Kayak packing list

Kayaking checklist: what to bring on a kayak trip

Check what to bring on a kayak trip

Planning an overnight kayak trip with camping? We’ve got a kayaking checklist! Find out what to bring on a kayak trip including safety essentials, clothing, and suggested gear. 

We use expedition single and double kayaks designed to cover long distance. Our kayaks are equipped with roomy hatches to fit your camping gear, food and water supply for multiday kayak trips. Depending on particular kayak model the hatch openings you’ll be packing into are about 24- 40 cm across. So baggage limits. Just like the airlines. We recommend that you pack most of your kit into small drybags (about 5 – 10 litres), especially clothes and electronic devices.

Remember that all the food and water also need to fit into the kayaks. Double pack all of your goods into drybags and then into the hatch to protect against the risk of getting wet

Kayaking checklist:

Personal paddling gear and clothes (according to the weather and season)
  • Non-cotton long-sleeve shirt for paddling and quick-dry shorts/pants
  • Rain/windproof jacket
  • Water shoes or sandals with heel strap
  • Water bottle
  • Sun protection
  • Sun- / regular glasses with strap
  • Set of dry bags for your on shore clothes and other kit
  • Waterproof watch
Paddling gear shared with other group members

list of our extra gear for rental →

  • Navigation gear: map and compass, optionally deck compass
  • Safety gear: extra paddle, bilge hand pump, tow line
  • First air kit

(this gear is also included in our overnight packages; some of items are available to rent individually)

  • Tent
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Sleeping bags (in the dry bag)
  • Outdoor cooking gear (stove, set of pots and pan, meal kit with bowls, cups, utensils, cutting board, knive, dish soap, sponge)
  • Matches, lighter
  • Shovel and toilet paper
  • Garbage bags
On shore clothes and personal items
  • Set of warm outdoor clothes (in the dry bag)
  • Light hiking shoes
  • Towel
  • Bathing suit
  • Head lamp
  • Personal hygiene environmental friendly products to be used in salt water
  • Mobile in waterproof etui
  • Power bank, extra batteries
  • Bug repellent
  • Medications you need
  • Documents
  • Sense of adventure!
Food (use your imagination and common sense)
  • Meals: rice, pasta, muesli, porridge, dry sausages, tinned food, sandwiches, eggs
  • Snacks: banana, apple, nuts, raisin, dark chocolate, muesli bar
Water supply (calculate about 2 liters/person/day)
  • 1,5l bottles of water fit well in kayak hatches
  • You’ll be able to refill water after few days so it’s fair enough to have water for first 2-3 days (but be better prepared if you are planning to paddle to some of remote and more distant islands)
  • Camera
  • Favorite snacks
  • Binoculars
  • Fishing gear

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