We supply nearly everything necessary for your expedition with us. You will only need to bring your clothes and a few personal items. The equipment we will supply includes:
- tandem fiberglass or hand-crafted wooden sea kayaks
- paddling accessories: PFDs (personal floatation devices), paddles, spray skirts
- all cooking gear, utensils, water bottles
- three excellent meals for each full day, plus snacks
- two and three-person tents with rain flyes, and vestibules
- rain tarps
- 20-degree sleeping bags with liners
- inflatable Therm-a-Rest™ mattresses with chair kits
- coated nylon rain gear
- rubber boots, up to size 13 men's
- field guide books, fishing gear
- sunscreen, insect repellant, biodegradable soap, toilet paper
- emergency communications VHF marine radio, signaling equipment
- first aid and repair kits
- dry bags for your clothing and personal gear
What You'll Need to Bring
While some of the items in the packing list are strictly optional, others are essential for your comfort and safety.
In order to fit both you and your gear into your kayak comfortably, plan on packing your clothing into a waterproof dry bag which is 24" x 9" in diameter. We'll provide these bags. You should also bring a daypack (small backpack or fanny pack), for miscellaneous articles. Your day pack should be small enough to fit comfortably on your lap or between your legs while paddling. We also provide a small dry bag which can be kept handy throughout the trip for those often used items (binoculars, small camera, hat, glasses, etc.). This dry bag can be kept inside the kayak or clipped to the outside deck for easy access.
We will provide storage for any luggage you cannot take on the expedition.
Clothing. The particular quantity and combination of items you bring is up to you. However, be sure to bring enough warm clothes. Thermal underwear is highly recommended. Dress in layers for maximum flexibility; you should be able to wear everything you bring at the same time! Bring an extra layer you do not really think you will need.
Underwear. Your regular underwear is fine.
Long Underwear. Polypropylene — not cotton.
Wool Socks. The warmth, cushion, and absorbency of thick wool socks are important. There is nothing worse than wet feet. Bring several pair — enough to change your socks each day.
Pants. A synthetic pair like Polartec™ or Synchilla™. They don't absorb much water, are warm when wet, and dry quickly. Bring one pair other than what you are wearing to be used as a reserve.
Shirts. Warm long-sleeved wool or synthetic. Cotton soaks up water and becomes cold and uncomfortable. One or two depending on length of trip.
Other Shirts. Short-sleeved or T-shirts. Two or three for longer trips.
Comfortable Shoes. For use around camp. A pair of sandals or Crocs won't take up much space and can be clipped to the outside of your dry bag. Please note that most of the time (including hikes) you will be wearing your rubber boots.
Sweater or Fleece Jacket. This is your insulation layer. If you tend to be cold, you should bring two or more insulation layers.
Rain Gear. We provide thin, coated-nylon rain gear — bibs and jacket with hood. If you have raingear, you are welcome to bring it.
Warm Hat. Should be wool or synthetic and cover ears (not a baseball hat).
Gloves. Lightweight neoprene diver's gloves work well for paddling.
Shorts. For sunny days!
Equipment. The equipment you bring always fills the space available for it! If it doesn't fit in your daypack or dry bags, you can leave it in Gustavus.
Day Pack. A day pack is great for keeping things close by in your kayak, and on short walks or hikes. To keep things inside dry, consider lining it with a trash bag.
Sunglasses. One pair — polarized sunglasses allow you to see into the water.
Binoculars. For respectful, non-intrusive wildlife viewing. We do not approach wildlife.
Medications. Please bring an extra supply of any medications you depend on, so that you are sure to have a protected supply in our waterproof first aid kit.
Toiletry Items. Toothbrush, comb or small brush, personal items, disposable razors, etc. It is best not to bring overly-scented soaps, sprays, and lotions — as they might attract wildlife.
Miscellaneous. A cap with sun visor, pocket knife, camera, extra batteries, flashlight or headlamp, bandanna, small pack-towel or washcloth, personal fishing gear, reading and writing materials, and several zip-lock bags to keep items dry.