Trip Kit List

Fresher's Kit Guide

If you're preparing for your first trip, one question you'll be asking yourself is "what should I bring?" This guide is here to help you understand what we provide, what you'll need to bring 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 tell us in advance.

Kit We Supply

On the river

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

If we're camping

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

If we're staying in a bunkhouse

  • Most bunkhouses will have cutlery but do check if you're unsure


  • Safety equipment (Used by group leaders)
    • Group shelter
    • Throw line
    • First Aid kit

Kit You Need to Bring

On the river

  • Clothes you don't mind getting wet in
    • Swimming costume/shorts (x2 so you can put on a dry pair the next day)
    • T-shirt (Polyester NOT cotton)
    • Wetsuit boots or old trainers (These will get wet so make sure you have a dry pair as well!)
    • Micro fleece/thermals
  • Towel
  • Waterproof bags for wet kit 

Off the river

  • Toiletries
    • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
    • Shower get (if we have showers)
  • Torch (even if we're in a bunkhouse they're useful!)
  • Water bottle
  • Food (sometimes we'll do group meal)
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
    • Snacks for on the river
      • Chocolate bars, fruit bars or anything that you can easily fit in your buoyancy aid pocket.
    • Water/squash
    • Beverages


These are additional nice-to-haves, but they're not essential to enjoy the trip.

  • Wetsuit (We have some you can use, but if you have your own that will probably be better, that being said we don't recommend you go out and buy a wetsuit)
  • River fleece
  • River thermals
  • Dry micro fleece/thermals
  • Sleeping bag liner (or a Onesie)
  • Plate, knife, fork, spoon, mug (if we're staying in a bunkhouse these are usually provided, but do check otherwise you'll be living off scotch eggs for the weekend)
  • Personal tent (if we're camping, you wouldn't trade a nice warm bunkhouse for a tent... would you?)
  • Book/kindle/tablet for the journey