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Multi-day Expeditions > Packing list

What to bring on a Greek Island kayak expedition:

Planning

Sea kayaks can take loads of gear, however, the more you have, the heavier (and slower) your kayak is.  It is also more difficult and time-consuming  to pack and unpack. The key is to keep everything to a minimum.  Everything should be packed in dry-bags.  Many smaller dry-bags are preferable to a few larger ones.  20 litres (20cm diameter) should be the maximum size.  I suggest 2, 20 litre dry-bags and 5-7 smaller ones of various sizes and colours.

Kayaking gear - supplied by Sea Kayak Milos (see our equipment page)

  • Single kayak , OR
  • Rainbow Atlantis double (tandem) expedition kayak, with rudder
  • Paddle - Werner Shuna glass paddle (210, 215 and 220cm)
  • Spray-deck (PVC or Neoprene)
  • Buoyancy-aid (a PFD)
  • Laminated A4 maps
  • Expedition first aid kit
  • Safety gear - EPIRB, flares, tow lines, spare paddles, spare spray-deck
  • Communication equipment: cell phones, VHF radio

Camping gear - bring what you have, otherwise you can loan or hire from Sea Kayak Milos (please pre-book):

  • Lightweight tent with sandpegs - 2-man tent available for hire 30/ week
  • Foam or inflatable mattress - Thermarest available for hire 10/ week
  • Sleeping bag
  • Head torch
  • Mug, plate and cutlery - available for loan
  • Dry-bags (2 x 20litre and 5-7 smaller ones) - I have some available for loan

NB: All cooking equipment is provided - stove, pots, utensils,

Personal Items - You bring

Paddling gear:

  • Quick dry shirt (a long sleeve shirt - a lycra rash vest or "rashy" - is ideal)
  • Quick dry or neoprene shorts
  • Waterproof paddling jacket (i.e. A cag or cagoule)
  • Swimming costume
  • Sport sandals, water shoes or "crocs'
  • Hat and sunglasses with retaining straps, sunscreen

Additional paddling gear for late and early season expeditions; November to April.

  • Neoprene or "Reed" trousers
  • extra base layer
  • A warm hat
  • pogies or gloves

Dry clothes:

  • Pair of trainers or walking shoes or sport sandals
  • 2 T-shirts or similar
  • 1 shorts
  • 1 trousers
  • 1 thermal top base layer
  • 1 fleece
  • warm hat
  • Underwear and sox

Other

  • Toiletries
  • Pak-towel or similar
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Wet-tissues
  • Toilet paper
  • Book
  • Phone
  • Waterproof camera or camera in a waterproof container

How to pack!

I suggest you all pack everything into drybags before you leave home.

This is my system for packing:

  1. 20lt clothing

  2. 20lt Extras (things you do not necessarily need on a day to day basis and can usually stay in the boat: first-aid kit, repair kit, spare clothes (perhaps thermals, hat, gloves, cag), spare sunglasses, spare anything else)

  3. 12lt sleeping bag

  4. 12lt tent

  5. 12lt mattress

  6. 12lt - shoes

  7. 12lt food I use just one for bread, crackers, biscuits, etc,  Food, for the most part (tins, jars, bottles and packets) does not need to go in a dry bag and can stay loose or in plastic shopping bags. 

  8. 12lt stove (possibly not necessary, but salt water corrodes gas burners)

  9. 5lt toiletries (tooth brush & paste, shampoo, toilet paper, wet wipes, medications, etc)

  10. 5lt electronics and books head torch, book, diary, phone, batteries, chargers, (probably worth double bagging!)

Sea Kayak Milos is owned and operated by Rod Feldtmann and Petrinela Vikeli, of Triovasalos, Milos Greece.       home | about Milos | about us | contact us