What to Bring Kayaking

What to bring for…
Day trips | Camping | Courses | Kids Camps | Renting | Helpful hints for packing | Do NOT bring

NOTE! You will get a bit wet from sitting in a kayak!

What to bring: day trips

Please bring a change of clothes for after your trip. On hot days, you may want to go swimming so bring along swimwear if you wish. Please feel free to bring along anything else you feel would make you as comfortable as possible on your trip. If you have any concerns about bringing additional items or the storage capacity of our boats, please contact our office.

Head
  • Sun hat
  • Toque (spring and fall)
Upper body
  • Quick-dry, long-sleeve athletic wear (polyester, nylon and acrylic are good options)
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • We provide wind/rain jackets.
Lower body
  • Quick dry shorts or pants/bathing suits/athletic wear
Feet and hands
  • Shoes that can get wet, sandals with secure straps or sneakers
  • Neoprene gloves (spring and fall)
  • Lip balm (with sun protection)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • Camera (waterproof casing and strap)
  • Drinking water (minimum 1 litre for a day)
We provide
  • Touring kayaks
  • All necessary kayaking and safety equipment
  • Professional guides and instruction
  • Island lunch (full-day), healthy snacks (half-day)
  • Wind/rain jackets
  • Dry bag (to store extra clothing)

What to bring: camping

You will need a parking permit for your car, which can be purchased at the marina for $6 a day.

Kayaking gear
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Water shoes (no flip-flops)
  • Sunglasses (preferably with a strap)
  • Swimsuit or quick dry clothes
  • Extra layer (in case you get cold or wet)
Camping gear
  • Sleeping bag
  • Bug spray
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Personal gear
  • Clothing (synthetic, polypropylene)
  • Camp shoes (running shoes, crocs, flip flops, sandals)
  • Warm uppers and lowers (just in case)
  • Wool socks
  • Toiletries
  • Rain gear (we have jackets if you don’t have one)
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
Optional items
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Personal pillow
  • Personal sleeping pad (Thermarest)
  • Book
  • Favourite snacks
  • Fishing rod (fishing permits are required)
We will supply…
  • Food for the trip
  • Kayaks and necessary equipment (including dry bags)
  • Tents
  • Cookwear
  • Cutlery
  • Extra water and juice
  • Rain jackets
  • Entertaining guides (they are much better paddlers than singers)

What to bring: courses

Please bring a change of clothes for after your day on the water. We can provide you with a dry bag to waterproof any additional items you wish to bring on the water. If you have any concerns about additional items or the storage capacity of our boats, please contact our office.

Head
  • Sun hat
  • Toque (spring and fall)
Full-immersion courses (rescue training)
  • Full body wetsuit (Farmer John/Jane) for colder season courses (spring and fall). Contact a scuba dive shop for wetsuit rentals if required.
Upper body
  • Quick dry long sleeve/athletic wear (polyester, nylon acrylic, etc)
  • Fleece jacket or pullover (spring and fall)
  • We provide wind/rain jackets
Lower body
  • Quick-dry shorts or pants, bathing suit, athletic wear
Feet and hands
  • Shoes that can get wet, sandals with straps or sneakers
  • Neoprene gloves (spring and fall)
  • Lip balm (with sun protection)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • Camera (waterproof casing and strap)
  • Drinking water (minimum 1 litre per day)
  • Casual clothing
  • Lunch, snacks and plenty of water
We provide
  • Touring kayaks
  • Kayaking and safety equipment
  • Professional guides and instruction
  • Wind/rain jackets
  • Dry bag (to store extra clothing)

What to bring: kids camps

Please use the following checklist as a reference for what to bring to 1000 islands kayaking kid’s camps. It is important that campers are prepared for each day and any given weather. Please note that 1000 island kayaking will provide dry bags for any extra clothing if taken on the water.

  • Water shoes or running shoes (no flip-flops or Crocs)
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Sun protection shirt (synthetic, no cotton)
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with a strap
  • Rain wear
  • Extra clothing
  • Lunch (with plenty of snacks)
  • Water (bring two 1L bottles)

1000 Islands kayaking will provide all the kayaking equipment, however, if you prefer to use your own lifejacket please ensure it has a whistle on it and that it fits appropriately.

What to bring: renting

Please bring a change of clothes for after your day on the water. We can provide you with a dry bag to waterproof any additional items you wish to bring on the water. If you have any concerns about additional items or the storage capacity of our boats, please contact our office.

Head
  • Sun hat
  • Toque (spring/fall)
Upper body
  • Quick-dry, long-sleeve athletic wear (polyester, nylon, acrylic, polypropylene)
  • Fleece jacket or pullover (spring and fall)
  • We provide wind/rain jackets
Lower body
  • Quick-dry shorts or pants, bathing suit, athletic wear
Feet and hands
  • Shoes that can get wet, sandals with straps or sneakers
  • Neoprene gloves are acceptable accessories (spring and fall)
  • Lip balm (with sun protection)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • Camera (waterproof casing and strap)
  • Drinking water
  • Casual clothing
  • Remember to bring a lunch, snacks and plenty of water for your self-guided kayaking adventure
We provide
  • Touring kayaks
  • Kayaking and safety equipment
  • Wind/ rain jackets
  • Dry bag (to store extra clothing)

Helpful hints for packing

  • Separate your paddling clothes from your camp clothes so you can change upon arrival without having to dig through your larger bag.
  • We supply dry bags for any extra clothing you would like with you while paddling.
  • Your sleeping bag and camp clothes should be waterproofed (well-sealed, double-bagged in garbage bags works well).
  • Always pack items so that they are protected from the elements.

Do not bring…

  • Jeans or heavy cotton pants (i.e. no cotton sweat pants)
  • Anything made from cotton
  • Heavy cotton hooded sweatshirts
  • Flip-flop sandals or any footwear that will not stay secure on your feet when wet
  • Street shoes or boots—your feet will get wet