In 2009 when we first signed up for a kayak expedition, all of us stressed out a little bit about having ALL the right gear and how we were supposed to pack. Tim is awesome and provides tents, lifejackets, bailers, and his patented kayak sails, but there are still a lot of things to think about when you’re self-propelling over 30 miles in a weekend. Quick dry clothing (since despite your best efforts you WILL get wet), gloves to protect your hands, layers of clothing to anticipate any weather condition, appropriate footwear for transitioning from kayak to hike, etc. Tim also sends out an awesome packing list before hand to help you get ready. After a fair bit of stressing that first time, I think we all got it pretty figured out and this time packing up was a piece of cake. Tim even congratulated us on our light and efficient packing job. Putting gear in small separate compartments is pretty crucial when your storage space looks like this:
Yep, all weekend you’re toting around all the gear for the group, plus food and fresh water. Its sort of an undertaking really. Here’s a photo of guide-in-training Tara packing a boat to make use of every square inch.
My overall philosophy, though, is what can you really not live without for 3 or 4 days? It seems like theres always enough sunscreen to go around, and you can technically wear the same clothes if you had to. There are only a couple things that I think are really truly essential. The first one is a raincoat to keep yourself dry in the case of bad weather. Once you get wet and cold, there’s not a lot of getting comfortable. And as silly as it sounds, the second thing is TP. Thats right, toilet paper. When you’re staying at state parks in this era of budget cuts, you never know what you’re going to get in those biffies. We totally lucked out on this trip and all the places we stayed were very well maintained, but thats one thing I always make sure to pack with us on trips to the back woods.
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