KIT LIST

KIT LISTS

Bringing the right kit is very important for your enjoyment of a sea kayak trip. Here are kit lists for day trips and expeditions.

What we provide:

Kayak  - either double or single kayaks, our default is for everyone to be paddling single kayaks so if you’d like a double kayak then please ask (availability of double kayaks can’t be guaranteed unless you request one at the time of booking). Family trips - we'll use a mix of double or single kayaks depending on the ages and experience of the kids - check the family trip page for more info. on this.

Paddle | Buoyancy aid | Waterproof kayaking jacket and trousers | Spraydeck

If you have some or all of your own kayaking kit and would rather paddle in that then feel free to bring it along.

What you need to bring:

Adapt this list to the trip length and the season, on a short half day trip you don't need to bring lots of stuff on the water with you.

***The most important thing is that you turn up dressed in clothing suitable for the conditions on the day, ready to put the kayaking waterproofs on top of what you are wearing***

Hat to suit the weather conditions on the day – a fleece hat or beanie or a cap or sunhat

Sunglasses – it can be very bright on the water, cheap pairs are better in case you lose them.

Clothes – We will give you kayaking waterproofs, you'll need to turn up dressed in clothing suitable for wearing underneath the waterproofs. As a rough guide it can be colder than you think out on the water, so more clothes are better than less. Synthetic clothing – like hill walking, cycling or general sports gear work well for kayaking. Try to avoid cotton as it is heavy and cold if its gets wet (no jeans please). Always bring a change of clothes and towel - it is very rare that people fall in but its always a possibility if using a single kayak, if you want to rule it out completely then opt for a double kayak. In the summer most people opt to wear shorts or leggings and a synthetic sports type t-shirt or long sleeve base layer with an additional layer to wear if it’s colder or if you get wet. For the spring - adding a wool or microfleece top is useful and these can be picked up very cheaply if you don't own one. You will need to wade in the water a short way to launch and land the kayak - the lower half of your legs and feet will get wet. On a day trip we'd usually carry a spare layer each on the trip, on a half day trip your spare clothes can be left back at base.

Footwear - We usually launch and land on areas with seaweed and rocks, bring footwear that you don't mind getting wet and that you will be comfortable wearing for moving across these areas, trainers, walking shoes or running shoes are a common choice, heavy walking boots, crocs or flip flops are not suitable (we can give you wetsuit boots if you can't supply your own footwear but have a limited supply).

Sunscreen – it is very easy to get sunburn out on the water.

Water bottle (please try to avoid single use plastic)

Lunch for day trips, snack for half day trips.

You may bring a camera or mobile phone on the trip if you wish but please note that seawater and electronics are not a good mix - we'd recommend using a waterproof case for any electronics you bring on the trip.

We can give you a roll-top dry bag to take on the trip - this can go in the hatches in your kayak. This is only usually necessary on day trips when we have to carry our own lunch, although you can ask for one for a half day trip if you want to take things with you. In addition to this some of our buoyancy aids have small pockets (not waterproof).

Reading this kit list and being organised and considered with what kit you bring will help you be more comfortable and have a great time - we are here for the kayaking, camping and wild places after all, not for messing about with kit!

What we provide for kayaking:

Kayak  - either double or single kayaks, our default is for everyone to be paddling single kayaks so if you’d like a double kayak then please ask (availability of double kayaks can’t be guaranteed unless you request one at the time of booking).

Paddle | Buoyancy aid | Waterproof kayaking jacket and trousers | Spraydeck

If you have some or all of your own kayaking kit (such as a dry suit or dry trousers) and would rather paddle in that then feel free to bring it along.

What you need to bring for kayaking:

Adapt this list to the trip length and the season.

***The most important thing is that you turn up dressed in clothing suitable for the conditions on the day, ready to put the kayaking waterproofs on top of what you are wearing***

Hat to suit the weather conditions on the day – a fleece hat or beanie or a cap or sunhat

Sunglasses – it can be very bright on the water, cheap pairs are better in case you lose them.

Clothes for kayaking in – We will give you kayaking waterproofs, you'll need to turn up dressed in clothing suitable for wearing underneath the waterproofs. As a rough guide it can be colder than you think out on the water, so more clothes are better than less. Synthetic clothing – like hill walking, cycling or general sports gear work well for kayaking. Try to avoid cotton as it is heavy and cold if its gets wet (no jeans please). Always bring a change of clothes and towel - it is very rare that people fall in but its always a possibility if using a single kayak, if you want to rule it out completely then opt for a double kayak. In the summer most people opt to wear shorts or leggings and a synthetic sports type t-shirt or long sleeve base layer with an additional layer to wear if it’s colder or if you get wet (a single cotton t-shirt is unlikely to keep you warm enough on a trip). For the spring or if its cooler - adding a wool or microfleece top is useful and these can be picked up very cheaply if you don't own one. You will need to wade in the water a short way to launch and land the kayak - the lower half of your legs and feet will get wet.

