Gear List

        • Sea kayaks–  Perception Essence 16.5
        • Lightweight paddle and spare paddle
        • Spray skirt/cockpit cover
        • U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device
        • Marine whistle
        • USCG-approved day or night signal flares
        • Waterproof GPS and extra batteries (Garmin GPSMAP 78 & eTrex 20)
        • Deck compass
        • Pertinent maps, NOAA charts and tide tables
        • VHF Marine Radio
        • Cell phone
        • SPOT (Gen2) Personal Satellite Tracking System (Marc)
        • DeLorme InReach 2-way Satellite Communicator (Jim)
        • First aid kit/medication
        • Towline/throw bag
        • Bilge pump/sponge/paddle float
        • Paddle leash
        • Dry bags, deck bag, and chart case
        • Sunscreen, sun hat, waterproof sunscreen, and long-sleeved, light-colored shirts
        • Polarized sunglasses.
        • Insect repellent/ThermaCELL
        • Rain gear
        • Appropriate clothing for anticipated weather
        • Water containers and easily accessible water bottle
        • MSR International stove, fuel bottles, fuel
        • Matches, lighter, and/or Swedish Fire Steel
        • Cook kit
        • Tent and/or hammock
        • Sleeping bag (sleeping pad/silk liner)
        • Flashlight and/or head lamp
        • Several feet of cord- 2mm for hanging food, separate 10-12 ft. section for drying line
        • Toilet paper with small trowel
        • Garbage bags and/or trash compactor bags
        • Pocket multi-tool
        • Repair items (duct tape, nuts/bolts, epoxy putty, super glue, sewing kit)
        • Biodegradable soap and pot scrubber
        • Camp towel
        • Ziplock bags
        • Zip Ties
        • Brass lock and stainless steel chain cable for securing kayaks
        • Joos Orange solar charger

Optional items:

Binoculars/Monocular, paddling gloves, camp stool, inflatable pillow, digital camera, and Tyvek or sil-nylon ground cover, etc…

13 Responses to Gear List

  1. Mark Prystauk says:

    Hello. I’m a friend of Tina Miles who told me about your trek. Congratulations on completing the trip! It must have been a great time.

    I appreciate the gear list. After your months at sea, did you end up with a preference between the SPOT and the InReach? …also, how was life in the Essence during that time?

    Thank you,

  2. Bruce says:

    bunch of gear nazis but yall forgot the damn motor

  3. Warren says:

    There were three or maybe four places that I felt the need to cable & lock the yak to something solid during overnight stays on the east coast – motel rooms. I happened into a “much too good of a cable to not take”, it was 25-ft long but that was excessive – 5 feet of light-weight, plastic-coated, bicycle-cable is good enough probably. I had a quarter-inch loop properly affixed thru the rear deck of the yak and two non-rust long shank locks with matching keys.

  4. Gus says:

    I recently completed the CT as a segment paddler over the past 3 years. One of my most valuable pieces of gear was a $10 Off Mosquito Repelling Power Pad Lamp. Good luck and enjoy the real Florida.

    • Congratulations Gus! Thanks for the info on the lamp. I need to check that out. How long does it last before needing a refill?

    • Warren says:

      I vote for the ThermaCELL® Mosquito Repellent Appliance. Two thoughts on it: it drives ALL bugs away, none buzzing your ears like DEET; and anything that can drive ALL bugs away from you must be bad for you TOO. I would fire it up when the bugs showed up before dark till I got in the tent and I would fire it up outside the tent 15-30 minutes before I exited the tent in the morning. I even shuffled it from my tentsite to the yak to keep away bugs while I loaded out.

      • This is all good information. Apparently a lot of hunters use the ThermaCELL and love it. They say you go through the butane cartridges faster than the pads. Found a couple videos on how you make them refillable (really easy hack) and another option for the repellent pads.

  5. casey carver says:

    My gear list would include: car, beer, AC / heat, TV, bed and shower.

  6. Warren says:

    and… one or two of those $14 AN/FM radios with built-in speakers from Radio Shack. Make sure to get the analog, not the fancy digital version – much better battery life (100+ hours on 2-AA)

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