1 Pair of hiking shoes (either a sturdy tennis shoe or lightweight hiking boot  or you
may hike in a keen style sandal that offers toe protection).

 ___ 1 Pair of old tennis shoes, Aqua socks/ surf booties or sandals that are attached with a heel strap that can get wet/dirty

                   Our staff likes Keen sandals that offer some toe protection.
___ 2 Pairs of socks (one pair for hiking and one to use with fins if not wearing booties)
___ 1 Bath towel (sarongs are nice to have instead of bulky beach towels)
___ Bandana (very versatile item; can be worn as a "do rag" among other things)

___ Small Dry Bag to protect personal gear such as cameras, extra clothing and binoculars while kayaking
___ Underwear
___ Toiletries (toothbrush, paste, lotions, aloe, etc,)
___ Sunscreen ( 20 or higher strength) & lip balm with sunscreen

___ Good body lotion for replenishing dry skin
___ Sunglasses with leash
___ Insect repellent anti- itch cream - for insect bites
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__   Avon Skin So Soft bath oil, small amount (6 oz) which can be diluted with 1/2 water....a gentle but effective defense against sand gnats (no see ems) or the

                   Avon Skin so Soft Bug Guard Plus also wards off sand gnats
___ Personal medicines ( anti diarrhea,bandaids,neosporine, pain reliever)
___ Joy dishwashing soap for laundry and saltwater baths (Joy, Dawn and CampSuds are biodegradable; Dr. Brommer's is not recommended)

__   Quart size water bottle

___ Duffel bag for your clothing and other personal gear, line on the inside with a garbage bag
___ Mask fins & snorkel - check with a local dive shop for proper fit or you may rent set in La Paz for $15
or separate items for $10

___ Wetsuit - 3mm long sleeve with short pants (or full body) for comfort while snorkeling or you may rent in La Paz for $15

___ 1 Sleeping bag- non cotton style; compact and medium rated or you may rent in La Paz for $15

___ Sleeping pad such as a Thermarest or can be rented in La Paz for $15 or combined sleeping bag with pad for $20
___ 3 Garbage bags for waterproofing gear or packing wet items
___ Flashlight or head lamp and extra batteries
___ Clothes pins for hanging wet clothes on lines around camp

___ Clothes to travel home in and causal wear for our hotel stays

OPTIONAL GEAR:

Extra camera batteries, memory card and charger                                                                     

Waterproof Camera our guides and clients like the Olympus Tough Waterproof Series                 

Binoculars-pack both camera and binoculars in dry bag    

Journal with pens or colored pens/ watercolor set   

Light weight synthetic jacket such as the Patagonia Nano Puff  could be used along with a light weight polyester shirt instead of a heavier medium fleece

Rash Guard --can  be purchased at surf shops or many kayak shops such Kayak Connection or REI; provides sun protection and warmth in water; we like Mysterioso rash guard tops that  are lightweight and provide extra warmth

Dive Booty ask at a dive shop if bringing your own fins, some fins with back straps should be worn with a booty, fins that are rented in La Paz do not need a booty

1 Pair of flip flops

Ear plugs                                                                                                                                         

1-2 Sarongs  

Wetsuit hood  

Carabiners- for attaching items to kayaks

Waterproof flashlight or dive light    

Waterproof watch                                                                                                                                

Small Day pack or fanny pack --compact, for personal items when walking around town or hiking

         line the inside of a day pack with a garbage bag we like heavy style compressor bags for waterproofing our daypacks

Your Favorite Adult Beverage or Snacks -can be purchased in La Paz before we depart

Preferred Tea or instant Starbuck Coffee packages to add additional strength to coffee provided on trip            

Small Dry Box (i.e. Pelican boxes) to organize and waterproof miscellaneous items such as camera, sunscreen

Soft cloth or "camera air brush" to remove fine sand from camera or other electronics  

 

Sea Sickness Medication: If you are prone to sea sickness, we highly recommend bringing some form of prevention. Medications such as Bonine or Dramamine are usually effective although drowsiness or thirst can be a side effect. Your local pharmacist can advise you. In the past, several clients have successfully used "sea bands" which employ a pressure point on the wrists rather than medication. Sea Bands have no side effects and can be purchased at most dive shops or some drug stores.

                  
LOST LUGGAGE:Just in case your luggage is misplaced during airplane transfers, pack the following in a carry on bag: mask & snorkel, 1 pair of shorts, 1 t-shirt, bathing suit, 1 long sleeve shirt, 1 pair of pants, camera, sunscreen, essential toiletries and personal medications.

(note a commensal shrimp mimicing the tube feet of the sea star photo by Kim Powell)

SUGGESTED READING LIST: BAJA

Natural History

Reef Fish Identification by Ned Deloach and Paul Newman

The Sibley Guide to Birds by David Allen Sibley

Marine Animals of Baja California by Daniel Gotshall

A Field Guide to the Common and Interesting Plants of Baja California by Jeanette Coyle

The Marine Biology Coloring Book byThomas Niesen

Whale Books

Sightings: The Gray Whales Mysterious Journey by Brenda Peterson

Watching Giants: The Secret Lives of Whales by Elin Kelsey

Monterey Bay Aquarium's Gray Whales by David gordon and Alan Baldridos

The Sierra Club Handbook of Whales and Dolphins by Steven Leatherwood

The Oceanic Society's Field Guide to the Gray Whale

Friendly Whales by Roy Nickerson


Adventure Travel in Baja

Baja Adventure Book by Walt Peterson

The Log of the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck
Almost an Island, Travels in Baja California  by Bruce Berger

Sea Kayaking in Baja by Andromeda Romano-Lax

The Forgotten Peninsula: A Naturalist in Baja California by Joseph Wood Krutch

 

Please Note: Many of these books may be found on Amazon.com or ordered by contacting "The Discover Baja Travel Club" at 1-800-727-2252