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Trip & Packing List

Sea Kayak Expeditions

If you’re paddling a single kayak, the hatch openings you’ll be packing into are 10″ and 8″ across. These are performance kayaks, designed for the joy of paddling. Your joy in packing will be proportional to how “minimalist” you can pack.

Remember that all the food, water, and kitchen equipment also need to fit into the kayaks. Please plan on fitting your personal equipment into 1 or 2 hatches (there are 3: front hatch, day hatch, and rear hatch).

We do have a limited number of tents and Therm-a-Rest pads for rent (see below). Please reserve one if you need it. If you or your group would like more packing space, consider budgeting $150-$200/day per group for motor support, and letting us know early that you’re interested in this service. This is available on Expedition Primers only.

Baggage Limits. Just like the airlines.

  1. Sleeping pads: diameter 6″ length 20″
  2. Tent: total diameter 8″ length 20″
  3. Sleeping bag: diameter 9″ length 11″

If you’re renting kayaks, please see the Rental page for what’s included in your level of service.

Paddling

  • 2 quart water bottle(s) or hydration system
  • Sunscreen and lip protection
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • Strap for regular glasses
  • Hat for sun
  • Non-cotton long-sleeve shirt for paddling
  • Quick-dry shorts/pants
  • Paddle jacket
  • Water shoes or sandals with heel strap
  • Bathing suit
  • Kayak seat pad (optional)
  • Tow belt (if you have one)

Personal

  • Toothpaste & tooth brush
  • Shampoo, soap (NOT Dr Bronners soap! It doesn’t work in salt water. Trust me.)
  • Sunscreen
  • Medications (2 sets; leave one in hotel)
  • Camera
  • Spare batteries for everything
  • Any clothes you’d like in town
  • Sense of adventure!

Camping

  • Towel
  • T-camp shirt (s)
  • Warm camp shirt
  • Windbreaker jacket
  • Long warm pants
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Warm hat for evening
  • Beach / light hiking shoes
  • PJs
  • Head lamp
  • Sleeping bag (in compression sack)
  • Therm a Rest
  • Tent, bivy, or tarp (compression sack)
  • 2-3 Strings (24-36″) to retrieve drybags from ends of kayak

Optional

  • Paddling gloves
  • Comb or brush
  • Handi-wipes
  • Binoculars
  • Wetsuit for snorkeling/ rolling a lot
  • Snorkel gear
  • Fishin’ stuff & lots o’luck
  • Favorite snacks
  • PFD
  • Paddle
  • Sarong or wrap
  • Journal, book
  • Compact beach seat
  • Duffel for carrying everything between kayak & camp
  • VHF radio/ satellite messenger
  • SMALL drybags 10L or less
  • 10% gratuity for guides

Provided

  • Kayak
  • PFD
  • Paddle
  • Spray skirt
  • 4-5 dry bags of varying sizes
  • All kitchenware
  • Healthy camping meals
  • Purified drinking water
  • Poop bags & TP
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sand anchors & instruction
  • Library of field guides, kayak books
  • Compasses, charts
  • Wilderness first aid kit

Available to Rent

  • MSR Hubba tent
  • MSR Hubba Hubba tent
  • Therm-a-rest
  • Therm-a-rest camp chair
  • 3mm shortie wetsuit
  • Mask & snorkel
  • Kokatat hydrator
  • Flat Earth Kayak Sail

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