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Kayaking Checklist

Kayaking Checklist

A comprehensive list on what to pack (and what to not forget) when planning your next paddling trip.


Paddling brings a different level of freedom, and many paddlers have been able to find that joy during the pandemic by engaging in the ultimate social distancing activity. Many paddlers are extending their boundaries with longer day trips, or overnight excursions.

The great thing about paddling is that you can afford to pack in some extra luxuries that you might otherwise leave behind on a backpacking trip. Whether you're planning a river run of the Restigouche, or a solo island overnight at Spednic, this checklist will make sure you have the essentials for the best (and worst) conditions. Be sure to also read our camping checklist to be sure that you don't leave anything behind on your overnight excursions. 


Boat Specific & Safety Essentials: Recommended for All Trips

  • Kayak
  • Paddle (plus a spare)
  • PFD (personal floatation device)
  • Spray skirt
  • Bilge Pump/Sponge/bailing container
  • Rescue Throw Bag
  • Whistle
  • Boat Tie Downs (plus extra cord for bow & stern)
  • Waterproof Headlamp/Deck Lighting (for nighttime or low visibility paddling)
  • Dry Bags & Electronics cases
  • trip plan left with someone


Navigation & Trip Essentials

  • Map or marine chart
  • Map case
  • Compass
  • Knife or multitool
  • Watch
  • GPS w/weather information
  • First aid kit
  • Paddle float
  • Towline
  • Sunscreen



  • Quick dry pants or shorts
  • UPF protected long sleeve shirt
  • Short sleeve shirt or rashguard
  • Sun hat and/or warm hat
  • Bandana/buff
  • Sunglasses w/strap
  • Sandals or paddle shoes
  • Bathing suit
  • Rain pants & rain jacket (or dry top)
  • Wetsuit for colder temperatures
  • Neoprene gloves
  • fFeece or synthetic midlayer
  • Wool socks
  • Wool gloves


Personal Items: 

  • Water bottles or reservoir
  • Water treatment or filter
  • Lip balm
  • Bug repellant
  • Fire starter
  • Emergency shelter or tent
  • Extra paracord
  • Notebook
  • Credit card or small amount of cash
  • Binoculars
  • Chair or hammock
  • camera
  • Soap/hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Extra pack out bags
  • Packable towel
  • Sacks & meals
  • Stoves & cookware
  • toiletries & medications


Don't forget to also leave a change of clothes in your vehicle after you've completed your trip! Be sure to check out our other checklists to complete your trips. Have fun out there! 


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