Kayak Touring – Clothing

Here is a detailed list of the clothing I took on our 6 day (5 night) kayak tour. We were given a 10 litre dry bag as a “day bag” and a 20 litre dry bag as a “camp bag”. Once we got the hang of squishing all the air out of the bags, they condensed pretty good.


Teva Sandals – Can get wet, great soles for walking on oyster shells. Keen Sandals would also be good. Both guides had them.

Technical Crop Pants – I would take longish shorts next time, don’t take a belt.

Icebreaker Undies – My biggest coup was to take a pair for each day. I would start each day with dry undies under my damp pants.

Rashguard Shirt – 2 – I started wearing just one, but had to add the second one for warmth. I use rashguards for their sun blocking ability.

Light Jacket – I wore a light jacket for warmth, but it was getting wet each day. Next time, I would find a more water repellent jacket.

Wide Brimmed Hat – Geeky hat plus a glasses strap as I was wearing my prescription sunglasses on the water.

Paddling Gloves – When we started to paddled in the spring, when it was chilly, I was wearing an old pair of full neoprene scuba diving gloves. I continued to wear them all summer and on this trip.

Fuzzy – This was an older fuzzy that went in my day bag so I could don it at lunch time to stay warm. Had this one in case it got wet so my camp warm layer stayed dry.

Gortex Jacket – Since it was chilly, I carried my camp jacket in my day bag to wear at lunch to help stay warm. If the weather was hotter, it would have stayed in my camp bag.

Toque – I also started carrying my camp toque in my day bag for lunchtime warmth.


Hiking Shoes – I brought along an old pair of hiking shoes. Runners would also be an option.

Wool Socks – 2 pair – 1 to wear everyday and a spare in case the first pair got wet.

Technical Pants – 2 pair – 1 to wear everyday and a spare in case the first pair got wet.

Lightweight Long Johns and Top – Because I get cold easy, I never camp without long johns. I wore these every day!

Icebreaker Long Sleeved Tops – 2 – 1 to wear everyday and a spare in case the first got wet.

Synthetic Down Jacket – I wore this everyday in camp!

Toque and Mitts – Toque got worn everyday. Mitts were not worn, but might have been if it had rained hard.

Gortex Jacket – This was my rain jacket but I wore it everyday for warmth.

Gortex Rain Pants – In case it rained. Were not worn.

PJs – I originally thought to wear my long underwear to sleep in but it was too hot, so I brought a light T shirt and slept in the T shirt and undies. In hindsight, I wish I had a light pair of PJ pants to wear as a clammy sleeping bag doesn’t feel nice on bare legs.

Large Ziploc Bag – This is to put wet undies and any other wet clothes in to keep them separate.

Debbie at Teakerne Arm Campsite
Debbie at the Teakerne Arm Campsite (Photo by Richard Romer of Island Romer Adventures)

I brought my heavy down sleeping bag, which I found just a tad warm. But I would prefer to be too warm than cold. Next time I may test my lightweight bag before and take that one and wear heavier PJs.

I always take a few extra clothes in case of getting wet. For this trip I had one pair of extra socks, pants and a long sleeved shirt. I think this was reasonable and not too much extra. It would not be good to have a wet and cold Debbie.

For you ladies who are wondering how to work the undies. I would put dry undies on when we got to the campsite each day, under my dry camp clothes. I would sleep in my undies and wear them the next day under my kayak clothes. They would then be soaked and I would change them at the next campsite.

Murray’s clothes were very similar to mine. He also took extra socks, pants and a shirt. He did not have a light kayaking jacket. He only had 1 pair of kayak underwear and 1 pair of camp underwear, so he put on wet underwear every morning. Yikes!

We paired down our toiletries to the bare minimum. We had a first aid kit that would remedy the basic hurts and sicknesses.

You will find a condensed version of this list under the menu item “Packing Lists” under Kayak Touring.

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