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. Perhaps that's your thing, to surf the wave of misadventure.
- Sgt. Rudy

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 this page first 
Solo Test Center

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 you 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.

WATER WEAR

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.

CLOTHING

Spring is 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 evening.

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).

ASSORTED WUTNOTS

Small flashlight or head lamp, surf wax, your favorite candy or gum, sunglasses & a good wide brim hat. IPODS/music players - We often plug a guest's player into our lounge 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.

 

MEDICATION

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 lense items. 

SPECIAL NOTE - If you have any medical conditions that may be complicated by first aid, advise SoloSports in advance.

BATTERIES

Check all of your electronic devices for 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.

PHOTOGRAPHY

BRING YOUR CAMERA! - be it Film, Digital or Video.  Replace your batteries right before departure and bring a spare.  If you haven't used your camera for a while - give it a dry run to correct any issues you may have.

Film users- ISO 200 is an all around good film speed. 400 speed tends to be grainy but is a good substitute if you don't have a flash.  ISO 100 or 200 works fine for action shots.  Most folks still use prints..very affordable and most good processing shops have CD options. COSTCO is a great place for film & digital processing output.

Digital users....bring  extra memory card/sticks (1 - 4 gig volumes work great) & video tapes. .  The Campo does have limited electrical outlets for charging, so depending on how many digital users there are, will dictate availability.

MONEY & GOODIES

Your SoloSports Adventure is all inclusive with the exception of any voluntary gratuity for the staff.  You may wish to purchase Mexican spirits for the folks back home or a special event in the campo.  There are  tequilas 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 SoloSports gift card for no hassle buying.

Avoid USD denominations over $20. The best plan is to keep about $50 in 10's, 5's & ones.  Depending on your vendor's ability to make change will determine your result.

DOCUMENTATION

You must have a valid passport. If you are flying in, you may be ask to purchase a tourist card.  http://travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2225.html

FIREARMS, OTHER ILLEGALS & PETS

Guns are illegal to possess in Mexico. SoloSports does not allow firearms of any kind at Punta San Carlos and that includes  Paint Guns.  Mexican law enforcement takes a tough stance on infractions, so leave them at home.

As for other illegals.....remember you are traveling with a group and put 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.

This list will get longer as I receive more tips from the weary.

If you would like to print this as a PDF click the link and download.  PACKING TIPS

 

 

 
   

If you have any questions regarding this policy consult your tour counselor in advance of departure.

 

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