What to take on a kayak camping trip?

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The Ultimate Kayak Camping Guide

Camping in a kayak is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It combines the best aspects of camping and kayaking, allowing you to spend days on the water without having to worry about the stresses of everyday life. You can catch your dinner on the water, eat it at a campsite, and sleep under the stars the next night.

It’s physically taxing, mentally stimulating, and thrilling. It’s a chance to show what you’re made of while experiencing nature on land and water. It provides the mobility of a backpack without the burden of carrying everything. Kayaking also provides more storage space, similar to camping in a car, but it allows you to be closer to nature during your journey.

You must think and plan ahead of time if you are going kayak camping. It is, however, no more difficult than backpacking, and it is a truly unique and enjoyable experience.

Camping in a kayak is comparable to camping in a canoe. It does, however, offer less space for people and equipment due to its size and shape. As a result, kayak camping in a small group is probably the best option. You’ll also need to consider what gear you bring and how you’ll store it more strategically. These aspects will be discussed further down.

How to choose a kayak camp

When planning for a kayak camp, there are many things to consider. You need to know how those waters compare to your preferences because you will be spending a lot of time on the water. A day on the rapids is enjoyable for many people, but three days in a row can be exhausting. You don’t want to go too far and be unable to recover.

Another thing to think about is the type of camp where you’ll be staying. Learn everything you can about the camp you’ll be staying at, and be prepared for the permits and fees. It’s not a bad idea, but some advance planning goes a long way.


If you’re going camping, you’ll want a kayak that’s durable, comfortable, and has a lot of storage space. Kayaks like the Lucksha, Loon, and Castine are designed to last longer, be more comfortable on the water, and withstand heavy use. The Rooksha 17 is the Old Town kayak with the biggest hatch. Long trips are no problem with this vehicle because of its stability, smooth ride, and quick acceleration. The Luxxia T is designed for tandems and provides ample space and comfort.

Long trips are made easier with the Loon 126. The ACS2 saddle brings the most comfortable seat to the most appropriate cockpit, with matching thigh pads that provide support underfoot, and the redesigned body has the perfect sweet spot in terms of glide and tracking. On long rides, you can charge your phone with the USB port in the dry compartment. The Loon’s overall comfort and performance are ideal for long journeys.

Castine is a three-size day trip kayak. The ACS2 seat is as comfortable as a dream, and the large, light, and airy interior is perfect for long trips. Length ranges from 13.5 to 14.5 feet; two hatches plus removable gear storage; and the ACS2 seat is as comfortable as a dream.


Of course, depending on the type of kayak you’re using (recreational or touring), you’ll need to plan ahead for the obstacles you’ll face along the way. Do you need to travel a long distance in rough conditions on open water? If that’s the case, you’ll need to think about where you’ll spend the night, whether you’ll paddle back or wait out the weather and sea conditions, and which factors will influence your decision. In any case, think about your options ahead of time to see if they match your skills and your boat’s performance characteristics.

kayak accessories

These essential items are a must-have for any sea adventure, but especially for long-distance and night expeditions.

Jacket of life (should always be on your mental checklist) Paddle that isn’t in use

The Moya knot is used to keep the boat in place regardless of how far out on the pier it is positioned. Driftboard

Cockpit hatch with navigation/deck lighting

Adjustment/repair tools for camping/cooking gear (stoves, lanterns, etc.)

Clamps, cleats, bungee cord, and parachute cord are all things you should have on hand.

kit for sewing (strong thread to temporarily hold things in place if glue or tape is not available)

Tape for securing!


Many tents for 1-2 people are available on the market. Shape and design are important, but the most important aspects to consider when selecting a dependable tent are the following:

Tents with a lot of space between the walls.

Groundsheet and a built-in “bathtub floor” (under or inside the tent).

Tent materials that are easy to repair/replace (poles, lines, pegs).

For “bugs” and “ventilation,” insect repellent netting was used.

If you really want to be a minimalist, skipping the tent and relying on your own primitive skills, such as a tarp, a simple shelter, or even a camping hammock or bag, can be a thrilling experience.

sleeping systems

Travel is incomplete without a comfortable and restful night’s sleep. Kayak campers will be satisfied with a three-season sleeping bag that is 10 degrees cooler than the lowest expected temperature. A sleeping bag liner is another option to consider. For a few extra degrees of warmth or as a cool, lightweight sleep cover in hotter weather.

Here are a few things to think about when selecting a bag:

Insulation that is impervious to moisture.

Openings in the head and feet

A comfortable sleeping mat (with padding and insulation).

