Get Started Kayak and Canoe Camping
If you want to go for a multi-day camping trip, but just thinking about lugging gear on your back mile after mile makes your feet swell up, kayak or canoe camping may be for you. Here’s everything you need to know before you head out for a paddle camping adventure.
Plan your caloric intake per day accounting for the extra calories you burn by paddling. Power bars, nuts and dried jerky are lightweight space savers. Expect to need 3-4 liters of water a day, and more in the height of summer.
For fans of puzzles, fitting all this gear in a small space is a fun challenge. But if getting everything packed leaves you scratching your head, don’t sweat getting everything perfectly compact; just keep an eye on these simple considerations to make sure everything stays put.
In a canoe, a capsize or a severe tip could send gear floating – or sinking – away. Strap or tie your gear down to make sure it’s securely attached to your boat.
4. Where are you going?
You have your boat, you have your gear – now you just need to decide where you’re going to go. It’s best to start simple, with a short paddle to an overnight stay, before you head out on multi-day journeys. Many states have protected waterways or islands where camping is allowed. Always plan ahead and check local weather forecasts and regulations before you head out. And be sure to tell family or friends your plan for the trip, so somebody knows where you’re going and when you should return.