Trip Kit List


Fresher's Kit Guide
Becoming a Leader

Fresher's Kit Guide [Back to Top]

Now that you have had a taste of what the Canoe club can offer I bet you can't wait to experience one of our legendary weekend trips.

There's one very simple question you want to ask it has a very long answer, "what do I need to bring?" This guide is here to help you it lists all the equipment we have that is available for you to borrow at no extra charge, personal kit you need to bring, optional extras/recommendations and top tips from the exec.

If you don't have any of the items on the recommended list then please inform a member of the exec ASAP as we are normally able to acquire extra kit if you if you tell us in advance.

Kit we supply [Back to Top]

On the River

  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • Buoyancy Aid
  • Semi-dry Cagoule (Cag)
  • Wetsuit (In a limited variety of sizes.)
  • Helmet
  • Spray deck

At the camp site

  • The Party Tent
  • Double ring gas cooker
  • Camping gas


  • Safety equipment
    • Group shelters
    • Throw lines
    • First aid kits

Kit You Need To Bring [Back to Top]

On the River clothing

  • Clothes you don't mind getting wet in
    • Swimming costume/shorts (x2 so you can put a dry one on the next morning)
    • T-shirt (polyester NOT cotton)
    • Wetsuit boots or old trainers (These will get wet so bring a dry pair)
    • Micro fleece/Thermals
  • Towel
  • Bags for wet kit

Off the River

  • Dry shoes preferable Wellington or hiking boots if camping
  • Trousers
  • T-shirt
  • Underwear
  • Fleece/Jumper/Hoodie
  • Hat/Gloves/scarf
  • Waterproof rain coat
  • Sleeping bag
  • Roll mat (unless stated that the accommodation provides mattresses)
  • Pillow (A rolled up jumper works rather well)


  • Toiletries
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Shower gel (if showers are available)
  • Torch
  • Water bottle
  • Food (some trips include a meal)
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    • Snacks for on the river
    • Water/squash
    • Alcohol


  • Wetsuit (Although you can borrow ours, if you have your own wetsuit we recommend you use it as it will fit better however, we do not recommend you go out and buy your own wetsuit.)
  • River fleece
  • River thermals
  • Dry micro fleece/thermals
  • Sleeping bag liner (or Onesies)
  • Plate, knife, fork, spoon, mug. (Recommended unless you want to live off scotch eggs for the whole weekend)
  • Personal Tent
  • Book/kindle/tablet for the bus journey

If you don't have any of the items on the recommended list then please inform a member of the exec ASAP as we are normally able to acquire extra kit if you if you tell us in advance.

Top Tips [Back to Top]

  • Be aware of the type of accommodation we are staying in. This is usually either camping or a bunk house/scout hut. You should be informed of this in your trip confirmation e-mail and use it to inform your packing.
  • Look at the weather forecast beforehand to have an idea of how dry or warm it's going to be. Prepare for the worst.
  • We usually visit Tesco's before leaving, to buy food, snacks and alcohol (not compulsory).
  • Our friendly experienced members are often happy to lend out spare personal kit if you are missing any essentials.
  • Blue IKEA bags make very good wet kit bags.
  • If you have the space bring two of each items of paddling clothing, as they are unlikely to dry fully overnight (especially when camping).
  • Cold food like pasties, sausage rolls etc. are easy to eat and don't require you to bring cutlery if you can bear not to have a hot meal during the trip.

Becoming a Leader [Back to Top]

Once you have been paddling for a while, and if you think you'll keep it up, it is worth investing in your own kit.

It is important to know how to use the safety equipment you buy before you attempt to use it. The club will run a number of safety courses, such as First aid, White Water Safety and Rescue, and White Water Kayak Leader Training, hopefully every year.

Safety Equipment [Back to Top]

Once you have done a White Water Safety and Rescue course (WWSR), which will hopefully be run every year, it is worth buying safety equipment.


  • Whistle (Most Essential)
  • Phone (In Drysuit/Drybag)
  • Knife
  • First Aid kit
  • Throwline (But only if you have a knife and have done a white water safety course)
  • 2x Karabiners
  • Sling


  • Group Shelter
  • 4 way Split Paddles

Paddling First Aid Kit [Back to Top]

A First Aid Kit is a vital piece of kit for every river leader. Most years we will run a REC Level 2 First Aid course with the Leam Boat Centre. This is a compilation of kit they recommend. is reasonably priced, but it's worth ordering with a friend to split the postage.


  • 1150 Protector Peli case
  • Plastic zip wallets to separate bits and bobs
  • Sticker or other markings to make it obvious it's a First Aid box
  • Ambulance Shears
  • Saline pods
  • Anti bacterial wipes
  • Glucose Gels/Similar (alternative - Liquid Glucose from Bakery aisle Sainsbury's £1.10)
  • Duct Tape (remove the inner cardboard tube)
  • Tarp Triangle (DIY - 1.5mx1.5m)
  • Gloves x2
  • Marker Pen
  • Spare coins
  • Patient Card (Laminated, DIY)


  • Large dressing
  • Ambulance Dressing x2
  • Assorted Fabric Plasters
  • Vetrap Bandage
  • Sterile Gauze

Personal Use (medication)

  • Cetirizine
  • Paracetamol, Ibuprofen (assorted painkillers)
  • Aspirin 300mg tablets - not the ones you dissolve in water
  • Dioralyte
  • Imodium

Outside the box

  • Ventolin (Asthma inhaler, with the owner or group leader)
  • Epipens (With the owner or group leader)

(Unnecessary) Extras for Car

  • Tweezers
  • Sam Splint
  • Burn Gel
  • Tourniquet