Wilderness expedition kit list

A surprising amount of kit is required for expeditions to remote wilderness islands. Some for comfort, some for safety, some for sanity – but, over the horizon, all absolutely vital.

A typical expedition (one-day kayak, two-day stay and one day return leg) requires an extensive list of provisions and equipment.

However, if sourcing food during expeditions, apart from keeping weight down, it also ensures the food is ocean fresh*.

The kit list for a kayak expedition is divided into five categories as follows:
1. Paddle, 2. Catch , 3. Cook, 4. Sleep and 5. Help!

1. Paddle

–Folbot Cooper folding kayak
–Paddles, spare paddles
–Spray deck
–Cagoule, wetsuit + hair conditioner
–Personal Flotation Device (PFD), whistle

–kayak float bags, front + rear
–Hot / cold drink, energy bars
–Compass, tide chart, sea map, waterproof wallet
–Dry bags, carabiners
–Binoculars, camera
–Sunglasses, hat, paddling gloves, sun cream, lip salve
–Throw line, anchor

–kayak canvas repair patches, sewing kit, rubber liner repair kit


2. Catch

–Kayak rod, shore rod, handline, reels
–Tackle box (line, hooks, wedges, plugs, feather mackerel rigs, spinners, luminous squid, beads, snap swivels, split rings, bait wire, lead weights, stones with holes, beach cast weights, floats, balloons)
–Penknife multi-tool
–Goggles, dive socks, dive gloves, fins,  dive belt, dive weights, dive knife, crab hook, speargun
–Folding ceel pots, buoys, para chord, bait

3. Cook

–Water containers, water
–Gas cooker, spare gas canisters
–Kelly Kettle
–Lighter, windproof matches
–Pre-prepared pine fire feather sticks + tinder, fire lighters
–Mugs, plates, pans, pots, sieve, falley knife, cutlery, washing liquid, wire scrub
–Collapsible coffee filter + Moka
–Flour, oats, raisins, baking powder
–Powdered milk, ground coffee, tea bags, sugar, cooking oil, maple syrup
–Capers, dried chili, dried garlic, lemon, olives, sun dried tomatoes, mustard powder, thyme, bay leaves, cinnamon, smoked paprika, salt, black peppercorns

–long life cream, butter, bacon, cheese, parmesan, chorizo, cooking wine
–Oat cakes, tinned tuna
–Pasta, rice, wraps
–Boiled eggs, new potatoes, onions, fresh garlic, fresh parsley, lemons, green beans
–Dried survival meals

4. Sleep

–Tarp, ground sheet
–Bivvy bag
–Sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner
–Air matt, airmatt repair kit
–Bungees, para chord, tent pegs, gaffer tape
–Torch, batteries, langern, oil, wicks
–Folding spade, loo paper, plastic sacks
–Toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, mirror, soap, shampoo, travel towel
–2 x set dry clothes
–smoke coils, deet, anti-histamine

5. Help!

–VHF radio, batteries
–Rocket flare, hand held flares, waterproof location light
–Phone, waterproof phone case, solar charger
–First Aid kit
–Water purification tablets
–Repair and sewing kit
–Spare paddle
–Torch, batteries

It kay be of no surprise that this all weighs some 100 lbs. Once body weight and kayak load capacity is considered there isnt much fat that can be cut.

Heavily loading a kayak causes it to sit low in the water and a wet deck.


* the term fresh fish is of course relative. On the high-street, at supermarkets and in city restaurants fresh fish means days old so when patiently waiting for your number to be called at the fish-counter be ready to ask where it is from and how many days ago your fish was likely caught. Supermarkets invent terms to suit their needs and, as a discerning consumer, it really is your right to challenge nonsense. At Octane we have therefore been forced to make a new, differentiated and entirely transparent definition – Ocean-fresh. Simply put, it means caught and eaten same-day.

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