So a couple of my very experienced kayaking and camping friends, who are also paddling in the Everglades Challenge (which they have both done multiple times) asked me to go on a 4 night training trip from Everglades City to Flamingo NEXT WEEK (Wednesday to Sunday). Mentally I was thinking we wouldn’t do a training trip for another month or so! I do have most of what I need but haven’t used most of it and have never packed a kayak. I’m going to make a list of what I think I’ll bring and run it by them (and probably everyone here) but thought I would throw it out to this knowledgeable group now.
Besides the obvious stuff (tent, food, sleeping bag, clothes etc), what other things do you find particularly helpful on a trip like this? What have you brought and totally didn’t need? Any handy tips and tricks would be great. I’m trying to make sure I don’t miss any of the small stuff.
I’m paddling a 19’, medium volume sea kayak with a day hatch, small round forward hatch and a large oval stern hatch. I will have a deck bag also.