Day Trip Gear List

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Dress in a few light layers rather than one heavy one. This will allow you to adjust easily to changing weather conditions or activity level. We recommend synthetic fibers such as polypropylene or nylon because of their ability to dry quickly and polyester fleece or merino wool for its ability to retain body heat when wet. You will put your feet in the water when getting in and out of the kayak, so be sure to wear footwear that you do not care about getting in saltwater. Wet suit booties, sandals with a strap, or old tennis shoes work well.


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  • Shorts with polypropylene/merino wool longs johns (my personal favorite!) OR Pants that can “push up” to your knee
  • T-shirt/Long sleeve shirt
  • Insulating layer, such as a long sleeve poly or merino wool layer
  • Light Jacket for wind and/or rain
  • Rain Pants
  • Hats: for sun or cold
  • Gloves: synthetic or neoprene
  • Footwear: wet suit booties, sandals with straps or old shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • High energy snacks
  • One quart (at least) of water
  • Lunch for a full day trip, unless catered


  • Bring at least one quart of water!
  • Bring lunch for a full day trip unless it is catered
  • Use your own judgement to be prepared for weather changes
  • You may not need all that is listed, use it as a good reference and check list

Suggested Clothing and Equipment for a 2-3 Day Trip


  • Long underwear: polypropylene or merino wool tops and bottoms (1-2)
  • Pants: quick-drying synthetic (1-2)
  • Sweaters/jacket/vest: synthetic pile (1-2)
  • Socks: wool or thick synthetic (3-5)
  • Undies: one for each day of course
  • Shorts/T Shirt/tank tops: synthetic (1)
  • Rain Gear: top, bottom and hat (rain gear that works well can make the difference for a comfortable experience)
  • Sun Hat: brimmed
  • Warm Hat: wool or synthetic pile
  • Mittens/Gloves: synthetic pile
  • Paddling Gloves: neoprene are best
  • Footwear: for paddling
  • Footwear: for camp and walking (socks with sandals work well if you’d like to fit in with Washingtonians :)


  • Lunch for each day of the trip (unless catered)
  • High energy snacks
  • Water bottle (filled)
  • Small day pack
  • Sunscreen/Lip salve
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlight or headlamp/extra batteries
  • Personal toiletries
  • Toothpaste, biodegradable soap
  • Towel: quick dry or synthetic
  • Insect repellent (optional)


  • Tent: in good condition with a full rainfly and ground cloth
  • Sleeping Bag: rated for temperatures 20 degrees F. No cotton please!
  • Sleeping pad
  • Camp pillow is nice


  • Camera Gear: protected from salt water
  • Pocket Knife
  • Book
  • Binoculars
  • Drawing or Writing Material
  • Fishing Gear/License (optional)
  • Compass (optional)


  • Be prepared for weather changes.
  • Use ‘dry bags’ or waterproof your nylon sacks by lining them with plastic bags.
  • Pack several small bags rather than one large one
  • Four small (10 L) dry bags should be sufficient for gear other than food, sleeping bag, pad, and tent.
  • Pack compactly-this makes loading the kayaks easier
  • Bring high-energy snacks, and at least one quart of water. Water for the rest of the trip will be provided.
  • You may not need all of this. Use your own judgment to be prepared.

*If you book a multi-day trip with us we will email you a specific packing list with your trip itinerary. Use the above as a good general outline.