Despite having mapped out our full equipment list for you, it's important to remember that if you're planning a canoe or kayak trip, gear choice is a hugely subjective thing. We had stuff that was great, stuff that was bad, and ultimately your mind set is more important than you're kit. If you're planning a trip and trawling through equipment lists, have a read of this which is a good aid and will stop you getting carried away.

This list is divided broadly into five sections though really there is a lot of overlap.


  • Canoe - Mad River Reflection 17
  • 2x Grey Owl, Voyageur Paddles
  • Spare TNP Paddle
  • Handikart Canoe Wheels
  • 2x Palm 100ltr Watertight Rucksack
  • 60ltr Canoe Barrel
  • 2x 30ltr Canoe Barrel
  • 2x Gill Buoyancy Aid
  • 25m Throwline
  • Tow Rope
  • Rec Repair Kit
  • Otter Box (water tight case for phones and small items) 
  • 20x Cap Flares
  • 2x 12hr Glow Stick
  • 2x Bike Locks
  • First Aid Kit


  • Tent - Mountain Hardwear Skyledge 2.1 (Stolen and replaced with QUECHUA QuickHiker Ultralight II)
  • 2x Roll Mat
  • 2x Sleeping Bag
  • MSR Pocket Rocket Stove
  • MSR XGK Expedition Stove
  • Stove Fuel
  • Matches
  • Cooking Set
  • 2x Tin Mugs
  • 2x Swiss Army Knife
  • 2x Fork, Spoon
  • Mobile Power Solar Charger
  • Small Time Solar Charger
  • 800x Oasis Water Purification Tablets (Yes. Wildly excessive amount)
  • Survival Bag and Foil Blankets
  • Sun Cream
  • Bug Spray
  • Lip Salve
  • Hand Sanitation Gel
  • Toilet Kit
  • Personal Wash Kit, Biodegradable Soap and Shampoo
  • Cookery Wash Kit
  • Agri Tape
  • String
  • Wind Up Torch
  • Head Torch
  • Books
  • Playing Cards


  • Waterproof Map Sleeve
  • Maps
  • Compass
  • Passports
  • Passport Photocopies (stored separately) 
  • NHS Cards
  • BCU Membership Card
  • Wallet
  • Mobile Phone
  • Notebook/Journal
  • Dictionaries/Phrasebooks
  • Plastic Pouch For Receipts


  • Pair Sandals
  • Pair Running Trainers
  • 3x Pair Socks
  • 3x Pair Boxers
  • Sports Base Layer (UnderArmour) Top
  • Sports Base Layer (UnderArmour) Bottoms
  • 2x Sports T-shirt
  • Casual T-shirt
  • Long-sleeved sports shirt
  • Pair Trousers with cut-away legs
  • Pair Swimming Trunks
  • Thin Jumper
  • Sports Fleece (Regatta)
  • Canoe Gloves
  • Sun Cap
  • Wooly Hat
  • Unlined Rain Coat (Patagonia)
  • Waterproof Trousers

When it came to our food barrels we did not follow a specific diet or keep a calorie count, though this is what some people prefer to do. We made sure we ate a lot and had a high carb and protein intake. For breakfast we had cereal throughout with a litre of milk between us each day. At lunch we generally had two savoury sandwiches followed by two sweeter (e.g. jam) sandwiches. Snacks were most often apples, bananas and nuts & raisins. Evening meals rotated between a base of mainly rice, pasta and couscous but other than this there was always a lot of variation throughout all meals. Food depended on what was available and what would keep well in the climate of the area.