What to Bring

What do I need to bring?

Most people use two bags, one for food/large items, and the other for clothes/personal stuff
you might want in the tent at night. Total of 50lbs per person, plus tent. Sturdy, stackable rubbermaid tubs can be substitued for bags. LABEL YOUR BAGS; THEY ALL LOOK ALIKE.

Keep in mind that your gear will be hauled with that of approximately 80 other people, so it should be sturdy and easily identifiable. Please remember that the ground crew is mostly volunteers, so be kind and keep it light. If you choose to bring a cooler, you’ll need to carry it in your vessel with you. DO NOT BRING LARGE COOLERS.

A list of suggested gear is below.

On Water Equipment – Required

A list of area outfitters is posted on the paddle website if you need to rent gear
– Paddle (2 pieces, if kayak) – some people carry a spare
– kayak or canoe, registration current, if required
– life jacket
– water bottle (2)

Highly Recommended
– dry bag for gear on boat and/or deck bag
– sun hat, sunglasses & strap
– sponge and/or bilge pump
– rope (short hank) for boat – handy for pulling in shallows
– sealable container for lunch and other small items
– pocket knife

Recommended List
– tent – including groundcloth, stakes, poles, & rope for clothesline
– sleeping pad, sleeping bag (liner is nice), pillow case (stuff with clothes for pillow)
– tarp to use as tent doormat & rain cover for gear
– wick dry shirts (3)
– camp shirts (3) (paddle t-shirt & others)
– light fleece & heavy fleece – could be cool at night
– windbreaker with hood
– rain gear, jacket & pants – worth investing in better than a poncho
– gloves, headband, hat for cool weather
– shorts – quick dry for paddling (2)
– pants (3) khaki, wind suit, synthetic knit
– undergarments, socks, longjohns (if it’s cold at night you’ll be happier)
– towel, wash cloth, soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm
– swimsuit
– water shoes
– lightweight boots or tennis shoes for camp, sandals
– mesh dirty clothes bag
– headlamp or flashlight, & extra batteries
– tiny-lightweight folding camp stool (NO FULL SIZE LAWN CHAIRS)
– sunscreen & insect repellant
– notepad/pen
– cell phone (TURNED OFF)
– games and/or book
– cash (shouldn’t need much-but there may be some “luxuries” or souvenirs)
– camera (fully charged & extra battery or memory card)
– personal first aid kit/prescription medicine
– map to destination & trip printouts
– SPORK or fork, spoon, knife, mug (double as bowl), plate

Total for transport weighing less than 50 pounds