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Ok so I went kayaking last year a couple times and fell in love with it. I also used to enjoy camping and backpacking when I was in high school but that didn't last long because none of my friends were interested in it, I gave up on it. Anyway, I want to start doing all of these things again and I will be starting from scratch as far as gear goes. What I would like to be equipped to do, is start a day or two upstream from an end location and kayak down stopping to camp for a night or two. figure it would be a decent way to spend a weekend. If you where to go on a trip like this what would you pack If you owned nothing? starting with the kayak and back pack down to trail mix and water.
 

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I'll start...
MSR firefly stove
MSR EX water filter
MSR water bladder to match filter
Titanium cookware
3/4 length self-inflating (packs tighter) sleeping pad, not an option here.

titanium spork, gotta' have a spork!

Buy lightweight high quality stuff. You can use it for any outdoor activity. Should be easy since you are just buying for one:bounce: Did you notice I like MSR? Also, check out bibler tents, got the I-tent..awesome.
 

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MSR makes nice stuff but... I like the Jet boil better. It is easy to use and everything packs in the container.
That being said I would add two options to start fire.
Compass or GPS with extra batteries
Map
Flashlight with extra batteries and bulb or extra light that takes same kind of batteries ;)
50 Ft coord for emergencies
Signal mirror
water filtering agent or device.
extra clothes in a very water tight container
bring some food and water depending on how long bring just a little extra. I like to pack a small thing of peanut butter.
A small personal first aid kit.
 

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Water-proof bags!!!!!! You can get them at any outdoor store. I use them over the ones the marine corps gives me to use. They are great I use them all the time. Also you need a pack of some short depending on how long you will be out for is how big it needs to be. I have a pack for sale but most likely to big for your needs. (jsut thought I would add that in there:smokin:
 

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Sea to Summit dry bags
one pair wool socks, wool gloves and wool cap
one non cotton shirt
one pair of non cotton pants
depending on the weather a light/mid weight pull over
wind/rain jacket

MSR titanium cup
MSR pocket rocket, extra fuel
Nalgene water bottle
Camel back water bladder
Kataydn hiker pro water filter with quick attach to the camel back
Light my fire spoon/fork

mountain house frozen food
cereal with dehydrated milk
tuna in foil pouch
GORP


On a paracord necklace:
Brunton compasses
light my fire, flint steel

Therm a Rest sleeping pad
depending on the season light/heavy mummy bag
hammock
Kelty silnylon tarp
 

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Since no one mentioned it...

Bring a friend. Don't go Kayaking alone. If you become entrapped or injured, your buddy may be able to free you or scoot down river for help.
 

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^^^^^^^ All this plus I would pack a pistol or at the very least a good quality backwoods knife. I have the Jim Zumbo gut hook outdoors model or the SOG seal pup, I always have one of those two when I go into the woods.
 

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Something we use up here is a GlobalStar SPOT. If you're going to be going out alone, something that records your position (and emails updates to whomever you specify) and allows you to call for S&R, could save your life (should shit ever happen).

Otherwise, just your standard camping/survival gear. Don't cheap out here. Buy some quality gear and take care of it, and it will last forever. Make sure to have some water proof bags to stow your gear. Those compartments may look water proof... but they're not always really, totally water proof. And having wet stuff sucks. Also keep in mind that whatever you buy needs to fit into those compartments.
 

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One thing I haven't seen mention off yet is a kayak. This is an area where you definitely don't want to skimp. You get what you pay for. Type and location of use will dictate size and style of kayak, and your local dealer can help you with that better than I. but i would however recommend a few things.

seats can be modified but something with padding standard is a good first step
deck lashing - if it doesn't come already attached is there room for it to added aftermarket.
paddle holder - again this is lashing so that you don't lose the dang thing overtime you need two hands somewhere else
(both are easy aftermarket installs, just a drill and a pop-rivet gun)
make sure that you have a deck access hatch for easy stowage of all your gear and that the compartment is separated from the cockpit by a watertight bulkhead
lastly and work deck is a good addition. depending on use a sprayskirt is overkill so a workdeck keep you dry and has spots for things like maps, gps, drinks, snacks and other items you might want to keep close at hand.

definitely look around before buying, deals aren't always as good as they look.

Have fun:)
 
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