Day Paddle Gear Checklist

Posted: October 28, 2008 by Jeff Fabiszewski in Gear Reviews
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I have spent more than twenty years enjoying the outdoors. I spent my youth in Pennsylvania hiking, backpacking, trail running, mountain biking, rock climbing, and caving. The one thing that I have learned from all of those activities is the need to carry a small daypack. Now I live in Florida, kayaking has become my primary outdoor sport, and I am still using a daypack on my afternoon paddles. I have not seen a lot about a small kit containing gear for a day paddle. Therefore, I am sharing what I always take out on the water inside of a small dry bag, in addition to the basis paddling gear.

Checklist: The Day Paddle Gear – stowed in a hatch

 

 

OUNCES

PACKING

 

 

 

5 Liter Dry bag

2.00

 

 

 

CLOTHES

 

 

 

fleece cap (covers ears & neck)

2.00

 

Windstopper micro fleece vest w/stuff sack

11.00

 

Kokatat Storm Cag w/stuff sack

3.00

 

Rain/wind pants w/stuff sack

7.00

 

 

 

NAVIGATION

This is extra if I should lose what’s on deck

 

 

Compass

8.40

 

chart (2 @ .2 oz per chart)

0.40

 

paper, pencil, reading specs

0.49

 

petzl zipka led headlamp w/ 6 AAA batteries (3 are extra)

3.42

 

 

 

OTHER

All placed together in a extra small dry bag

 

 

knife

 

 

waterproof matches

 

 

fire starter

 

 

duct tape

 

 

Extra whistle

 

 

 

 

first aid kit

 

6.00

 

 

 

ESSENTIALS

 

 

 

Prescription glasses with cord in hard case

2.61

 

sun block

3.00

 

space bag (emergency overnight bivy)

2.68

 

pack towel

1.52

 

 

 

FOOD

enough for one and a half days

32.00

The grand total is: just a little more than 85.52 ounces or 5.345 pounds

 

The basic paddling gear is: common sense, a float plan left with a friend, kayak, life jacket (PFD), whistle, spray skirt, two paddles (one is a back up), wide brim hat, long sleeve shirt, sun block, chap stick, and a minimum of 32 ounces of water.

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