Equipment checklist

Cue John Laws voice over… “This is Scott. Scott’s a kayak instructor. That’s why we can’t show you his face on TV. The fact that Scott is on the water may prompt you to ask, what kind of gear do instructors use? Show them Scott.”

Scott The Paddler

Working out which gear to take on each trip is a balancing act. It is important to have everything you might want or need but there is limited space in which to carry it. The list below is designed to assist you with the planning process. It is not necessarily exhaustive and some items are optional but it may help in deciding what is most important to you.

On the water

Paddle craft – kayak, canoe, or stand up paddleboard
Paddle & spare
Spray deck
Bow line – at least 3m
Pealess whistle
Paddle leash
Hand pump or bailer
Long sleeved paddling shirt x 2
Paddling shorts or pants x 2
Paddling shoes
Paddling gloves
Sun hat with chin strap
Sunglasses with retainer
Sunscreen and lip balm
Water bottles

Equipment Checklist On The Water


Tent – compact
Hiker fly
Sleeping bag – compact
Sleeping bag liner
Sleeping mat & pillow
Ear plugs
Pack towel & wash cloth
Toiletries (biodegradable)
Toilet paper
Pegless clothes line
Solar shower
Personal medicine
Insect repellent
Small first aid kit
Sewing kit
Torch/headlamp & spare batteries
Pocket knife

Equipment Checklist Camping


Lightweight burner & fuel
Lightweight pot(s)
Dish liquid (biodegradable)
Drinking water

Equipment Checklist Eating

Other clothing

Wool or fleece jumper
Thermal top & bottom
Warm gloves
T-shirt x 2
Lightweight trousers and shorts (consider zip off legs) x 2
Pair of wool or synthetic socks x 2
Walking shoes
Rain jacket with stowable hood.
Rain pants`

Equipment Checklist Other Clothing

Other items

Prescription glasses or contacts & spares
Camera/Video camera, with spare batteries
Notebook & pen/pencil
Playing cards
Dry bags for all your gear
Day pack

Equipment Checklist Other Items

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