The sleeping pad is secured with pockets and straps.


Clothing, in its most basic form, is a layering system that protects the body while also regulating temperature and humidity. Climate, season, terrain, physical activity, and metabolism all influence the appropriate clothing to wear while boating.

One of the most essential pieces of human equipment is clothing. You must be able to protect yourself and have a level of comfort that you can tolerate if an emergency occurs and all you can do is sit and wait.


Good footwear will assist you during any outdoor experience, whether you spend all day in the bathtub or all night around a campfire.

Kayakers who want to keep their gear to a minimum will appreciate shoes that can be worn both on and off the water. Water shoes should be flexible enough to allow your feet to move freely in the tub, but firm enough to handle rocky terrain. Having “camp shoes” to wear around the campfire is beneficial. They can also be worn for non-camping activities, such as a short walk on the beach, if they have a good sole and ankle support.


Thin synthetic socks keep you warm and make putting on and taking off wet feet in equally wet and tight boots or shoes much easier. Wool socks are, of course, the best choice for camping, sleeping, or wearing heavy mountain boots or shorts. Bring at least two pairs of socks, one of which should be 100% wool and the other a blend. When your hands become cold, they also make excellent emergency gloves.


It depends on the weather whether you wear long paddling pants or shorts in the cockpit (but ultimately you should be dressed “for the water, not the air”). Shorts are cooler on land, while long pants offer sun and insect protection.

Paddling/rain pants keep you warm while also shielding your lower body from the wind. The higher the wear coefficient, in general, the better the quality.

On land, pants should be quick-drying and repel water to some extent or minimize water absorption. Given the high-tech synthetics and processes on the market, cotton garments are not a good choice.


Underwear acts as a base layer, wicking sweat away from the skin while trapping warm air to keep the cold at bay. The most common materials used in men’s and women’s underwear are cotton and synthetic fabrics. They can be washed at camp, just like socks, but you should still bring clean clothes.

Long pants will keep you warm and can be worn as “pajamas” in your sleeping bag. Sleeping in the clothes you’ve worn all day is not a good idea. Sweat and dust will enter your sleeping bag from them.


Is it better to wear long or short sleeved shirts? Cotton should be avoided.

When you’re around insects, wear long-sleeved or bright-colored clothing. Multiple layers are recommended for the upper body: a base vest, an insulating mid-layer, and a weatherproof outer layer.

Breathability is an important characteristic of all upper-body clothing. A good ventilation system also improves the performance of your entire wardrobe. You can also maximize the potential benefits of certain materials and designs with a good ventilation system. There is a lot of synthetic fabric used. Synthetic materials come in a variety of colors and textures. There are a variety of technical fibers to choose from, but it’s best to do some research to see which ones are best for you and your paddling partner.

hands and head

Gloves. Remember to bring a hat, paddling gloves to keep your hands dry and warm on the water, and gloves or liners to keep your hands warm on land. Work gloves should be worn if you plan to do a lot of work in camp (processing firewood, building, etc.).

Headgear has a wide range of applications.

Brimmed hats (with chin straps or bands) to keep the sun and rain off your face.

a warm hat (during the day or before going to bed).

Insect-net sunglasses provide head protection in insect-infested areas.



If you’ve been camping before, you’re likely to have a supply of food and snacks on hand. It’s crucial to keep it fresh and tightly sealed. In general, there are two types of camping food: either all of the food for a specific meal (e.g., all of the food for a particular meal (e.g., all of the food for a

Breakfast, for example, is coded (e.g., breakfast).

, in the same color package), or every day all of the food for the entire menu is packaged in this manner. In either case, keep in mind that the meal can be prepared in one pot and requires minimal cutlery and pans. A soft-sided cooler will keep food as cool as a hard-sided cooler, but a hard-sided cooler will not.

They fit in awkward gaps under the deck and are easy to stow in the hatch. When kayak camping during the winter, the cooler can be used to keep food from freezing.


Dehydration should be avoided at all costs. The most important thing is to keep track of how much water you’re drinking (and refill before you get really thirsty). Many camping meals rely on it as the most important “ingredient.” Finding fresh water is usually equivalent to throwing it away from nature (no matter how pure it appears to be, it’s considered contaminated). Unless it’s collected on a rainy day, finding fresh water is usually equivalent to throwing it away from nature. You’ll need a dependable water purifier to get safe water.

If you decide to bring your own water (at least a gallon per day; a gallon costs £8! ), you may need to purchase additional equipment to save space and fit it into your small backpack. When emptied, flexible containers can “shape” themselves to fit almost anywhere). Water bottles on board (at least one or two should be easily accessible from the deck) or a hydration system in your backpack are both good options for ensuring you have access to water while camping.

