What to Bring
Documents for entry into and exit from Mexico
1. Your passport (Passports are REQUIRED to cross the border)
– Sun hat: This is a requirement for all participants.
– Long-sleeved shirt and pants to prevent sunburn: Shorts and t-shirts would require much more sunscreen, so you need to have long-sleeved shirts and pants available.
– Socks: synthetic and wool mixture socks or other synthetic materials: Cotton socks promote blisters.
– Shoes: Many find well-broken in running shoes work best for the Walk since we will be walking on pavement and well-graded dirt roads
– Water bottle: Wide mouth (to fill from spigots); a carrying strap is desirable.
– Small day or fanny pack to carry water bottle, snacks and sunscreen: You will want to walk with as little weight as possible.
– Duffel bag or frameless backpack for your personal gear: Backpacks with frames take up too much room in the support vehicles.
– Light summer sleeping bag: Nighttime temperatures in the desert decrease significantly.
– Sleeping pad
– Tent: If more than a one-person tent, arrange or be prepared to share with others. This will be the dry season and you may be very satisfied just sleeping out in the open, but bring a tent if you prefer.
– Small sheet to cover yourself if you prefer to sleep on-top of your sleeping bag)
– Ground cloth/plastic (optional)
– Towel: We will have access to showers on Thursday.
– Wet wipes/towels as access to water for washing is limited)
– Piece of plastic: If you plan to sleep tent-less under the stars, bring a piece of plastic large enough to cover yourself and your gear in case of rain.
– Eating utensils, lightweight, unbreakable bowl-type dish and cup
– Flashlight: headlamps work great and batteries in these last a long time.
– Beef Jerky (for meat eaters): Expect to eat a mostly vegetarian diet during the walk. If you feel you really need meat, bring your own supply of jerky.
– Reading material: There will be a fair amount of downtime, so be prepared to entertain yourself at times. A personal journal is also recommended.
– Small musical instrument (i.e. harmonica, small percussion): We will have a guitar available to share with all who play.
– Camera, video camera (optional): Remember, though, that you will want to walk with as little weight as possible and fragile photography equipment may be damaged during loading and unloading of the support vehicles.