Kayaking in Baja Mexico | Packing List

Here is everything you need to bring with you for a sea kayaking trip to Baja, Mexico!



kit list for baja mexico sea kayak trip



The Baja summers are roasting hot and the winters can be wild and windy. Our trip lands perfectly in the middle, where we experience the best of both – later than the winds yet before the extreme heat. 


Hot days, blistering sunshine and the dry desert environment make being on, in or near the water the best place to be. As the day turns to night, the evenings start to cool and long pants and a comfy sweater are the best attire to sit and watch the stars pop out overhead. 


Our accommodation providers allow us to leave bags behind at the hotel, so if this is part of a larger journey for you, or you have extra items you don’t want to take on the water, those can be left behind safely.




Firstly, let’s run through all the things you don’t need to bring. The following items are all complimentary on a Global Shenanigans Expedition, so no need to fill up precious baggage space with any of these – unless you’d rather use your own! 


  • All food and water during the activity days  
  • All paddling gear (kayak paddle, PFD, skirt, pump, sponge)
  • All camping gear (sleeping pad, sleeping bag, tent)
  • Snorkel set w/fins 
  • Camp chair
  • Wetsuit
  • Dry bags



Wet Gear for Kayaking  

When organising equipment for a kayaking trip, I like to split things up into ‘wet’ and ‘dry’. Your ‘wet’ gear is what you wear on the water and you don’t mind it getting wet. Your ‘dry’ gear is what you wear on the land and you want that to stay dry. 

Here are all the items you’ll want to have with you on the water: 


  • 2 litre water bottle(s) 
  • Sunglasses
  • Buff to cover your neck
  • Sun hat
  • Non-cotton long-sleeve shirt for paddling
  • Paddling shorts / swim shorts
  • Paddle jacket / wind jacket / rain jacket (unlikely to need it, but just in case) 
  • Water shoes 
  • Bathing suit (can be same as paddling shorts) 

Dry Gear for on Land 

This is what you’ll put into the dry bags and stuff into the hatches of the kayak. You won’t need to access any of it until we are back on land at the end of the day. 


  • T-shirts (2-3)
  • Microfibre towel 
  • Warm layer
  • Windbreaker jacket 
  • Long pants 
  • Underwear 
  • Light walking shoes 
  • Socks 
  • PJs 
  • Headlamp 
  • Bug repellent 
  • Flip flops





  • Toothpaste & toothbrush
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Camera
  • Spare batteries for everything
  • Power bank for charging 
  • Book / Kindle 
  • Snacks 
  • Binoculars 
  • Basic first aid kit and medications  
  • Passport
  • Copy of health insurance, travel insurance, emergency contacts
  • Fishing gear & fishing license
  • Clothes for before & after the trip 
  • Gratuity for local guide (there will be one Mexican guide co-leading the trip) 


packing list for baja mexico sea kayak trip