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Packing List:
Ten Thousand Islands Kayaking

Bags & Packing

Duffel Bag(s)

Your travel bags will remain in our trailer while we kayak.

We recommend packing one or two small to medium-size duffle(s) with all your clothing and personal gear. It’s OK to bring a suitcase instead, but most adventurers prefer working out of soft-sided duffel bags.

Small Packing Cubes or Stuff Sacks Recommended, but Optional

These help keep your clothing and gear organized.


(3–4) Synthetic T-Shirts, Tanks, or Athletic Tops

Tops made for running or working out are good choices. Stick to moisture-wicking fabrics.

(2–3) Hiking or Athletic Shorts

Bring shorts designed for running or working out. Look for moisture-wicking nylon, polyester, nylon/spandex, or polyester/spandex fabrics. No cotton.

Long Sleeve Baselayer Top

Look for wool, Capilene, or polyester fabrics. No cotton.

Pair of Baselayer Bottoms

Moisture-wicking long underwear bottoms or ankle-length tights made for training or running. Look for wool, Capilene, nylon/spandex, or polyester/spandex. No cotton.

(2–3) Pairs Athletic Underwear

Stick to moisture-wicking fabrics. No cotton. If you pack shorts with built-in liners, you can pack fewer pairs of underwear.

(2) Sports Bras

(If applicable.) Stick to synthetic or wool fabrics. No cotton.

Upper Body Insulation Layer

A warm, thick polyester fleece jacket or synthetic "puffy" jacket. This should be able to be worn under your rain jacket. No cotton.

Waterproof/Breathable Rain Jacket

A lightweight hard shell you can wear over your other upper body layers.

Waterproof/Breathable Rain Pants Optional

Casual Clothing for Travel

Hand, Neck, & Headwear

Lightweight Gloves Optional

Fleece, Power Stretch, or other gloves made for running or for use as a medium-weight liner.

Hat with a Brim

A baseball hat, visor, or sun hat.

Knit Hat Recommended, but Optional

A wool, synthetic knit, or fleece hat for cool nights.

Mosquito Head Net Optional

Face Mask(s)

Required for our van ride to and from Miami.


Pair of River Sandals or Water Shoes

Bring either sport sands with ankle straps (like Chacos or Tevas) or water shoes. Flip flops are not acceptable.

Camp Shoes Recommended, but Optional

Crocs, sneakers, or light hiking shoes work well.

Paddling-Specific Apparel

Neoprene Socks Optional

These keep your feet warm when wet. Make sure they work well with your river sandals or water shoes.

Paddling Gloves Recommended, but Optional


Sleeping Bag and Stuff Sack

A bag rated for 20-degrees is appropriate for this adventure.

Stick to a compressible, mummy-cut sleeping bag designed for backpacking.

Camping/Travel Pillow Recommended, but Optional

A compressible or inflatable camping pillow can make nights more comfortable.

LED Headlamp and Spare Batteries

Water Bottles

One 32-oz bottle is appropriate for this trip.

Pick a bottle with a screw-top lid that covers the areas your mouth contacts.

Personal Care

Sunglasses with Strap


Pack at least 5-oz of sunscreen.

We recommend SPF 30. No aerosol spray cans.

Lip Balm with SPF

Small Bottle of Hand Sanitizer


Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, soap, shampoo, conditioner, face wash, lotion, moisturizer with SPF, brush/comb, etc.

Small Microfiber Camp Towel Recommended, but Optional

Any Medications You Take

Menstrual Hygiene Supplies

(If applicable) Tampons, Diva Cup, or pads. Pack 50% more supplies than you expect to need.

Spare Glasses or Contact Lenses

(If applicable)

Insect Repellent

Look for the active ingredient DEET. Ben's brand is packaged well for backcountry travel. No aerosol sprays.

Bathing / Body Wipes Recommended, but Optional

Other Items


For lunch on day 5.

Guide Gratuity

Please consider rewarding hard work and excellent service with a guide gratuity at the end of the adventure.

Notebook and Pen Optional

Personal Reading Material Optional

Camera Optional