- Always keep maps in waterproof bags
- Check stove before leaving
- TWO spoons: one for eating peanut butter during the day, one with my fork for dinner/breakfast
- Re-seal my tent before I left
- Bring less clothing (This is all I need--camp clothes: hoodie, sweatpants, long sleeve tee, thick socks, nightgown; paddling clothes: tee, rashguard, 3 pairs underwear, pants, capris; and nice/laundry day clothes: skirt, tee)
- Slightly larger phone dry bag. I use my phone all the time. When it’s in the dry bag, it’s possible but difficult to read the screen, and I can’t use the camera at all. Since I use it outside the bag in camp, and like to take pics with it regularly, I find I’m always fiddling to get it in or out of the bag. It’s a tight fit, so it’s annoying. If it were just a bit bigger, sliding it in and out would be easier. I have taken to putting it in a pelican case some days, for easier access, but then I have to be SUPER careful not to drop it or get it wet.
- Always keep PFD, hat, sunglasses, gloves INSIDE the cockpit at night or tie them down really well (so they don’t blow away)
- Don’t bring rain pants—when it rains, I get wet no matter what
- Foam seat pad
- Bring a couple lightweight reusable grocery bags—they’re great for carrying things from the boat to the tent
- Bring a thermacell for mosquito control during the first month
- Bring a good pair of shoes instead of 2 crappy pairs
- Synthetic sleeping bag instead of down? Not sure. Actually been fairly impressed with how well the down dries out.
- Make sure GPS isn’t just waterproof, but also floats
- Print out the lower Mississippi river maps and spiral bound them
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Alyssum Pohl is paddling the Mississippi River and documenting water quality and plastic waste along the way.