Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Pahang River Kayak Expedition: Packing List

Clothes. Khee Wei recommends 3 sets of clothes. A set for traveling, a set for sleeping in and a set to kayak in. Bring a set of long sleeve shirt and pants (Or lots of sunscreen!). I'd suggest an extra set of shorts and tee shirt to kayak in if you want to work on your tan, but by day 3, you'll be glad you brought the long stuff. State of the Art Gear: Railriders Eco-Mesh shirt (pictured above) http://www.railriders.com

Dry Bags. Khee Wei has a large 30l drybag. I’ve got two. A 20l that will go into the hatch and a smaller 10l that will be lashed to the deck for quicker access. Khee Wei will provide a tent, but you will be required to carry all your personal items. Travel light.

Tropical Sleeping bag. I got a cheap rectangular bag (Overland 18 degrees by Bodypac). SGD$12 at Sports Connection.

Sleeping Pad/Thermarest. Great idea for comfort. If there’s space, I’m bringing mine.

Gloves. My hands aren’t very tough so I use gloves to paddle in. Mountain bike gloves are fine.

Raingear. No need to go high tech with this. A cheap SGD$3 poncho from Watson’s will do the trick.

Clothesline. 7m cord should do the trick.

Bungy cords. Khee Wei’s boats are pretty basic and so you’ll need these for lashing stuff to the kayak deck.

Sandals /Shoes. I’ve found that Crocs work very well in a tropical amphibious environment.

Personal Toiletries. State of the Art Gear: Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Magic Soap, an organic, biodegradable soap, shampoo and toothpaste, detergent, etc. Camper’s corner has some biodegradable soap, only not as nice. Don't forget things like toilet paper, and contact lens stuff.

Medication. I’m allergic to bee stings, so I carry antihistamines. Diarrhea medication, etc. Anyway, you get the idea.

Personal Hydration. Bottles or bladders, 2L capacity minimum

Knife. State of the Art Gear: Spyderco Salt 1

Headlamp/Flashlight. State of the Art Gear: Petzl e+Lite Headlamp Also available at All Sports in Singapore.

Hat/Cap
. broad brimmed or foreign legion style are best. State of the Art gear: Outdoor Research Sun Runner Cap. Also available at Camper’s Corner in Singapore

Camera. State of the Art Gear: Olympus 1030SW. Olympus also offers the 850SW. The key difference (other than the megapixels and being tougher) is that the 1030SW offers a slightly wider 28mm equiv. lens while the 850SW only goes as wide as 38mm. Cathay Photo is having a special on the 850SW at SGD$299 while the 1030SW is selling at SGD$580 with a 2G card.

Mobile Phone
in case you paddle past the campsite for the night.
Whistle. See above.
Bug juice/Mosquito Coils I’m not taking anti-malaria pills, so I’m bringing 100% DEET mosquito repellent.
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Lip balm with SPF
Towel
Comfort Food/Goodies Candy, gatorade drink mix, etc.
Spare Plastic bags
Cash (Ringgit)
Expedition Map Make a copy of the map and waterproof
Nightsticks Night kayaking/ camping. These are on Khee Wei’s list.
Passport & 1 Photocopies
Ipod for the bus ride

Oh, and don’t forget your paddle, PFD, and clip-on backrest if you’ve got your own.

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