It's time for another kayak camping trip into the backcountry, and so it's also time for a new list of things to bring. I have packing lists for every type of camping: car, backpack, day-pack, bicycle, kayak, small airplane, and even for bareboating in various environments from Alaska to the Bahamas. Each list is adjusted for where we are going , what we’ll be doing, and how long we’ll be there. Here are a few things I take into account when planning what to pack
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Most of the time when we dream about our paddling adventures, we dream of what we will see, how the water will run and our time out on the water. Seldom do we sit and let our mind wander to the planning that takes place beforehand- how we're going to pack our gear, where we're going to put in, are we going to camp or not. These details may seem a bit humdrum when our minds are really longing to be out on the water. But, those details are the key to having the best time when we finally get out on the water.
There is nothing quite so refreshing as being out on the water on a cool morning in early spring, watching the river run by you as the quick current from the recent snowmelt runoff pushes you effortlessly through the water. Around one bend you come across a doe and her newborn fawn sipping from the streambank and they don´t notice you until you have almost come upon them.