The Essentials: Sea-Kayak Camping

Jun 9, 2010
Outside Magazine
Sea-kayak camping gear

Sea-kayak camping gear    Photo: Photograph by Inga Hendrickson, Illustrations by Roderick Mills

WHERE TO USE IT: Cold water and stiff currents make Washington's San Juan Islands a serious destination for kayakers. But with good forecasts and maps from Anacortes's Sea Kayak Shop (, they can also be the most rewarding, with frequent orca and humpback sightings. Take a lap around rugged San Juan Island, basing out of the mod Earthbox Motel & Spa, in Friday Harbor (from $177; Not ready to go on your own? Let an experienced outfitter, like Outdoor Odysseys, show you how it's done (three-day trips from $549;

1. Perfect for whitewater and coastal use, Kokatat's Ronin life jacket offers full range of motion, spinal protection, and a snug fit. $158;

2. Eagles Nest Outfitters' two-person DoubleNest hammock has an optional mosquito net and rain fly. $65;

3. With removable and minimally padded shoulder straps and waist belt, Watershed's Animas drybag can double as a back­pack. $119;

4. With a bright 60-lumen spotlight, an adjustable flood, and red-light mode for night vision, Energizer's waterproof Micro LED is a simple and lightweight camp light. $30;

5. A classic intermediate/advanced day-trip or multi-day touring boat, the Wilderness Systems Tsunami 165 Pro comes with a rudder and both day and over­night hatches. $2,695;

6. At 7,150 BTU, the Primus Express­Spider stove packs some serious heat for only seven ounces. $60;

7. Pass the time in style with Mulholland's leather domino set. $135;

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