Packing list for a one day kayak trip

Norwegian summers are famous for the variety of weather. From hot to cold, from sun to rain and even snow (depending on how high up in the mountains you are), from a breeze to a storm. Be prepared for all of this, especially when hiking or paddling. If you have not planned on extensive hiking or kayaking we still advise you to bring enough WARM clothes (so that you can layer), a water-/windproof jacket, hat (that covers the ears), umbrella, and good shoes to walk in (preferably waterproof).

In Norway, they have a saying:
‘There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing’. Here you will read what to do. Pack smart!

Weather in Norway changes fast, be sure you have enough clothing suitable for the weather forecast. This is a list of recommendations when joining us on our guided kayak day trips.
  • Light clothing for paddling during the day (preferably of fast drying material)
  • Rain/windproof jacket
  • Warm (woolen) underwear – both top and bottom is recommended even in summer season
  • Light shoes can get wet. Ideally neoprene paddling shoes or water-resistant shoes/sandals, which protect both your feet and ankles. Preferably without shoelaces. No heavy (hiking) boots.
  • Hat/cap (which covers the ears)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen cream
  • Swimwear & towel on sunny days
  • Camera
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sweets/snacks
  • Drinking bottle
  • Read your trip description; if lunch is not included take a packed lunch with you
  • Kayaks, kayak gear, life vests
  • One waterproof bag per person for your belongings
  • Toilet paper
  • First aid kit
Clothing tips:

In clothing try to avoid cotton, it easily gets wet and does not dry quickly. Synthetic materials are preferred.
Use the layering principle. You can add or remove layers depending on temperature. Don’t forget comfortable and preferably woolen socks. And a spare pair.

First layer: this layer keeps you warm: short or long sleeve T-shirt from wool or woolen/synthetic materials is recommended.
Second layer: woolen or fleece sweater for extra warmth.
Third layer: it is your protection from wind and rain: waterproof jacket and trousers are recommended.

Download this printable Packing list