How to perfectly pack your kayak for a multi-day trip

I did a presentation at Canoecopia on March 11 where I showed how to pack a kayak for a multi-day trip.

Camping from a kayak is a great joy and one that I hope all paddlers will have an have opportunity to experience at some point in their lives. For this presentation, I had a great crowd of more than 100 guests looking for the inside secrets. We spent 45 minutes focused on what to bring, how to prepare your gear, the best ways to transport to the put-in and when arriving at your destination, and of course, how to get everything inside the boat.

We had a unique opportunity to truly show how things fit together by using a clear kayak, in addition to packing a P&H Cetus LV during the demo. A big shout out to P&H Custom Sea Kayaks and Werner Paddles for the loan of the Cetus and Shuna paddle.

I put together a handout for the participants and thought you might like a copy as well. Click the image to the right to get your copy.



Five reasons to love Canoecopia

Last weekend marked another outstanding Canoecopia. While some might just consider this a consumer trade show, it’s much more than that to me. Here are my top 5 reasons to love Canoecopia:

  1. It’s the annual early season family reunion for paddlers . Friends you haven’t seen in months and some that you only see once a year come together to celebrate a new season on the water.
  2. The speakers are amazing. More than 180 presentations from over 100 speakers showcase a vast knowledge base. The experiences they share from stunning destinations around the globe are mind-blowing. Greek Islands, the Kongakut River emptying out in the Arctic Ocean, 50 plus foot tidal range in the Bay of Fundy, and South Haven, Michigan…each has it’s own beauty and a story to tell.
  3. While we’re on the topic, I am truly honored to have been selected as a speaker again this year. Personally, the event becomes more fun each time I attend. This year was my fifth year presenting. Friday I shared exercises from Power to the Paddle and Sunday introduced guests to ideas to perfectly pack their kayak for a multi-day trip.
  4. Clubs, not-for-profits, symposium organizers, National Parks, small grassroots companies, and others are featured in the lobby and have a free opportunity to meet the public and spread their mission. One of the newer booths in the lobby was The Outdoor Kind. John and Jan Van Barriger founded the company whose products and programs help support safety education and provide funding to North America’s first responders in rural areas.
  5. It’s a 250,000 square feet paddler’s toy store. Whitewater, sea kayaks, canoes, surf skis, SUPs, and all the accessories you need, and a few that you did know you needed can be found here. Because all the inventory is Rutabaga’s own and repped by the manufacturers (like Werner), every dollar spent helps keep a small, local shop in business. Online shopping is great for some things, but try stopping in at Amazon’s warehouse to check out a product or ask them to do a repair.  Support your local shop, wherever they are.

If you’ve attended Canoecopia, I’m sure you will agree. If you haven’t attended yet, I hope to see you in 2019!


Meet me at Canoecopia – March 9-11, 2018

I am pleased to be speaking on two different topics at this year’s Canoecopia event (March 9-11, 2018).

Power to the Paddle: Exercises to Improve your Canoe and Kayak Paddling

Join my fun hands-on session where you’ll learn and practice functional exercises to help you paddle longer, faster, and stronger. Learn simple exercises requiring little or no equipment and targeting crucial muscles to be a better paddler, build endurance,and prevent injury. You’ll improve your outdoor experience and become the best paddler you can be!

Immediately following the presentation, I will be signing books and DVDs in the Authors Corner in the Main Lobby under the stairway.

Perfectly Pack your Kayak for a Multi-Day Trip

Loading your personal and shared group gear in your boat is part art and part science. This hands-on workshop will equip you with tips and tricks to pack your kit for a dry, safe and enjoyable multi-day journey without having to cut the handle off your toothbrush.

In addition to my presentations, you’ll find more than 180 presentations and pool demos and a 250,000 square foot show floor packed full of all the boats, boards, and paddling gear you could ever want.  Learn more about the show at