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The Ultimate Kayak Camping Packing List

Get one step closer to checking "have adventure" off the list

Person kayaking along a rocky shoreline
Keep this list handy for quick-packing when an impromptu trip arises.

There’s nothing better than paddling with pals on your way to an epic spot for an overnight. But what do you bring for your kayak camping trip? Paddling Magazine has created the ultimate kayak camping packing list so you can be prepared and comfortable on your adventure.

Don’t forget to check your list twice.

Kayak accessory essentials

PFD for everyone
Paddle, plus a spare
● Paddle float

Kayak camping gear

● Tent or hammock
● Sleeping bag
● Sleeping pad

What to wear kayaking

Paddling top
Warm baselayer
Quick-dry pants and shirt
● Rain gear
● Extra socks
● Hat and sunglasses
Immersion protection

Camp kitchen equipment

● Water treatment and bottles
● Stove, fuel and cookset
● Food and snacks
● Mess kit
● Rope to hang bear bag overnight

Kayak safety gear

● Compass and map
● Bailer or bilge pump
● First aid kit
● Lighter/matches
● Sunscreen
● Communications/signalling device
● Weather/VHF Radio

Camp supplies you don’t want to forget

● Headlamp
● Multi-tool
● Toilet paper
● Bug spray
● Emergency cash

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