Footwear - We usually launch and land on areas with seaweed and rocks, bring footwear that you don't mind getting wet and that you will be comfortable wearing for moving across these areas, trainers, walking shoes or running shoes are a common choice, heavy walking boots, crocs or flip flops are not suitable (we can give you wetsuit boots if you can't supply your own footwear but have a limited supply).

Sunscreen – it is very easy to get sunburn out on the water.

Water bottle (please try to avoid single use plastic) capacity of at least 1 litre is good.

You may bring a camera or mobile phone on the trip if you wish but please note that seawater and electronics are not a good mix - we'd recommend using a waterproof case for any electronics you bring on the trip. You might also want to consider the opportunity for a bit of digital detox and not bring your smartphone.

Camping kit that we can provide or you can bring:

The guide will bring stoves, pots, plates and cutlery for group use, if you are cooking your own food then we can provide a stove and pans for you or feel free to bring your own.

Tent* (if you bring your own tent then it needs to be a backpacking style tent that is sturdy and compact - no pop up festival tents or car camping style tents please! Good examples of the type of tent that is suitable - Wild Country Hoolie, MSR tents, Terra nova voyager, quasar or similar)

Sleeping mat* (thermarest type self inflating ones are best)

Sleeping bag* (£10 rental charge per trip, pur sleeping bags are basic but warm synthetic bags, the charge is to cover cleaning costs)

*there was the option to select a tent, sleeping mat and bag when you booked your trip. If you skipped that section and would now like to borrow these items then please let us know, if you are unsure of what you selected then check your confirmation email.

Roll top dry bags and plastic bags to put your camping equipment in when it is stored in the kayak, if you have your own dry bags then arriving with your kit pre-packed in these saves time on the first morning. It’s best to pack kit into several smaller dry bags rather than one or two big ones - dry bags sized from 5 - 30 litres work best.

Camping kit that you need to bring

***At the start of the trip you’ll need to pack your gear into dry bags so it is ready to be packed into the kayak - our dry bags are 12, 18 and 24 litres (any bags bigger than this and you won’t get them into the hatches very easily - google ‘18 litre dry bag’ if you are unsure how big that is). Therefore if you could arrive with your kit organised into small groups of kit that very roughly fit these sizes then it will save a bit of time and effort in the morning***

Headtorch or torch - a mobile phone torch app would work if you don’t own these.

Water bottle - in addition to the water bottle you’ll use whilst paddling it can be useful to have a spare water bottle in case of hot weather and to save having to refill too often.

Personal wash kit/hygiene + towel (packtowels work best), please consider the environment with the products you bring.

Clothes and footwear for wearing whilst ashore – when we get to camp we’d usually put up the tents and then get changed out of the kayaking gear, so you need a full set of clothes that you’d be happy wearing for the rest of the day/evening. Walking boots, running or walking shoes are a good choice for footwear. A warm jacket or layer and a warm hat  is also very useful for when the temperature dips in the evening - a down jacket, fleece or synthetic jacket. You will also need a waterproof jacket and trousers for wearing whilst on shore (additional to the ones you use for kayaking - which we provide).

Spare set of kayaking clothes - if you get your kayaking clothes wet on day one then having a dry set to put on is useful, or just a spare fleece layer to put on if you get wet.

Ikea bag - if you own one of those blue Ikea shopping bags then bring it along, very useful for un-packing all your gear when we get to camp (don’t go out and buy one just for the trip though!).

Midge head net + avon skin so soft, smidge or deterrent of choice (strictly no DEET products please - it wrecks waterproof fabrics and doesn’t work any better than smidge anyway) Midges are rarely a problem around Arisaig on our sea kayak trips and are not something to worry about at all. But bringing a head net is very useful if they are out, midge head nets can be bought in some of the local shops.

It’s best to bear in mind that you will have to pack all your gear into the kayak - there is lots of storage space in a sea kayak but the more kit you have and the bulkier it is then the longer it will take you to pack it. Some items of clothing are quite bulky - such as jeans or a cotton type hoody, it’s best to consider whether you have a more compact alternative. The important thing not to skimp on is warm things - fleece layers, down or synthetic insulated jacket are all ideal.

Anything else you’d like to bring (which can fit in a kayak!) Harmonica, sketch book, fancy inflatable pillow, Helinox chair one, hip flask, GPS device or anything else that will add to your enjoyment of the trip.

If you are unsure about any aspect of this kit list then feel free to get in touch. It is deliberately written to allow you to get an insight into what kind of clothes etc. work best on sea kayak trips and to paint a picture of what would be the ideal set of clothes/kit to bring - don’t worry if you don’t have a wardrobe full of fancy outdoor gear - just bring what you feel will work best and we can advise on the first morning of the trip what you might want to leave behind or take, if in doubt then bring what you think works and then add in an extra layer.