I’ve camped a few times out of my kayak and next summer will be doing multi-day trip. These trip are with a few guys with heavy fishing type sit on tops so me and my other buddy have an easier time so I pack a bit heavier. However, I’m preparing for different trips in the future so over time I’m trading things out.
Kayak: 12’ Perception Prodigy, a sit-in. I can’t recall the brand of my paddle but I like it and my main buddy has the same kind. We each carry half of the same type paddle as a spare.
I’m a heavier guy, and working on it, but for now I’m a bit lower in the rear than most so I pack light in my rear hatch and heavier inside the boat in the front.
Dry Bags: I have a few generic ones but this Christmas I got two SealLine Baja Bags. One is 30L and the other 20L. These seem tough enough to take a bit of abuse but are not the overly thick ones and weigh too much.
Rescue Throw Bag: NRS Wedge Rescue Throw Bag. Fifty-five feet of rope, which will do in the rivers that I normally go on. Another reason why I chose this one over the larger one is that it will fit next to my seat, where I can get to it quickly. The larger one would have to go behind my seat, which is ok, but I never know if I’ve put other things back there and it would make access more difficult. Another reason is that I don’t want to make the decision to leave it behind because it’s too large. The NRS Wedge works well for me.
Deck Bag: I may get a deck bag before my next trip… not sure. I don’t want to accessorize to death yet having maps and other things I want to have readily available is attractive.
Cooking: I have a 750ml titanium cookpot and use an alcohol fuel stove that I made myself. I also have a generic canister stove that I usually don’t take with me. I use a windscreen that I bought from a local outdoors place. I have an insulator for my cookpot that I made out of reflectix, works great.
Food: For breakfast I usually have an oatmeal concoction that has a bit of powdered milk, dried fruit, nuts, etc. in it. I have the portions already in their own little ziplocks so I don’t eat too much on any day and leave the last day too light. For lunches and dinners I USUALLY use dehydrated meals. I like CampChow.com or PackitGourmet.com. They are rehydrate in-bag if you want and I also have a pouch made from reflectix to put the bag in to maintain heat. That’s good for colder weather.
Chair: Right now I just have a small foldout stool. It does the job but it’s not comfy, and sometimes I want comfy. I’m looking at the chairs like the Joey Chair that someone already mentioned.
Sleep: I sleep in a hammock so I have a Warbonnet Traveler with there are no skeeters, and another with a bugnet sewed in when skeeters are out. I use a tarp for my roof and a small piece of blue tarp as my floor. If it’s chilly or cold I have an underquilt which keeps me toasty warm and a top quilt which keeps me even toastier.
Water Filter: I use a platypus 2L gravity setup. I like that as I like to go into camp with 4L of water. This is for kayak AND hiking. It’s a larger setup but worth it to me. The 4L gets my cooking and evening hydration going as well as cooks breakfast and enough to get going down the river or trail.
Water storage: I have one 1L bottle, and a 2L collapsible. When filtering my water I filter into the 2L and 1L containers then carry 2L of unfiltered water in the “dirty bag”. While cooking, etc. I filter the rest and have a bit left over to backwash my filter to keep it working.
Electronics: I carry my phone, turned off. I also have an old phone that is only for playing some music if I choose to listen to any around camp. If on anything other than a trivial trip I have a Delorme GPS system that works very well. I also have an external battery that I charge at the house though I’ve never had to use it. I have a cheap solar charger thing (Upow brand) that also has a battery and it’s done well to keep my small needs going.
Lighting: I have an inflatable solar lantern that is really cool. I carry two headlamps, but Teac brand. Extra batteries, etc.
Toilet: Right now I use a luggable-loo. It’s a seat that fits on a bucket. Yep, a bucket. I keep all necessary items in a dry bag inside the bucket. I also may keep other things in there, in a trash bag or whatever, and lash it to the rear of my kayak. It’s large but handy. I’m on the lookout for alternatives but on multi-person outings it is very handy.