Baja Mexico was our first border crossing from the United States and we knew that staying on budget
would be the deciding factor of how far South we would make it so we began Day 1 with tracking expenses down to every last cerveza. The tab for Baja totaled $1,605.32 US Dollars and spanned 27 days.
Two of the larger and most important expenses are pictured below…..
The Baja Tab includes all 3 of us: thirsty Josh, hungry Shannon and endless stomach Kaleb (dog).
Groceries in Baja ran on the high side especially for fresh fruits and veggies, once we hit Mainland Mexico they became plentiful and inexpensive. Lack of fruits and vegetables was difficult for Kaleb as he eats a Raw diet usually consisting of raw meat with fruits and veggies. I’ll talk more about his Raw diet in a future post of our Traveling with a Dog Section.
Purified water was easily available everywhere.The easiest option is for a 20 litre jug (called a Girafone) for approx 20 pesos. Occasionally we fill our fresh water tank at a water treatment plant, you can find coordinates to these and propane fill stations on our maps page. We used Mex water to wash dishes and air dry to save on purified water use.
Propane was typically located on the outskirts of each town and we easily refilled when arriving or departing town. We carry a 20 gallon tank and refill about every 4 weeks. We never plug into shore power so our propane is constantly cooling our fridge and used for cooking.
Camping expenses occurred 50% of our nights in the Baja as the beaches are abundant with free camping.
Fuel. Our tank size is 26.4 gallons. Fuel was always readily available, but there were some long stretches between Pemex Stations.
We only hit 1 toll road in Baja, wait until I run the Mainland Mexico numbers and i’m sure i’ll see a spike in this number as they are plentiful and costly, but well worth it.
Baja to Mainland Mexico Ferry on the TMC ferry includes the vehicle and 2ppl.
Kaleb’s Vet fees include shots and paperwork for pre-departure (for full details see the Pre-departure Info by clicking here).
Document border fees for the Tourist Import Cards $25pp.
We use Sanborn Insurance for the Truck/Camper insurance. One policy for Mexico and one that covers Central/South America.
We use Cigna Health Insurance. They have a special traveling abroad policy for when we are out of our home country.