This is a guide as to what you will need on a weekend paddling trip but if you can think of anything else you will need then do bring it! Please don't feel like you have to go out and buy loads of kit, if you don't have something on the list, just post up and hopefully someone will have a spare (older members love gathering spare kit!).
Available to borrow from the club
If you are a fresher then we are assuming that you would like to borrow all of the following! However, if you have your own then please do bring them if you prefer. Non-freshers, please post up in the trip FB event what kit you will need to borrow.
- Buoyancy Aid
- Cag (waterproof top layer)
If the trip accommodation is a bunk house then there will be mattresses but no bedding so bring…
- Sleeping Bag
- Roll Mat/Camp Bed (unless staying in a bunkhouse where mattresses are provided – post up if you don't have one as some people will have spares)
- Tent (only if camping - we will be buddying up to share tents so post up if you need space or have space spare in a tent – you don't have to buy a tent!!)
It is important that you are warm enough when paddling. Cotton materials tend to hold water and make you colder, materials like fleece are much better. If you are unsure, please post up as I am sure plenty of members will have things you can borrow. Note that club wetsuits are long john style so they have legs but no arms, you may want to wear a thermal top/rash vest underneath but it's not essential.
- Fleece top (that won't hold water) x2
- Thermal tops x2 (not essential if you are using a wetsuit)
- Thermal bottoms x2 (not necessary if you are using a wetsuit)
- Thick Socks x2
- Sports Bra/bikini x2
- Underwear x2
- Water bottle
- River Shoes (old trainers will be okay)
- Dry Bag (bin bag will be okay)
We usually socialise in the accommodation or in a local pub so we are not going anywhere fancy - just bring warm clothes you are comfortable in.
- Wellies/Walking shoes
- Rain Coat
- Warm clothes!!
On Saturday night, the club usually provides a meal or we head to a local pub for food. You will have a chance to buy food at a service station on the Friday evening. For breakfasts, we recommend something easy such as brioche, bread or croissants. For lunches, something that travels well in the back of a boat such as individually wrapped pasties/slices/sandwiches, premade sandwiches or any food in a sealed container!
- Saturday and Sunday breakfasts
- Saturday and Sunday Lunches
- Alcohol for Saturday night if you would like
- Phone Charger
- Medication (any tablets/inhalers)
- Contact Lenses/glasses
Anything else mentioned in the Facebook event that is specific to the trip!!