Traveler's Gear List: Paddling In The Parks
Paddling trips in the national parks take more than a little planning. To help ensure you cover all the bases and leave nothing necessary at home, here's Traveler's gear list for overnight paddling trips.
* Tent(s) with ground cloth and rain fly.
* Sleeping bags and sleeping pads, with repair kit for inflatable pads.
* Rainfly or mesh room (such as Kelty's Bug Blocker) for dining area.
* Cookstove, with fuel and repair kit. Some stove manufacturers prepackage repair items in a handy waterproof bag.
* Eating utensils, plate, bowl, cup. Larger cook kit and frying pan depending on your menu.
* Biodegradable dish soap and nylon scrubbing pad.
* Lantern for camp.
* Waterproof matches or butane lighter stored in plastic bag or dry bag.
* MSR Dromedary water bag or similar.
* Solar shower.
* Canoe, kayak, or raft.
* Paddles with a spare.
* Paddle leash for kayakers.
* Paddle jacket.
* Life jackets/PFD/spray skirt.
* Whistles attached to life jackets/PFDs.
* Throw rope.
* Painter (rope attached to boat's bow for tying up or towing)
* Maps/GPS unit/compass.
* Plastic map sleeve.* Dry bags for tent, sleeping bag and pad, rainfly, clothing.
* Smaller dry bags (one per person) of personal items such as wallet, car keys, camera, cellphone).
* Bailing bucket and sponge.
* Kneepad if canoeing.
* Water bottles.
* Water filter or other purification system.
* Bear spray if you're paddling in bear country.
* Bug juice.
* Headlamps and or flashlight, with extra batteries.
* Rope for hanging food from tree or bear bar if available.
* First-Aid kit with bandages, butterly closures, compresses, gauze rolls, adhesive tape, Ace bandage, triple-antibiotic ointment, safety pins, aspirin or similar, antibiotics such as Cipro, tweezers, needle, moleskin, wilderness First-aid book. You can make this easy by purchasing a prepackaged medical kit from REI, Adventure Medical, or similiar outlet.
* Paperback book, deck of cards.
* Rain gear: jackets and pants.
* Footwear: One pair for wearing while on the water, another pair of lightweight hiking shoes or something similar that's comfortable for hiking short distances and/or wearing around camp.
* Clothing: A quick-dry, short-sleeve synthetic T-shirt or two for paddling in; swimsuit or shorts for paddling in; long pair of pants (preferably quick-drying), long-sleeved shirt, maybe fleece jacket or windbreaker for off the water depending on season, long-range forecast. Socks. Undies.
* Toiletries: TP, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, Chapstick, deodorant, etc. A travel-sized packet of anti-bacterial wipes, or similar, is great to have.
* Meals, including snacks while paddling, seasonings, and possibly an extra day's meals just in case.
* Trowel for digging "cat holes" if necessary.
* Emergency shelter.
* Duct tape.
* Multipurpose tool.
* Trash bag for hauling garbage out with you.
* Duffle bag of clean clothes left in car that you can change into after ending the trip.
* Camp chairs.
* Notebook with pen/pencil.
* Boating permit picked up at visitor center or park entrance station.