There are three main things to think about when packing for your Baja surfing trip. They are travel essentials, obviously your board, wax, comb, rack keys, and wetsuits. Try and pack light when you’re traveling to Baja. If you’re like a lot of other surfers, then you’ll want to experience a wide variety of Baja surf spots. It is easy to do that when you aren’t lugging around too much.
Plan a Baja Surf Trip: Travel Essentials
The most important part of packing for a trip to Baja is remembering all of your travel essentials.
- You need to make sure you have your passport for crossing back into the United States. Here is our article on passports with a link to renew or get a new one.
- Driver’s license
- Tourist card
- All foreigners need to register as a tourist when they cross into Mexico. Don’t worry you can get pre-fill it online. Click here for our article on the FMM, or “tourist card”.
- Credit card – credit cards automatically convert pesos. Make sure your bank knows you’re heading down to Mexico so they don’t block transactions thinking the card is stolen.
- Bottles of water.
- Cash – at least a few hundred bring a bunch of $1’s and $5’s for “propina”.
- Medications – if you take prescription drugs bring a copy of the prescription, just in case.
- First aid kit – just a small kit for when you cut your Achilles on a board fin.
- Masks – Covid-19 precautions in Baja are similar to those in California
- Cellular plan update – don’t get stuck with roaming fees. Call and get a Mexico plan and know how to make calls down there. your auto insurance comes with roadside assistance but you have to make sure your phone can make the call. Also if you’re in an accident you’ll need to call the claims hotline as soon as possible so they can send legal representation if necessary. Here is an article about making a phone call in Mexico.
It is very simple to plan a Baja surf trip. The above lists and tips should give you a good idea of what to bring along for an enjoyable trip. Try to pack light, make sure that you don’t forget the essentials, and have one heck of a time!