The Old Sea Dog’s Gear Locker [44]

The OSD has once again bowed to the hundreds of thousands of requests for reprints of his invaluable compendium of gear to be taken on kayak trips (in other words he is too lazy to write a new Gear Locker article).

Since he feels that extended kayak touring is the ultimate sea-going experience, he is happy to refresh the memories of older members and assist newer paddlers to venture forth on overnight trips in comfort and safety.

The OSD’S Kayak Camping Checklist

Kayak Essentials

  • kayak
  • paddle & leash
  • spray skirt
  • maps & charts
  • compass
  • signalling devices (mirror, flares, V sheet)
  • 15 metre towline
  • drinking water (accessible on deck)
  • snacks (jellybeans, chocolates)
  • deck knife
  • sponge & bailer
  • sunglasses & sunscreen
  • hat/helmet

Kayak Clothing

  • PFD
  • spray jacket or cag
  • poly top
  • shorts
  • wetboots or sandals
  • OSD reducing earmuffs
  • Additional Kayak Gear
  • spare paddle
  • repair kit (duct tape,
  • pliers, screwdriver, 5 minute epoxy, needle & thread)
  • first aid kit
  • dry bags

Camping Gear

  • tent/ground cloth
  • sleeping bag
  • sleeping mat
  • sit pad (cut from an old foam sleeping mat)
  • swiss army knife
  • grog (in moderation, of course)
  • matches
  • stove & fuel
  • cooking set & utensils
  • water in PET bottle or wine cask bladder
  • water filter
  • food
  • headlamp or torch
  • candle lantern
  • 30 m of nylon cord
  • toilet paper & trowel
  • toothbrush & paste
  • bug repellent
  • small towel
  • personal items
  • camera & film
  • watch
  • camping & fire permits
  • money & phonecard
  • notebook & pencil
  • map & itinerary of trip (including name of
  • nearest ranger station left with someone at home)

Other Gear

  • tiger balm
  • fish-killing apparatus
  • kite/frisbee
  • and a partridge in a pear tree

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