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Kayak Packing List

Over the next few weeks we’ll be undertaking an epic kayaking journey along the East Coast of Australia. Starting in Brisbane we’ll head north, seeing where the weather allows us to go and how far our tiny budget will carry us.

Since the length of our trip is not yet clear, we wanted to be prepared for many types of Queensland weather. Since we may end up around some truly spectacular reefs, naturally couldn’t leave snorkeling gear behind… All and all it has resulted into a much longer kayak packing list either of us anticipated. Still, we promise that every item is totally justified!

Here is our Kayak Packing List of all the stuff we’ll be hauling along for several weeks (or perhaps months, although looking at the back account, probably not…) to come on our journey. We tried our hardest to find links for as many products as we could. Unfortunately we’re not millionaires… So a lot of our gear is either really old, 2nd hand (thank God for eBay) or homemade (thank Sam for his handy craftsmanship). Hopefully you guys can just look the other way for some missing links? Great! Happy snooping!


kayak packing list

  • SheWee
  • Travel Towel x4
  • First Aid Kit (same as here)
  • RipCurl Wash Bag
  • Razor
  • Toothbrush x2 + toothpaste
  • Organic Soap
  • Wooden Comb
  • Rexona Deodorant x2
  • Cancer Council Sunscreen + Lipbalm
  • Sea to Summit Hydraulic 65L Dry Pack
  • Telescopic Fishing Rod
  • Tackle Box
  • Fishing Knive
  • Dive Knive
  • SteriPen Ultra
  • Leatherman Wave
  • Carabiners
  • Headlamp x2
  • Novel – Tracks
  • Journal + Pen
  • Novel – Crescent Dawn
  • Trowel
  • Cressi Mask Set
  • SEAC Speed Fins
  • Roxy Syncro 3/2mm Steamer
  • Rain Jacket
  • Truckers Cap
  • Beanie
  • Sunnies
  • Boardshorts x2
  • RipCurl LS Rashie
  • O’Neill Tank Top Rashie
  • O’Neill Surf Leggings
  • Bikini x3 (Roxy top + bottom, Roxy & last year’s set)
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Fleece Vest
  • MacPac Geothermal LS Shirt x2
  • Kathmandu Thermal Leggings
  • Thongs / Flip Flops
  • Volley Sneakers
  • Explorer Socks
  • Feel like you’re missing something? Food! We decided to leave food out, since we don’t have a resupply system in place. Unlike with hiking, we find that a couple extra kilo’s here and there really don’t make that much of a difference. This is great because now we can skip all the expensive freeze dried meals and simply resupply at supermarkets. There will be plenty along the way. Since weight is not that big of an issue, but water and fuel is at point, we’ll be eating lots of ready to eat meals. Think beans, 2 minute rice, curries and simple wraps. Aside from that we’ll be doing some serious fishing in places to keep things fresh.

    Some more items that got left out are our emergency kits (flares, v-sheet, mirror, the works). These will live in the pocket of our PFD’s where they belong. And last but not least: (drum roll) the poop tube. Say what? Yep! That’s right… We came up with (perhaps a slightly mad idea) of building a kayak tent platform. We had a good look at the places we wanted to visit and noticed that some have campsites way to far apart. It would probably wear us out more than would allow us to really enjoy our trips, so we decided to take our own floating campsite with us. Now we can raft up in calm bays, creeks and rivers along the way without wrecking any national park land or having to trespass. Since you can’t go using waterways as toilets, we’ll be lugging our own “facilities” with us, portaledging climber style.

    What do you think of our kayak packing list? Did we pack too much or too little? Is there anything you would’ve done differently or got any kayaking gear you would never paddle out without? Make sure to let us know in the comments below! Wish us luck!

    UPDATE! So we managed to get ourselves from Brisbane to the top of the Noosa River and back again to Boreen Point before our budget (and unfortunately the kayak tent platform) gave out. We were hoping to be able to setup our little floating campsite in Hill Inlet (where you can find the famous Whitehaven Beach), but… that’s life. So reluctantly we head back towards Brisbane to make some unforeseen repairs to our yacht (one of the main reasons our budget gave out) and impatiently await our next adventure out to sea. But this time we’ll head south in a slightly more comfortable vessel.

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    July 29, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    You are taking a Blackwolf sleeping bag and a Globe instead of the Columbus that you talked up in other posts?
    Why is that and which Blackwolf?
    Good luck on the trip

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      July 29, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      Hey Tony,

      I still absolutely love my Columbus, but it is a down sleeping bag rated for temperatures a lot lower than we will encounter on our trip. Since we will spend many nights on our kayak tent platform (post coming really soon, stay tuned) which will hang us just a little bit above the water and since in Tropical North Queensland heavy rain is common, I’m expecting our sleeping bags to get wet. The idea of saturating my down sleeping Bag with salt water frankly gives me shivers (it would most likely be ruined), that’s why I’ve got myself a synthetic sleeping bag which is more appropriate for the temperatures, climate and activities of this trip. The Globe will be less warm and heavier than the Columbus, but more durable and can handle getting wet a lot better. The Blackwolf sleeping bag is Micron 250 which Sam’s had for years. Hope that answered you questions and thanks for the luck! We’ll need it.


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    Chris Andrews
    August 10, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    That’s a great photo montage of the gear — it must have taken a while to put it together!

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    August 10, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Thanks Chris! It certainly wasn’t a quick job 🙂

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    Mark Gronso
    October 2, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    On you list, are “sunnies” the same as “chums?” The dodads that hold your sunglasses on your head when you go upside down. These are a must for me as my prescription sunglasses are speedy.


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      October 9, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      Hey Mark, “sunnies” are just Aussie slang for sunglasses. We didn’t bring any sunglasses retainers, which was a mistake! Two pairs were lost at sea… Luckily they weren’t expensive.

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    Mark Gronso
    October 2, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    *spendy* srry

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