I learned a thing or two last year on my 1st SUP camping trip, or at least I hope I did. What to pack, what to wear, where I could camp, how far I could go in a day, how much food I needed etc.
For a SUP camping trip, or canoe/kayak trip for that matter, you’re going to need quite a bit of stuff. I’ll break it down into some categories:
Equipment – the obvious stuff 1st:
- throw/tow rope
- Waterproof bag or Barrel
- Sleep system (I go with a the Mosquito Hammock) and sleeping bag
- Topo map (in a waterproof case)
- Pot, as in a pot, not some pot, but I’ll leave that up to you
- Stove – I use the Bushbuddy wood burning stove (or cook directly over the campfire) It doesn’t charge your phone or make frozen yogurt, but a few sticks will cook your meal, so you will never run out of fuel, not around here anyways.
- Steel wool (for scrubbing pots/dishes)
- Utensils (I just bring a spoon, but it will depend on what you’re cooking)
- Bowl – or eat out of the pot?
- Coffee mug
- Water bottle
- Water purifier/filter/steripen
- Grill – again, depends what you’re cooking and how you tend to cook
Within my pot I carry a bowl, stainless steel mug, some sugar, campsuds, steel wool, some instant coffee (2/day) and some tea. In this case I also included 1 Vitamin C drink.
- long sleeve sun shirt (I went with the Sol Cool Hoody)
- Board shorts
- water shoes (you may consider these optional until you slice your foot on a zebra mussel – as I did last summer. Ouch!)
- paddling gloves
- Seal-line waist pack (to keep a few essentials that you want on you at all times)
- Additional water bag? Optional
Clothes for Evening / off the board
- t-shirt x?
- rain coat, or rain gear
- mossy net (optional, but I usually bring this instead of bug spray)
- socks x?
- underwear x?
- head lamp and flashlight (1 is none as they say, build in some redundancy or risk going without)
- Fire kit (I go with 3 types, all stored separately: matches, lighter, ferrocerium rod)
- laundry line, rope/cordage
- Toothbrush / toothpaste
- bug repellent
- 1st aid kit
- camp knife and sharpener
- a bunch of extra zip-lock bags
…and then there’s food. OMG that’s a lot of stuff!! Did I miss anything? So, this is the gear that I packed for a 6 night SUP camping trip. I went solo on this trip, so everything had to go my barrel. If you’re with another paddler, you can obviously split up some common items (pots, tent, fire kits, first aid…).
What not to bring:
- Anything that you’re not willing to carry back out. There are a lot of broken lawn chairs littering the woods….
- Glass bottles or jars. Do not bring beer, wine or liquor in glass bottles. You Will break one and you will not clean up after yourself. You will try to burn them in the fire and they are not combustible. Seriously, just do NOT bring glass bottles, ever! There is not a single thing that you might want to bring in a glass jar that couldn’t just as easily go in plastic. Get a platypus for your wine, or choose from wines available in a tetra pak for camping. Bring your beer in cans if you must bring beer at all, just don’t bring glass bottles! Nearly every backwoods site I have visited in recent years is littered with broken glass. I even see broken glass in the water along the shore in remote areas where one might want to swim.
This is now the average fire pit in a site on crown land:
Okay, with that little rant about glass/garbage out of the way, lets hit the water!