Sea of Cortez Packing List

Suggested Packing List for courses and cruises on the Sea of Cortez

Remember, space on board is limited, so please pack accordingly. Air temperatures typically range from the high 60s F to low 80s F, with water temperatures ranging 68-72 degrees F. Some will want to bring a light/shorty wet suit for snorkeling. I don’t use a wetsuit, and usually get cold after about an hour in the water. Snorkeling gear is available at the DYC base, and you can choose the mask, fins, and snorkel that fit, or you are welcome to bring your own. Beach landings from the dinghy are usually calm, but you will step off in to the water. Water shoes that you can hike in and/or Teva sandals work great for going ashore and hiking around – saves you from having to pack a set of dry shoes to shore and having to brush the wet sand off your feet to change in to them before hiking around. Please pack using a soft-sided duffel bag – wheels are OK as long as the bag is soft. Please, no hard-sided luggage (it’s hard to find a place to store it on board during the cruise). Use a small duffel for your toilet kit, books, iPad, diary, and camera, etc. A small dry bag for your phone/camera, as well as a small back pack, will serve you well when you hike around La Paz before and after the trip, when we’re out on the cruise and we go ashore, or when you are exploring in the dinghy or kayaks. Below are some suggestions for packing – please adjust for your personal requirements.

Suggested Packing List

  • Shorts
  • Bathing suit
  • Tank tops or short sleeve tee shirts
  • Long pants
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Light jacket or windbreaker
  • Water shoes / Teva sandals
  • Women’s TEVA
  • Men’s TEVA
  • Hat – baseball style or broad brimmed with tether/leash to prevent it blowing overboard (if your hat goes overboard, we will execute an emergency rescue drill, and that kind of cuts into the adventuring timeͬͭͮͯ ).
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Toiletry kit, Rx drugs
  • Sea sickness remedy
  • Ear plugs
  • Flashlight and/or headlamp – you’re going to want these
  • Camera
  • Small backpack for shore – camera, drinking water, shoes, snacks
  • Dry bag, small – keep your phone/camera dry during wet landings, or cruising around in the kayaks

Before and after the cruise

For the ladies, a light sundress is nice if you want to get spiffy for dinner. Remember though, the cruisers have a very casual dress code and the restaurants at the Marina are very laid back.

What is provided on board

  • Bath towel per person
  • Medium size towel per person
  • Tea towel per person
  • Bottom sheet/pillow cases/blankets for each cabin
  • We purchase toilet paper and liquid hand soap for each head

What You Need to do at the Dream Yacht Charter (DYC) Base Prior to Departure

  • Select your mask, fins, and snorkel gear – do this at the DYC base, either evening of arrival or morning before departure
  • Shop for personal items you want on-board, including alcohol – the marina’s tienda has limited selection, and the stores with greater selection are a 10 minute taxi or Uber ride
  • Request additional towels or blankets from DYC if you feel you need them
  • Relax! Have a margarita with us at the Beach Club on the night of arrival

Contact me
+1 949-939-8123

I’m looking forward to our trip!
Marc Hughston