Kayaking: What To Bring & How To Pack

If you are just getting into kayaking, it can be confusing what to bring on a kayak trip and how to get it into your boat. Watch as I give some tips on this topic. Understand that there are factors for your trip that would be different and you should make changes accordingly…like wearing your pfd instead of just packing it. Obviously, if you were doing whitewater, you would be using a different type of boat and packing it differently. The advice in this video would work well for a multiday trip on a calm river in the summer.


  1. Toby Wigley on October 7, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    i made it too. just used woodprix instructions. just click the pig on that website :)))

  2. Kingston orr on October 7, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    this is a complement from my point of view you look exactly like Will Forte oh an thanks for the video it helped me out alot

  3. Venkat Gurram on October 7, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    useful tips mate and now i know better about packing

  4. maxpatch67 on October 7, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    ya, that’s why I keep my filter there right next to me to hang off the boat next to me to get water whenever I want and its super handy

  5. Joe Baker on October 7, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Wear the life jacket!!

  6. maxpatch67 on October 7, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    yep, its the dagger zydeco. I tried it in some whitewater recently (see Mill Creek Kayaking video) with just the red nylon fabric spray skirt and the water would come up over the boat and push the cover down on to my legs witha puddle of water sitting there so I’m going to purchase a "real" spray skirt (neoprene) for future whitewater use, but for just a few drips in class one it works just fine. We’re getting ready to go back to the Current River in Missouri. Its so fun there.

  7. Ben Faz on October 7, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Yeah its a pretty awesome place. Depends what water levels are running as to how far up we start. Yeah will have to watch out for jetboat!!! Adds a bit of spice to the trip!

  8. maxpatch67 on October 7, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    A suggestion would for you would be to look on craigslist for a little bigger kayak. They show up pretty often and that’s where I’ve found my 3 kayaks. I have a smaller one that doesn’t hold much either, but it sure it fun for day trips.

  9. maxpatch67 on October 7, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    It does make some difference. The boat will ride a little lower. This would be more of a worry if you’re a big guy who is near the weight limit for the boat already. If you’re medium size or smaller, you’ve got plenty of weight to play with. From the description of your trip, I bet the gear and food you bring would not weigh more than 20-25 lbs. Where exactly is your trip?

  10. Enson13 on October 7, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Great advice! Thanks for the video!

  11. Sergey's Tech Corner on October 7, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    dude, why would you put sharp poles in your boat like that???
    i mean, that’s just dangerous in whitewater conditions

  12. Julia Nichols on October 7, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    For multiday trips in the colder weather, what do you use as a sleeping bag and how small does it get? This is the problem I am running into.

  13. marcandsebe on October 7, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    It’s amazing what you can put into such a small kayak.

  14. 🌟 MORNING STAR⭐️ on October 7, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    I’m confused as to where people put the bedding/ tent/ food.. you’ll see in these videos they are miles away from the car.. then they just set up camp.. like where does all this stuff come from?! Lol

  15. Ben Faz on October 7, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    The boat is a Dagger Juice 7.1 they say that the max weight is 80kg but I don’t think thats true as its 227litres in volume. I’m a pretty good kayaker. I’m take as little as possible and a a C-tug trolley (Google them they are awesome!)
    My trip is hike up the Dart Valley (New Zealand) until the river gets too shallow and cruise back down the next day. Should be sweet as!

  16. SteepVisions on October 7, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    I have a whitewater kayak which is a mixture between a river runner and playboat. YOU HAVE like 4 bags. I can only fit around 1.5 I’ve barely managed to fit the essentials :O. Kinda unlucky in my boat.

  17. maxpatch67 on October 7, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Dart Valley looks beautiful. Are you going to have to watch out for the jet boats that I see in videos, or will you be way upstream towards the glacier?

  18. Ben Faz on October 7, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    I’m planning on doing a 2 day trip hike/carry/ trolley the kayak in. 1 day kayaking out. Sleeping in a hut, so i don’t need as much kit. But i want to take a small 220ltr playboat so its easier on the hike in. Do you think paddling a kayak filled with gear makes much difference to the way in handles or its buoyancy?

  19. maxpatch67 on October 7, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    ya, its pretty much the same stuff as I fit into my 70 liter Osprey backpack

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