A word about how to dress for paddling . . .

It is important to understand your own metabolism when you are planning your clothing since everyone responds differently to the elements.  The best strategy to use is the Layering concept which basically entails three main layers:  Wicking, Warmth, and Weather.  The Wicking layer is the inner layer that is worn next to the skin.  Typically this is a layer of synthetic long underwear like Capilene, Lifa, Coolmax, polypropylene to name a few.  It's job is to transfer any moisture near your skin away from your skin which prevents heat loss through evaporation.  The next layer is your layer for warmth and is typically a synthetic top like fleece or pile.  Wool would also work but tends to be heavy when wet. The final layer is the Weather layer which essentially keeps most of the elements off of you like wind, splashing, precipitation.  This layer should be some sort of coated nylon or Gore-tex so that you do have some protection from water.  Now, the real beauty of this layering system is that you can regulate your body temperature by adding or removing layers as the need arises.  Most likely, you'll find that you won't need to wear the warmth layer but the prudent paddler always carries it along in the event of going for a swim or the weather changes. I would guess that in most cases we will only need to wear the wicking layer and in many instances we will do so to provide protection from the sun, a key factor to consider.  So, in addition to the wicking layer, I would recommend a long-sleeve light colored nylon shirt for those very sunny days that it seems ridiculous to put anything on except swim trunks or a bathing suit. Remember, if you ever get too hot, you can always get wet!

 One final note before the listalthough cotton is very comfortable and t-shirts are tempting to wear, we discourage its use on the water for the following reason.  Should you get the cotton wet and then experience any wind, you will find that you will get chilled very quickly through convective cooling.  Cotton retains water whereas synthetics do not. So save the cotton for our evenings around the camp.



•  Farmer John wetsuit (we will provide one if you do not have one)

•  Lightweight long underwear long-sleeve shirts (to wear underneath the wetsuit)

•  Gore-tex jacket or paddling jacket

•  Bathing suit or swim trunks (to wear under wetsuit)

•  Water shoes: Teva sandals, aqua booties, Crocs, old sneakers, or neoprene booties

NOTE:  If you have size 12 feet or larger we do not recommend the sandals

•  Baseball style cap or visor

•  A good pair of sunglasses with a safety strap

•  Sunblock

• 1 Quart Water Bottle or other hydration system

•  Dry bags or heavy-duty garbage bags to waterproof your gear

•  A deck compass or handheld orienteering compass

•  A whistle


•  Tent

•  Synthetic sleeping bag rated between 20 & 40 degrees and a sleeping pad

•  Flashlight with new batteries or headlamp

•  Long-sleeve nylon or cotton shirt

•  Nylon shorts or pants

•  Lightweight long underwear top and bottoms

•  Pile or fleece top

•  Full set of rain gear

•  Dry footwear including non-cotton socks

•  2 gallons of water (the screw on caps work best or a water bag).

•  Plate, cup and utensils (non-metal works best)

•  Personal snacks like granola bars; we will have some but it is a good idea to bring the kind you like too

•  Small personal first aid kit

•  Toiletries including toothpaste, toothbrush, brush/comb, etc.

•  Toilet paper and hand sanitizer (please use biodegradable soap)

•  5 quart-size Ziploc bags and two gallon size Ziploc bags (this is for the toilet system that we will explain)

•  Newspaper- again for the toilet system; you will need about a sheet a day.

•  Bug repellant :  there are mosquitos at this time of the year even on the islands

•  A waterproof bag or case for carrying a camera, binoculars, etc ,  many times these can be strapped on the deck so that you can access what you need easily.  If you need help finding something let us know and we can help you out.

  •  If you need help with any of these items please don't hesitate to visit our website,  http://www.h2outfitters.com or call us at 1-800-205-2925 for product advice or to order some of these items.  We have selected what has worked best for us over the years and offer these to our trip clients at 10% off the retail price.


Highly recommended:

•  Crazy creek chair

•  Camera in a waterproof dry bag

•  Binoculars

•  Guide books or books to read

•  Compact games like cards or musical instrument like harmonica

•  Bandanna


•  Single polyethelene sea kayaks (16' and longer) unless you specify that you would prefer a double, or unless you are bringing your own

•  Nylon sprayskirts, PFDs (lifejackets), paddles and farmer john and jane wetsuits

•  Food beginning with lunch on the first day and finishing with lunch on final day

•  Cooking equipment

•  Safety gear, group first aid kit and a repair kit