How many guys here like to camp out of their kayak?
An overnighter on my local flow is one of my favorite things to do. Where I am, in Texas, our trespassing laws are such that the riverbed is considered public land as long as the river has been declared a "navigable waterway" by the state. So doing some camping while on a river float is pretty popular thing to do here. But I understand that this may not be possible in some other states.
I'm a MAJOR gear head. So if anyone would like to get into what camping equipment they use, feel free.
I'm not an ounce-counter but I tend to use quite a bit of gear designed for ultralight backpacking. With some exceptions. Those exceptions are laid down when my comfort comes into account. Since I paddle an Ultimate 14.5 mostly, I have enough room for the gear that would classify as bulky.
• Tent: REI Quarter Dome T3 w/Ground Tarp – Used for winter camping and when I take the girlfriend along.
• Hammock: Claytor Jungle Hammock – Used for solo summer trips.
• Winter Sleeping Bag: REI Mojave +15 Down Bag – Double bagged in an Event fabric waterproof compression sack and a 20L dry bag.
• Summer Sleeping Bag: REI Travel Sack +55 Synthetic Bag – Kept it in an Event fabric compression sack also and thrown in the same dry bag as my hammock/tent.
• Sleeping Bag Liner: Sea to Summit Cotton Liner – Always used when sleeping. In a bag or out. Helps keep some of the stink off of my bag, hammock, and pad.
• Pillow: Therm-a-rest Stuff Sack Pillow – Stuff sack with a fabric lining that you turn inside out and stuff with clothes to make a pillow. Works great.
• Tent Sleeping Pad: 3.5” Thick REI Self Inflatable Pad – Bulky, but I don’t care. Great pad.
• Hammock Sleeping Pad: 2” Thick Cabelas Self Inflatable Pad – Used in the hammock to insulate my underside and prevent mosquito bites on my underside. Also carried in the event that I can’t find a suitable place to hang and have to sleep on the ground.
• Overnight Cooler: Coleman Marine 28 qt. – Perfect for this length trip.
• 2+ Night Cooler: Coleman Extreme Marine 36 qt. – Good compromise between size and function. Too big for most kayaks though.
• Furniture: REI Camp Chair or Stool – I take whichever one I have room for.
• Trash Bag: REI Large Mesh Bag – Catch all in camp and the boat.
• Stove: Jetboil – Works great for boiling water but hard to cook on. Might look into getting another stove that is better for that.
• Water Filter: Katadyn Vario Water Microfilter - Haven’t had to use yet. Carried for emergencies mainly.
• Lantern: Brunton Polaris Lantern – Carry two. Small LED units.
• Headlamp: Cabelas Alaskan Guide Series and Cyclops Orion Clip Light – No problems with headlamp, but find myself using the clip on light mostly.
• Flashlight: Coleman Cree XLamp LED – 2 AA Model. Very bright and rugged.
• Saw: Cabelas Outfitter Series – Small double edged pack saw.
• Hatchet: Buck Camp Hatchet – Used for several jobs.
• Firestarter: Diamond Strike-A-Fire Starter Sticks, Coleman Butane Lighter, Waterproof Matches – There are much cheaper alternatives though.
• Plate: Sea to Summit X-Plate – Collapsible dinner plate/cutting board.
• Utensils: REI Lexan Set – Cheap and durable.
• First Aid Kit: 3 Man – Need to make up my own though.
• Shower: Stearns Sun Shower – Found this on sale. Packs small. If you ever try one of these, you won't go camping without one.
• Toilet Paper: Small Camping Rolls – I bring plenty.
• Gun: Ruger Single Six or Kimber 1911 – Insurance I hope I never need.
Extra Clothing Packed:
• Jacket: XPS Soft Shell – Around the fire. (Winter)
• Fleece: REI Woodland Vest – Used for layering. (Winter)
• Beanie: Under Armour – Pack an extra one to sleep in. (Winter)
• Gloves: NRS Hydroskin – If needed. (Winter)
• Neck Gaiter: Under Armour – If needed to pull up over my grill on cold days. (Winter)
• Shoes: North Face Hedgehog GTX Trail Runners – I like to get out of my waders ASAP after returning to camp for the night. (Winter)
• Flip Flops: Columbia Marlins – Gotta have them. (Summer)
• Pants: Under Armour Fishing Pants – Nylon with the zip off leg. (All Seasons)
• Shirt: XPS Supplex Fishing Shirt – Nylon. (All Seasons)
• Underwear: Under Armour – Undershirt, boxer briefs, and socks. (All Seasons)
• Towels: Cheap Thin Ones – Normally bring two bath size and one hand towel. (All seasons)
• Misc.: Toiletry Kit – Gotta have it.
• Dehydrated Meals: Mountain House Brand – Lasagna, Beef Stroganoff, and Spaghetti are my favorites.
• Meat: Hot Links or precooked – Links over the fire is quick and easy. I also like to bring along various meats that I cooked ahead of time at the house. Heat and eat.
• Lunch: Hormel Snack Tray – Crackers, pepperoni, and cheese.
• Snacks: Gum, Chocolate, and Hard Candy – I have a sweet tooth, bro!
• Sports Drinks: Gatorade G2 – In summer I bring as many as possible.
• Water: Bottled – As much as possible anytime.
• Colas: Dr.Peppers – Gotta have a few or I get cranky. Especially with dinner.
• Dry Bags: Bass Pro XPS 20 and 30 Liter – Durable bag with a lifetime guarantee against punctures and leaks. Can usually fit all of my gear into three or four of these.
• Dry Box: Plano Molding (Orange) – Keep wallet, phone, keys, etc.
• Thwart Bag: Cabelas – Recently bought one of these for the Ultimate. Works great in its canoe-like design. Use it to keep my dry box, camera, bungees, handy toilet paper, gun, poncho, etc. in.
I obviously don't bring all of this on every trip. The season and expected weather determines my load.