Packing List:
Everglades & Keys Kayaking

Bags & Packing

  • (1-2) Soft-Sided Duffel Bag(s)

    Stick to small to medium-size duffle(s). Shoot to fit all your clothing and personal gear inside. You'll be able to transfer all your on-water gear into dry bags we provide.

  • optional Small Stuff Sacks or Small Packing Cubes

    These help keep your clothing and gear organized.


  • (3-4) Synthetic T-Shirts, Tanks, or Athletic Tops

    T-shirts or tops made for running or working out are good choices. Stick to moisture-wicking fabrics. A long-sleeve, light-color, vented sun shirt may also work well.

  • (2-3) Pairs of Shorts or Pants

    Bring shorts designed for running or working out. Loose or compression fit. Look for moisture-wicking nylon, polyester, nylon/spandex, or polyester/spandex fabrics. Nylon hiking pants or lightweight running tights can be substituted to provided sun protection.

  • Long Sleeve Baselayer Top

    Look for wool, Capilene, or polyester fabrics. No cotton.

  • Pair of Baselayer Bottoms

    Moisture-wicking long underwear bottoms or ankle-length tights made for training/running. Look for wool, Capilene, nylon/spandex, or polyester/spandex. No cotton.

  • (3-4 Pair) Athletic Underwear

    Stick to moisture-wicking fabrics. No cotton. If you pack shorts with built-in liners, you can pack fewer pairs of underwear.

  • (2-3) Sports Bras

    (If applicable.) Stick to synthetic or wool fabrics. No cotton.

  • Upper Body Insulation Layer

    A polyester fleece jacket or synthetic "puffy" jacket. This should be able to be worn under your rain jacket. No cotton.

  • Waterproof/Breathable Rain Jacket

    A lightweight hard shell you can wear over your other upper body layers.

  • Casual Clothing for Travel

  • optional Waterproof/Breathable Rain Pants

Hand, Neck, and Headwear

  • Hat with a Brim

    A baseball hat, visor, or sun hat.

  • optional Mosquito Head Net

    Recommended! Head nets look silly but make mosquitos less bothersome around sunset.

  • optional Knit Hat

    A wool, synthetic knit, or fleece hat for cool nights.

  • optional Lightweight Gloves

    Fleece, Power Stretch, or other gloves made for running or for use as a medium-weight liner.

  • optional Buff

    A multi-purpose piece of neck and headwear that our guides suggest.


  • Pair of River Sandals or Water Shoes

    Bring either sport sands with ankle straps (like Chacos or Tevas) or water shoes. Flip flops are not acceptable.

  • optional Camp Shoes

    These are recommended. It's nice to be able to change your shoes at the end of the day at camp! Sneakers, running shoes, trail runners, or light hiking shoes all work well.

  • optional Socks

    Socks may make cool nights more comfortable in your sleeping bag, or can be worn with camp shoes.

Personal Care

  • Sunglasses with Strap

  • Sunscreen

    Pack at least 4oz of sunscreen. Our guides recommend SPF 30 or higher. Smaller containers work better than larger ones. No aerosol spray cans.

  • Lip Balm with SPF

  • 3oz Bottle of Hand Sanitizer

  • Toiletries

    Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, soap, shampoo, conditioner, face wash, lotion, moisturizer with SPF, brush/comb, etc.

  • Small Microfiber Camp Towel

  • Any Medications You Take

  • Menstrual Hygiene Supplies

    (If applicable.) Tampons, Diva Cup, or pads. Pack 50% more supplies than you expect to need.

  • Spare Glasses or Contact Lenses

    (If applicable.)

  • Insect Repellent

    Look for the active ingredient DEET. Ben's brand is packaged well for backcountry travel. No aerosol sprays.

  • optional Bathing / Body Wipes


  • Sleeping Bag

    Bring a mummy-cut backpacking-style sleeping bag rated for 20-degrees Fahrenheit.

  • LED Headlamp and Spare Set of Batteries

  • Water Bottle

    Minimum of 32oz volume. Pick a bottle with a screw-top lid that covers the areas your mouth contacts. A Nalgene-brand bottle is a good choice.

  • optional Camping/Travel Pillow

Other Items

  • $25-$40 Cash

    For a restaurant lunch on day 2 and optional tiki bar libations.

  • optional Guide Gratuity

    Please consider rewarding hard work and excellent service with a guide gratuity at the end of the adventure.

  • optional Notebook and Pen

  • optional Paperback Book

  • optional Small, Point-And-Shoot Camera

  • optional Compact Binoculars

Provided by Bad Adventures

  • Kayaks & Paddles

    We provide 16-foot sit-on-top touring kayaks.

  • Personal Flotation Device (Life Jacket)

    Want to bring your own? No problem! Just let us know before your trip.

  • Tents & Tent Stakes

    Sturdy, dome-style backpacking tents.

  • Camping Mattresses

    Inflatable camping mattresses make nights more comfortable. You may also bring your own. Just let us know before your trip.

  • Dry Bags

    We provide enough dry bags to protect all your personal on-water gear.

  • Stoves & Cookware

    We cover the stoves, fuel, pots, pans, and utensils!

  • Dinnerware

    We have bowls, plates, utensils, and mugs. You can leave that rusty old spork at home!

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