Mexico Gear Needs

Needs List:

Expect temperatures between 50 -80 degrees during the day. Water temperatures are 60 – 75.

  • Passport!
  • Skirt
  • PFD
  • Helmet
  • Paddle (can be put in a paddle or ski bag and checked as an extra bag. Check with your airline for their sports equipment policy)
  • Drytop (you will need a dry or semi dry. Splash top will not suffice. If you have a shorty, you should bring both) for the Advanced Trip a drysuit is recommended.
  • Paddling pants or leggings (you will want your legs to be covered due to insects)
  • River shoes
  • Two sets of paddling under layers- top and bottom. Things do not dry quickly in Veracruz.
  • Gear Bag for wet items
  • Deep Canyons of Veracruz trip should bring a daypack or small bag to put items in for overnight.

Other items:

  • Throw rope
  • Knife
  • Water Bottle- We will have a container of purified water in the van for refilling. You should not use tap water for drinking or brushing your teeth
  • Small, quick-dry travel towel
  • Toiletries
  • Fleece or waterproof jacket
  • You won’t need many off river clothing items. A few changes of dry clothes should be enough

Water Proof First Aid Kit:

Items need to be inside a dry bag or “Nalgene” type water bottle.  

  • Duct tape
  • Band aids
  • Neosporin
  • Insect repellent
  • Hydrocortisone or anti itch creme
  • Over the counter pain relievers
  • Anti- diarrheal
  • Ear Drops
  • Benadryl
  • Headlamp
  • Emergency blanket
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick
  • Snack bar (6-one for each day on the river)

Camping gear:

  • Not required, but recommended everyone bring a light weight sleeping bag if you have one.  Mexican fleece blankets are provided but the nights can be damp and chilly and it is nice to have a high-tech blanket to use.
  • On the Advanced Waterfalls trip and the Deep Canyons of Veracruz trips, we will be spending the night on the river so you should  bring a sleeping bag and sleeping pad. We will provide tent.
  • On the Oaxaca trip we will be camping every night, and you will need all of this plus a bivey, stow float, and a few camping utensils.