Personal Hygiene

Leaves are unavoidable. They don’t exist. There are some things that, in my opinion, are even more important than the “essentials,” and TP is one of them. Other hygiene products such as toothbrushes, toothpaste/soap/deodorant are necessary or desirable from a health (if not social) perspective. Fragrant soaps and lotions should be avoided because they attract pests. Use biodegradable materials whenever possible.

Other Needs

Each piece of equipment listed below should be combined with other pieces of equipment and assembled and selected based on your specific requirements. Keep in mind that the more equipment you get from other places, the more likely you are to make a mistake.

Design your first aid kit to fit your environment and activities if at all possible. Remember to bring your medications (along with the dosage, just in case) and sunscreen.

Consider solar-powered chargers if you don’t have enough batteries for each device.

Radio or beacon in an emergency (including signal, weather, location and communication options).

In case of a capsize, have a survival kit on hand (compass, whistle, lighter, and knife)

If you need to deviate from your planned route, you should have a map of the area with you.

Knife, 4″ or larger, of good quality fixed blade

A good knife is more versatile than a camp saw or axe, which both have limitations.

Headlamp or flashlight (modern solar lights are great for camp lighting) Camera.

(in a waterproof case or watertight)

Tackle for fishing (individual rods, reels, and assorted bait in a small toolbox on deck)

Personal items, such as books and journals

These suggestions and guidelines are meant to be used as a starting point; however, you should adjust them to fit your specific needs and preferences. You can personalize your kayak camping experience by choosing from these and other options.


The majority of camping cooking sets feature a stacking system in which everything is contained in a single pot. This can be anything from a large Dutch oven to a one-liter pot for boiling water. A few small containers and cups are also included. A multi-purpose skillet that doubles as a frying pan is included in some kits. A small pot can be added to a mini pot kit if you have the space.

Some kits include cooking utensils that are compartmentalized or combined. A case that can be used as a water tank or dish is included in most of these kits. You’ll be able to find something that fits your cooking and eating preferences this way.

Everything you need is right here: a sharp knife for cutting, a spoon for mixing, stirring, and serving, and, in some cases, a spatula or spatula to work the food in the pan. Some kits come with sorting and mixing utensils, while others include a “fork” (spoon and fork in one). Personally, I avoid cooking anything that requires more than a spoon and knife to consume (by sticking it in).

Other items are simply for convenience and are a bonus for those who want to enjoy a gourmet meal while camping. The kits that you can put together yourself are the most convenient. There are also kitchen kits available, but they are frequently costly and include items that you may not require. If you’re going camping for the first time, you should probably buy a kit and discard anything you don’t need.

Salt, pepper, and other savory herbs and spices should all be used. Tea bags are easy to transport and a good alternative to drinking water throughout the day. In a small container of water or air, you can create your own unique flavoring kit.

From cooking for a group to selecting products for individual meals, the following items make up a comprehensive camping kitchen.

Stove for camp (small to large capacity burners)

The source of energy (propane, butane, wood and other combustible materials)

Kindling and matches are two of the most common types of fire starters (in waterproof packaging)

Pot and lid for Dutch ovens (10-12 inch cast aluminum is suitable)

To make basic hot water, use a large pot or a coffee pot (with a lid) (drinking, cooking, washing, keeping warm by the fire while camping, etc.)

Prepare meals in a small pot with a lid.

Platters (larger ones for main dishes, smaller ones for side dishes and drinks)

Cold/hot drink mugs (bowls/mugs with lids can also be used to transport food)

To combine, stir, and serve, use a large spoon.

Knives used in the kitchen and in the dining room

Okay, “forks” and other utensil combinations

Spatulas and turners with a smaller diameter

Special tools, such as can openers, may be required depending on the menu (a Swiss Army knife with a corkscrew is very useful!) Soap that degrades

Kitchen utensils should be cleaned with biodegradable soap, dish towels, sponges, and scrubbers.

Here are a few pointers to help you get the most out of your kayak camping trip.

Distress signals include brightly colored clothing, gear-filled bags, and tarps.

Even if your dry bag is waterproof, anything you put in it that gets wet will get wet on you.

In areas where there are no logs or rocks to support a small, heavy, bulky stove, a portable grill is particularly useful.

Freeze water bottles and drink them as they melt to use as “ice” in the cooler.

The more self-sufficient you are in your abilities, the more style and comfort you will have.

Enjoy yourself and take care of yourself.