Kayaking Packing List

A kayaking packing list for the Broken Group Islands, BC, Canada

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This kayaking packing list is for a five-day four-night kayaking trip to the Broken Groups Islands in British Columbia, Canada. Packing for a kayaking trip can be tricky because, though a sea kayak holds quite a lot, the hatches are relatively small. Be sure to pack in small, waterproof bags that can easily squeeze inside the hatches!

See our Vegan Kayaking Meal Plan for details on the food and water we brought.

Read our full guide to planning a kayaking trip to the Broken Group Islands

Kayaking Packing List

To Pack In (for two people)

2x 10 L dry bags for clothes and personal items
1x 5L dry bag as deck bag
1 box heavy duty freezer bags (food)

1x small Ortlieb front roller waterproof bike pannier (camp kitchen)
1x 32 L dry bag (tent, sleeping bags, and sleep pads)
1x foldable day pack
3x large cloth grocery bags for transporting food

Personal Items

Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera, spare camera batteries, memory cards
iPhone with PocketEarth app for navigation
UV lip balm
Pain reliever
Insect repellent
Swiss Army knife


Light long-sleeve shirt
4 x T-shirts
2 x Shorts
2 x Socks
Long pants (water resistant)
Long pants (for camp)
3 x Underwear
2 x Sports bras
Synthetic fleece jacket
KEEN sandals or hiking/running shoes
Water shoes or flip flops
Rain jacket
Sun hat / baseball cap
Gloves (I used my bicycle gloves)


Big Agnes Copper Spur Ul3 Tent w/ Ground Cloth
Sleeping bag
Sleeping pad
Sleeping bag liner
Camp pillow
Duct tape


Stove with fuel, lighters, matches
Cooking pots
2 x Camp plates
2 x Bamboo cutlery sets
Can opener
Salt and pepper, spices
Kitchen knife
Cutting board
Dish towel
Scrubby, pot scraper (we used sea water and sand to scrub out pots, no dish soap)
Hand sanitizer
3 x Water bottles
2 x Small tupperware containers for lunches / leftovers
Coffee stuff (beans, hand grinder, cloth filter, pour over funnel, coffee cup – yes, Stephen is a coffee nerd)


Kayak with all hatch covers, PFDs etc (provided by rental company)

Safety and Navigation

Most of these items were brought my other members of our party and shared
Deck compass
Cell phone
VHF marine radio
Emergency strobe
First-aid kit
Maps, charts, guidebook excerpts

This article on Backcountry has some excellent advice and tips for packing a kayak.  

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