Expedition Kit

There’s so much kit available nowadays that it can be daunting knowing what is going the be the best to use, or to take with you on an adventure.

I’ve learnt through years of trial and error and often getting it very wrong, just how important having the correct kit is for the success of an expedition. Below are my most used bits of kit that I wouldn’t be without on an adventure.

Paddling hardware

  • Stand Up Paddleboard – Starboard Pine Tek 11’6″ x 29″ touring board. Sustainable surf accredited, made with bio-resin
  • Paddle – Starboard Arma Carbon adjustable paddle, small blade
  • Leash – Starboard coiled leash

Paddling clothing

  • Trousers – Palm Equipment Atom dry trousers, or Neoflex leggings
  • Jacket – Palm Equipment Vantage waterproof and windproof jacket
  • Boots – Palm Equipment Force boots
  • Baselayers – Palm Equipment Arun top, or Finisterre Merino layers
  • Backpack and hydration system Patagonia Nine Trails backpack with Palm Equipment hydration bladder
  • Drybags – Finisterre waterproof duffel bags for holding everything in, Finisterre roll-top dry bags and Palm Equipment ultra lite roll-top dry bags within these.

Safety Equipment

  • For more information, check out my blog on SUP safety
  • Personal Flotation Device – Palm Equipment Glide PFD
  • Throwrope – Palm Equipment Lightning 18m rope
  • KnifeLeatherman and Opinel folding knife
  • Inshore flares
  • Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)
  • VHF Radio
  • Waterproof case for mobile phone
  • Navigation and tracking Garmin InReach Explorer+

Camping and on land

Food and cooking

  • Stove and gas
  • Cooking pot Primus Litech Trek kettle
  • Water bottles – selection of sizes from Klean Kanteen
  • Food containers – Insulated and non-insulated from Klean Kanteen
  • Flask – Insulated bottle from Klean Kanteen
  • UV water filter – SteriPen, with reusable batteries
  • Food – see my blog about adventuring with less plastic


  • Maps – mixture of Ordnance Survey Active Maps and online subscription
  • Battery pack – for charging electricals
  • Gopro and spare batteries
  • Panasonic GH4 and spare batteries
  • Navionics App for tides