Being completely honest, kayak camping is not S.E.R.E school and I try, REALLY HARD, to not eat bugs and drink urine...but you can leave the 1000 count Egyptian cotton sheets and the Keurig at home. If you've ever wanted to give it a try my suggestions are to pack light and keep it simple..think backpacking gear. My packing list breaks down into 2 categories:
1- Keep me alive: Food and Water
Everything has to be light weight, not require refrigeration, and easy to open. I plan to recycle as much as I can, so small plastic containers (like the vegetables below) are ideal. I plan on eating bagels for breakfast, PB&J for lunch, (the travel sizes fit my needs), and depending on my mood...sometimes I'll pack dehydrated meals (if you like eating recycled socks!!)...most times I'll take some spam, chili, other canned meat for dinner. Snacks include, trail mix, or mixed nuts, granola bars (sometimes the chocolate melts...but I don't care), jerky is a must!!! Food is just calories, as long as it's easy to prepare, I'll eat it. I want to maximize my fishing time so building a fire to cook steaks, eggs, and bacon isn't for me. The good news is the load get's lighter after every meal!
Water is a no brain'r. It weights the most but can't be forgotten...take more than you plan to use. I pack a few gallons and keep my 2 liter Camelbak filled (fits behind my kayak seat perfectly). I always have water purification tablets in my first aid kit for emergencies. There are some really interesting treatment systems available now, but I don't feel they are needed for a 2 night trip. I'd absolutely pack a LifeStraw or similar product if I were spending 3-5 nights on the water.
|Camp chair also holds bug spray, headlamp, rags, pliers in the pouch on the back|
2 - Keep me happy: Comfort Items
Clothing (what's appropriate for the area), fire starter, boots, my kayak seat doubles as a camp chair, small battery operated lantern, TP/disposable bags, mesh trash bags, knife, utensils, camp stove, extra batteries and some fine china...plastic plate.
|Propane stove for boiling water for coffee or heating food.|
Small sleeping pad, clothing, and roll-up 40F sleeping bag, all pack nicely in a dry bag, secured in the hull of my kayak.
|2 dry bags keep all my gear from getting wet.|
***Remember to pack out what you pack in and leave the glass (containers/bottles/etc) at home***