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Overnight Kayaking Packing List

When packing for an overnight kayak or canoe trip, you will want to consider the following:

  1. Weight and size (space is very limited)
  2. Placement in your “luggage” (aka dry bags)
  3. Placement in the boat (weight needs to be properly distributed)
  4. Water conditions you will or may experience (sea or whitewater)
  5. Weather conditions you will or may encounter


Overnight Kayaking


Obviously, you will be on the water so there’s a good chance your food, clothing and gear will be exposed to water.  As such, pack everything in waterproof and air-tight containers.  And only bring synthetic materials for your sleeping bag and dry clothes.  Down is the worst choice of material, then cotton, then wool.  Synthetics are the best material for drying quickly and retaining warmth when wet.

This is not a comprehensive list of everything you might need or want as that will vary significantly depending on the details of your trip.  Questions?  Contact us and we will do our best to help!

You will want to limit the load to those items necessary to keep you safe, dry and comfortable.

[Optional Items / Varies by Trip Type]

*If renting, these will typically be provided by the Outfitter – check with them

Accessories , Clothing & Footwear




    • Cell phone and extra battery or charging station
    • Water bottle or hydration bladder
    • Whistle
    • Small fold-up chair for camp (lightweight)
    • [Water disinfection system or tablets]
    • [GPS receiver]
    • [Binoculars]
    • Kayak or Canoe*
    • PFD (Life Jacket)*
    • Paddle(s) or Oar(s)*





      Personal Items

      • Sunscreen
      • Lip balm
      • Insect repellant
      • Hand sanitizer / Hand wipes
      • Spare eyeglasses or contact lenses
      • First-aid kit*
      • Prescription medications
      • Toiletry kit
      • Toothbrush
      • Cosmetics
      • Brush and/or comb
      • Moleskins
      • Baby wipes
      • [Sleep aids (eyeshades, ear plugs)]
      • [Tissue or toilet paper]*
      • [Alcohol or antiseptic wipes]
      • [Skin lotion]


      Food / Kitchen

      • Coffee cup
      • Wine glass (hey, essentials only!)
      • Plate
      • Utensils
      • Ultralight camp stove
      • Food tightly bagged
      • Fire starter
      • Several spare garbage and/or ziploc bags



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