KAYAK CAMPING

JOHN McKEAN’S KAYAK CAMPING CHECKLIST
(John was a founding member of the Hole In The Wall Kayak Club in Western Washington)

 Kayak & Gear

" Spray skirt & sponge*
" Paddles (2) & tow rope*
" Paddle float and pump
" Paddling jacket & hat
" Boot, shoes, gloves
" Horn & whistle*
" Mesh bags & dry bags*
" Extra bag (to be left at Sechart)
" Red flag*
(on back of transported kayak)
" Emergency marine flares*
" Water bottle*
" PFD*

Shelter

" Tent, tarp, ground cloth
" Air mattress, seat pad
" Sleeping bag & pillow case
" Hammock & pee bottle
" Extra rope

Navigation

" Compass, GPS, VHF
" Charts & plotter
" Tide tables
" Flashlight & batteries

Clothes & Personal Items

" Rain gear & hat(s)
" Polypro jacket & pants
" Long Johns
" Long sleeve T-shirts
" Shorts & T-shirts
" Walking/Hiking shoes*
" Bath towel & wash cloth*
" Toilet paper & ‘Wet Ones’
" Toiletries
" First aid kit & insect repellant
" Eyeglasses with screwdriver*
 " Binoculars & camera
" Rubber bands
" Sunscreen*
" Alarm clock*
" Bear spray**

Kitchen

" Stove, fuel, matches, & ‘fire starters’
" Pot & 1 qt covered sauce pan*,
" Eating utensils (2 sets)
" Sierra Cup, coffee mug, plate & bowl*
" Food hanging ropes & line clips
" Detergent, scrub pads, & potholders
" Plastic bags
" Kitchen towel & paper towels*
" Sharp knife*
" Multi-tool*
" Coffee maker & filters
" Can opener*

Food  (example)

" Oatmeal & other cereals*
" Power bars
" Trail mix
" Freeze-dried & MREs
" Dried soups & noodles*
" Drink mix (hot chocolate & coffee*)
" Potable water* (min. of 64 oz/day)
" Powdered milk*
" Cookies* & candy*
" Bread items*
" Canned/Dried/Fresh* fruit
" Canned* soups, meals & vegetables

Editor’s Notes:
*Single asterisk items added by editor
from his list for Broken Group, B.C.
**Bear spray is probably inappropriate in that Canadian customs may not allow
pepper spray, black bears don’t inhabit
the Broken Group, grizzlies consider it an appetizer, and, since a fellow camper encountered a snarling wolf with cubs on our last trip,‘ snarling wolf spray’ would probably be more appropriate.

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