packing tips for Punta San Carlos
Its more commonly
referred to as - know before you go or live with
the faux pas. If you follow these simple few
tips, you can limit the hijinks and get on with
doing those things you came all the way down
here for. -
INVENTORY YOUR GEAR
For those guys who
feel they just have to use their own stuff or
are undecided about our DEMO GEAR OPTION, read
the webpage “Solo Test Center” first. Its a good
option to consider.
Check your gear before
you go. Tendons, down-haul/out-haul lines, you
know the drill...they are all guaranteed to fail
and why spoil your sesh time messing around
tuning your equipment. It’s also not all
available in the campo so bring 2 of the little
stuff that can wear out. Examine your harness
for wear & tear. Masts and booms as well. A word
about sails & boards. Punta San Carlos is a
great wave sailing location. The smooth water
and side off conditions in the waves are perfect
for your wave gear. Leave the race & slalom gear
at home. In moderate size surf, the beach break
is a great place to improve your wave sailing.
If all you have is slalom gear best take the
Solo Demo Gear Option.
Punta San Carlos ocean
and air temperatures are generally cool. Water
averages between 53-60 degrees depending on the
time of year. Most sailors bring a 4.3 wetsuit.
If you are hearty, a 3.2. Spring is
traditionally the coolest air & water. Summer -
cool water/cool air, Fall - about as warm as it
gets. Spring & Full suits (3.2) and if you are
lucky- a vest or trunks on rare occasions.
The wind is also cool
and manages to penetrate the best of wetsuits
over the course of your go-out. Hoods, booties
and gloves are welcome accessories in the
Spring. Bike gloves for the hands will keep you
on the water pain free. Booties are year around
due to the rocky bottom.
For those folks that
just hate booties here’s a Solo Staff tip - Fin
Socks. These lightweight, thin neoprene socks
used by those who wear swim fins, allow you to
keep your foot straps in the same settings.
Advantages - your feet slide easily into the
strap without the danger of snagging the little
toe. Protects from those nasty mussel shells and
provides a limited comfort from the cold.
Available from DaKine or your favorite surf
shop. Price? About $12-$20.
Don’t forget your
favorite towel or plan on the other walk of
shame from the shower to your tent. Speaking of
that - a few words about... Shrinkage - Even in
Miami this made famous on Seinfeld predicament
is solutionless. See your physician prior to
travel if you’re worried. Combine that with a
double “0” day on the bombie and ....well?
You’re on your own.
traditionally cool day & night with periods of
downright North Atlantic. UGG boots are the all
around foot wear. Warm wind resistant jackets,
ski caps & sweaters for night are normally OK.
During the day T-shirts and shorts or sweat
pants. Summer, fall & winter require a series of
wardrobe changes. At sun-up its UGGs, jackets &
sweatpants. As the Sun clears the top of the
mesa - shorts, t-shirts and slaps for most of
the day with UGGs & jackets in the evening. Hats
are necessary for sun protection, wool caps for
A word about shoes - 3
ought to do it - 1) good, tough walking/hiking
shoes 2) slaps for the beach 3) UGGS for
nighttime (leave the bunny slippers at home).
Small flashlight or
head lamp, surfwax, your favorite candy or gum,
sunglasses & a good wide brim hat. IPODS/music
players/tablets - We often plug a guest’s player
into our lounge/bar sound system, so create a few
playlists for the trip. Better bring the AC
adapter along. Need to catch up on some reading?
- our Solace Lounge is a great place to read,
nap, converse, listen to tunes or however you
prefer to chill out. Kindles and other
reading tablets work great in the campo.
There is limited Internet access in the
Campo. Our service is via a satellite and
there are frequent interruptions due to
atmospherics and heavy usage. There are
specific Internet hours and use is limited to
e-mail. If you have specific needs for
Internet, please discuss them with out
management team in advance.
We generate our electrical power via
solar panels, a wind generator and a gas
generator. Depending on weather conditions
there may be limited electrical use. We
ask that you unplug all items when fully
Fly-In Option Guests
Please pack a small bag with your passport,
wetsuit, harness, towel, and a change of
clothes. Your luggage will arrive at camp later
Advil for just about everything from sore
muscles to Tequila abuse. The Campo maintains a
good first aid center but you should bring your
own over the counter pain reliever. Don’t forget
SUNSCREEN - mandatory! the stronger the better,
hand lotion (don’t go there) lip balm & contact
If you have prescriptions for drugs please bring
a copy of them with you - especially narcotics
Mexican govt. officials frequently scan for
drugs on travelers and it resolves many issues
when discovered. Do not bring any
narcotics or pain medications without the
SPECIAL NOTE - If you
have any medical conditions that may be
complicated by first aid, advise SoloSports in
For electronic devices that require charged
batteries - bring extra! Digital music players with your favorite music
are the perfect way to enjoy all the great
scenes Punta San Carlos has to offer.
BRING YOUR CAMERA! - be it Film,
Digital or Video. Replace your batteries right
before departure and bring a spare & charger. If you
haven’t used your camera for a while - give it a
dry run to correct any issues you may have.
Digital users....bring extra memory card/sticks.
4 or 8 gig volumes work great. The Campo does
have limited electrical outlets for charging, so
depending on how many digital users there are,
will dictate availability.
The chances are good that our Campo
photographer will catch a few of your
best moves on digital. These are
Bring a USB flash drive with a minimun
of 16 gigs to be able to take them home.
In addition we will give you a value
added collection of images & video for
MONEY & GOODIES
Your SoloSports Adventure is all inclusive with
the exception of any voluntary gratuity for the
staff. You may wish to purchase T-shirts, hats,
sweatshirts or other items including Mexican spirits
for the folks back home or for a special event
in the campo. These are all available from
our Campstore. Your tour host will be happy to
show you what is available. The SoloSports
Campstore has many items - Souvenirs, clothes
and curios. Prepay a
Gift Card for no
Insurance SoloSports also
offers gear rental insurance. It
is available in increments of $20 for
$100 worth of insurance. This will
cover or offset any repair or
replacement costs in event of damage.
Avoid bringing USD denominations over $20. The best plan
is to keep about $100 in 10’s, 5’s & ones.
Depending on your vendor’s ability to make
change will determine your result.
will be a brief stop in Ensenada for air
travelers. Mexican Immigration will
require you to purchase a tourist form
that costs appromiately $30. Cash is
You are required to bring a valid passport/card.
you are flying in, it is mandatory you have a
valid passport. Check this State Dept. web site for updated info
FIREARMS, DRUGS & OTHER ILLEGALS & PETS
It is illegal to possess guns in Mexico.
SoloSports does not allow firearms of any kind
at Punta San Carlos ....including paint guns.
Mexican law enforcement takes a tough stance on
infractions, so please leave them at home.
As for other illegals, AKA marijuana etc......remember
you are traveling with a group and put could everyone
at risk. Best stay squeaky clean.
PETS - Sorry your favorite pooch, cat, gerbil or
gold fish will fair better at home.... come to
think of it, we have a recipe for all of them,
served separately of course - seriously no pets.
Do you have questions that aren't answered here.
Call 949.289.7779 for more information.
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