Packing Lists - ROZYBOOM

Packing Lists

What I pack depends on the length and/or intensity of the paddle. The style (flatwater, whitewater, surfing, or training) of paddle is also a factor. Along with the time of year and weather conditions. Being smart and safe out there is key!

Short Day Paddles

Lightweight Long-Sleeve Shirt: Fair skin here, so I burn quickly and I run hot. These keep me cooler since my sweat has something to absorb onto instead of just evaporating. Yet, drys fast, acts as an AC unit, and is a physical barrier from the sun. I rarely paddle in a short-sleeve shirt, but if I do it tends to be later at night. All of my shirts are 100% polyester, hemp, or a blend, with little to no cotton. I love my Nike Dry Fit Pro or Patagonia base-layer, which I wear doing all the activities I partake in. Lightweight and fast drying is key!

Long Pants or Board Shorts: Just like the long-sleeve shirt, pants can do the same. Easier to have physical barrier from the sun vs putting sunscreen on. Also, helps with pesky bugs like mosquitoes. I have been digging my Outdoor Research pants made of lightweight nylon and spandex. Dry crazy fast and stretch! I also like the Coalatree Trailhead adventure pants for the same reasons. Later at night or on super hot days, you can catch me in board-shorts. I prefer pants for the sun protection. Ladies: lightweight hiking pants, yoga, or workout pants all work great. Swimsuits, shorts, and a top works too. Otherwise, whatever you feel comfortable wearing. I know some of ya love the sun. Anything made with polyester, nylon, blends, and other fast drying materials is still key.

Water Shoes/Footwear: Flip flops, bare feet, or shoes from Astral Footwear, I love my Hiyaks. Once on the board you can be barefoot. You might have to walk across asphalt, rocks, sand, and other types of rough terrain to access the water we are going to paddle. So keep that in mind. 

Sunscreen, Hat, Sunglasses, and Bug Spray: Take care of your beautiful skin and eyes. Plus, protect yourself from those persistent bugs. Please use biodegradable and eco- friendly sunscreen and bug spray from companies like Badger Balm. Their clear Zinc Sunscreen is awesome!

Rain Jacket: I always have one with me. Great for colder windy days too, since they block the wind. You can get pretty warm with one on too. I tend to only use mine in heaver rain, which it fits over my PFD. 

Towel: Travel towels that are microfiber fabric are fantastic! Typically made of polyester. I wrap my camera in one and tend to have a larger one that comes in handy all the time. Heck I used one as a blanket before. Of course, great to wipe your board down after a paddle so your vehicle does not get as wet.

Headlamp! A must on all paddles for me. There's been so many times paddling after work, I think I will be back before dark. No really ever the case, since I love to catch the sunset. So I am paddling back with limited light. Just smart to have one and helps boats see you.

Safety Gear: Whistle and knife, not needed, but I always have one on me. If paddling with other, I will have a throw rope and/or NRS straps. Just in case I have to tow someone or other situations comes up.

PFD (Life Jacket): I rock the Green Jacket from Astral Designs.

Dry Bag: Place to put your phone, keys, wallet, water bottle, snack, and any other layers you might want with you. I like to use a 20L Dry Bag for short paddles. 35L Dry Bag if I have my camera, hammock, and/or other layers with me. 

Longer Day Paddles

Same as above plus the following:

Additional Warm Layer: Depending on the weather I tend to have a fleece, wool, or Polartec material sweater/hoodie. Keeps you warm wet and dry.

Flannel: Yup, your typical hiking flannel made of 100% polyester (or other quick drying material) is ideal. I love paddling in them and nice to have the chest pockets for snacks and GoPro. You will typically see me in one all the time, with my lightweight long sleeve shirt. Great camp shirt too!

First-aid kit:  Custom built for what tends to happen in the wilderness. I do always have a first responder field guide that highlights common injuries too. First aid training is highly recommended for anyone spending a lot of time the outdoor. Let others know where the kit is, in case you get hurt.

Repair Kit: For all things SUPing, Camping, and more. Has a patch kit, tenacious tape, athletic tape, ace bandages, super glue, and so on.

Water Treatment: Playtapus GravityWorks 4L system with Lifestraw and/or Aquamira as backups.

Maps of the route and area.

Hammock! Almost any longer paddle I will have a ENO hammock with me. Love to set it up on the shoreline or riverbanks for my break. 

Rain Jacket: I can not stress this enough for paddling! Even more so in the Mid-West. Rain and mixed weather can come out of nowhere. Depending on the season, I might have rain pants with me too, but not as common. Also, if/when you fall into colder water you can strip down and use your rain jacket to warm yourself back up, since your heat will not escape like it does with other materials.

Plenty of Food and Water! Nothing sucks more then when you run out of clean water or food. Cramps can set in quicker then people think. Better to error on the generous side and adjust as you get more used to your paddles.

Destination Paddle - Multi - Day Trips

Combining short day and long day paddles plus the following:

ENO Hammock Sleeping System: Includes hammock, Bug Net (key), and rain tarp. Got to say I LOVE hammock sleeping and how weather tight it really is. Plus, when the weather is good I can rock just the hammock. If I am not using a hammock system, I do have a compact 2 person tent that sets up super fast. I will also bring along an inflatable ground pad.

Sleeping bag and Liner: Depending on the temperatures will dictate what sleeping bag I will bring. Remember, most sleeping bags temp rating are for Survival not comfort, make sure to check. I love using a Sea to Summit Liner in my sleeping bags. Make the bag last longer and less washing, since you are in the liner not the bag itself. Plus, on hot days I sleep with just the liner on top of my bag. Use a synthetic sleeping bag if you don’t have your watertight systems down. Synthetic will keep you warm when wet, where down does not. But down compact way better. Ask if you are not sure what you have.

Stove: Jetboil and/or MSR Wisperlight (white gas stove), including fuel and extra lighter. Plus, some fire starter for bonfires/emergency fires in wet conditions or wet wood, which has almost always happens in the Mid-Wet.

Pots, Pans, and Kitchen Stuff: Frybake Pan all the way! I love this pan! Use it at home too. Sea To Summit Sigma Pot and/or X-Pot. Sea to Summit X-Brew Coffee Dipper, but sometimes a coffee press. Camp cup for hot drinks, Delta Bowl (place to put cooked food and the lid is a great cutting board), spork, spices kit, chief knife, and anything else we need to keep cooking awesome meals.

Bear Mace and Bag: When going into bear territory.  I use my portage strap to hang my food up high, which tends to be one of my Dry Bags.

Hatchet and Saw: For cutting fire wood or any other need/reason.

Cooler: Typically, my RTIC soft cooler(30 can size) along with my recommended foods.

Extras: Set of fins, NRS straps (super handy for all sorts of stuff), Paracord, and sometimes I bring a pump too.

Pack: All of this goes into a single 65L or 95L Sea to Summit Hydraulic Dry Pack, but I might also rock a 35L Hydraulic bag too. Depends if I am taking my synthetic zero degree sleeping bag and/or added camera equipment. Light and fast is key!