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Packing for Kayaking Adventure

This is a packing list for the Kayaking Orientation Adventure trip.


  • Printed and signed copies of all required waivers and liability forms.



  • Lightweight hiking boots or sturdy sneakers
  • Sandals WITH straps (teva's or chaco's style): Nice for walking on the beach, for in camp, and for kayaking.


  • 2-3 pairs of socks.


Upper Body Garments

Inner layer

  • 1 long underwear shirt or long sleeve shirt
  • 1-2 short sleeve shirt or tank top
  • Swimsuit

Outer layer

  • insulating layer (fleece, wool sweater, warm sweatshirt)

  • 1 waterproof or windproof jacket

Lower Body Garments

  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 1 pair of pants: nylon or lightweight cotton. Long underwear bottoms are also an acceptable.
  • 2 pairs of underwear


  • Brimmed hat: for sun protection; a baseball cap is fine
  • Hat for warmth: for cooler evenings (optional)

Backpacks and Storage Bags

  • 1 daypack: for carrying water and lunch during the day. Can also be a large hipbag or bookbag.
  • 1 duffle or other soft luggage: should be able to hold all your gear, it is fine if your sleeping bag and sleeping pad can't fit inside.

Sleeping Gear

  • Sleeping bag*
  • Sleeping pad*

Personal Items

  • Sunglasses
  • Chapstick
  • Sunscreen: with at least a 15 SPF rating (higher recommended)
  • Water bottles: at least 2 quarts total
  • Toiletries: toothbrush and toothpaste, etc. Keep it to a minimum. There will not be an opportunity to shower, so don't bring shampoo, etc.
  • Towel
  • 1 Plastic or metal bowl (REQUIRED)
  • 1 mug (REQUIRED)
  • 1 fork and/or spoon (REQUIRED)
  • Any medications you will require during your trip

Optional Gear

  • Reading material
  • Cards
  • Journal (light and compact)
  • Headlamp/flashlight
  • Frisbee, football, etc.
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera (bring a couple ziplocks to protect it if it's not waterproof)
  • Pillowcase or small camping pillow
  • Snorkel/mask (if you have your own, feel free to bring it)

Do Not Bring

  • Alcohol or illegal drugs
  • A different outfit for each day
  • Personal electronic devices other than a cellular phone (cell phones for emergencies only—they must be switched off during trip)
  • Only cotton clothes (a synthetic under layer is recommended in case of rain or other unexpected circumstances)
  • Other miscellaneous deadweight, e.g. your high school yearbook, etc.
  • Anything in glass or hard luggage
  • Non-essential toiletries

Packing Tips

Although you will be in California, it will be COLD at night. Please prepare for this. Keep your trip gear separate from the rest of your luggage so that you won’t have to sort through all your stuff the night before you depart. A waterproof bag will help insure that your gear remains dry during the trip. You can also line your gear with plastic trash bags. Slide-lock ziplock bags are a great packing aid. For even more waterproofing and storage efficiency, you might also try compression bags like those available at Compartmentalize where possible (e.g., camera in a ziplock bag).

Pack light, you will have to carry everything you bring a half mile from the ferry landing to the campsite!

OA leaders will conduct a gear check before your trip departs—you must have all essential items in your possession in order to depart with your group (excepting some items that can be shared, such as sunscreen).

*Packs, sleeping bags, and pads are available free of charge upon request.

Please contact us if you need to request gear or if you have any questions (phone: 909. 607.2531 email: