What to bring – Sea Kayaking tours Following is a list of suggested items recommended for your safety and comfort while on your kayak tour. Sea Kayaks are basically watertight, although small amounts of water may leak through the rudder lines and hatches. In the event of rain or dropping gear in the water we try to keep things as water tight as possible. To prevent your gear from getting wet all items should be packed in waterproof storage bags. The largest bag should not be larger than a sleeping bag or 30 liters - several small bags are best. We will provide 2 or 3 dry bags per person (depending on how much gear you have). The small bags are good for storing small items such as cameras, sunscreen, glasses, etc. The larger ones will be used for storing your extra clothing. For sleeping bags the best method is to place a garbage bag inside your sleeping bag stuff sac (cover), then your bag inside the garbage bag. Sleeping bags inside dry bags are generally too bulky. Stuff sacs are also good for extra clothing. Stuff sacs can be purchased at most outdoor stores. If you have any concerns or questions about the list, don’t hesitate to contact us. Spirit of the West generally provides tents and sleeping mats for our scheduled tours. If you are arranging a custom tour we may need you to supply these items. Sleeping bag - We suggest a synthetic bag, as opposed to down, as down will not insulate when wet. If you are uncertain of how warm your bag will be bring a small blanket. Small pillow – Small and compact camping pillows can be purchased at outdoor stores or at our Spirit of the West store. If you would like to order one from us you may want to reserve one ahead of time to ensure we have one in stock when you arrive. Retail price is $17.50 + 14% tax. Bulky clothing inside a t-shirt or dry bag also works well. Wetshoes - A pair that can get wet such as sandals, beachshoes, neoprene booties, or rubber boots. Hint: all our guides will be wearing rubber boots in cooler areas like Johnstone Strait or the West coast. A combination of sandals and rubber boots works best. Camp footwear - A pair of runners are good. Hat - A sun hat such as a baseball hat is a must. You may also want to bring more of a brimmed rain/sun hat and a wool or fleece hat for evenings or cooler days. Sunglasses & sunscreen - A must for protection from sun and glare off water. Safety cords are also a good idea. Towel and bathing suit - Not too bulky of a towel. Medication - If you are bringing medication please ensure that ......1.The name and expiry date of drug is on container 2. You have the detailed instructions of dosage and frequency. 3. Pack in water and sun proof container. 4. You bring a full extra dosage of your medication in a separate container and leave with head guide, in case you misplace or loose yours. Personal items - Toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, washcloth, feminine hygiene products (non- perfumed items are less likely to attract bugs), hairbrush, etc. Toilet paper - All paper that is used will either get burned or taken out. We provide a toiletry bag, but you may want to bring extra t.p. or your own bag. See ‘sanitation’ on the next page. Wet wipes – good for sanitizing or a quick wash when water is not available Zip loc baggies & several large garbage bags Matches or lighter Mosquito repellent Small flashlight—with the batteries Water bottle – 1 or 2 filled water bottles. Bike bottles or Nalgene bottles work best. Camera & film - In waterproof bag or case. You may use our dry bags. Non waterproof nylon stuff sacs - Ideal for using in conjunction with the garbage bags as they protect the bags from ripping. They can be purchased at many outdoor stores. Please turn over………. Gloves – (Optional) Wool or fleece gloves with grip are adequate. If you are really concerned about cold hands, and are paddling in the spring/fall seasons or on our Nuchatlitz tour, you may want to invest in neoprene gloves, or pogies (a bit of a luxury). Beverages – We supply a wide range of teas and coffee as well as juices. You are welcome to bring along alcoholic beverages if you choose to. Fishing gear (optional) – make sure you have a valid B.C. fishing license. Pick one up the day before if possible. Book or journal Binoculars (optional) Clothing should be suitable for the time of year bearing in mind that it could become cold and wet at anytime of year. Layering is the best way to regulate body temperature and maintain warmth. We suggest avoiding cotton (except for those hot days). Cotton has no insulation value when wet. An inner material that wicks moisture from the body and gives a comfortable dry feeling even while wet is the best first layer (Polypropylene, Lycra, Nylon, Polyester). A synthetic material such as fleece or pile makes the best second layer to provide warmth. Wool is also suitable. Rain jacket & rain pants - For the unexpected nasty weather. The rain jacket is most important. To test your waterproof ness jump in the shower and see if you stay dry! Light windproof jacket – optional Long pants - 1 pair of fleece or warm comfortable pants. 2 lighter pair such as a quick dry fabric. Jeans are not recommended. Lightweight long underwear - optional depending on time of year. Sweater - 1 heavy and 1 light wool or fleece Long-sleeved non cotton shirt - 2 T-shirts - 2-3 depending on long your tour is. Shorts - 2 quick dry nylon Warm socks - 3 pair Undergarments An extra set of clothes that you may want to leave behind in the vehicle. Sanitation in the Wilderness The kayak cuts no grooves and leaves no scars, as it travels freely through the waters. However on land, with the increasing number of kayakers venturing into new territory and seeking the untraveled path, we must respect our surroundings and be aware of our impact on these environmentally sensitive areas. Spirit of the West makes every effort to ensure we leave our area as we found it. Where do we wash? Are there toilets? These are some of the most common concerns but questions not always asked. All of our camping sites are in wilderness settings and therefore are basic and rustic giving a true wilderness experience. For those wanting to wash up, you have the option of using small streams, the ocean, or one of the fresh water lakes that we may visit. For washing in the lakes we do not suggest using any cleansing agents. We can also try to arrange a warm sponge bath if we have enough water nearby. Toilet facilities are not common in most wilderness settings, although some areas may have pit toilets. Your guide will carry a toiletry bag, and will generally designate an area or method that works best for each area. Our guides will go over these details before the tour and if you have any concerns while on tour please do not be shy to ask your guide. All paper and sanitary products are taken out - this is where Ziplocs are handy. Toilet paper can be burned or taken out. Sanitary products can be wrapped in newspaper and placed in Ziploc. We suggest bringing some hand soap or liquid disinfectant that can be purchased at pharmacies, this can accompany your toiletry bag.