Chowilla Equipment

The type and amount of equipment required depends on the activity being planned, when it will take place, where the activity will take place and how long the trip is planned to take. When canoeing or kayaking, there are a number of basic items which will need to be remembered no matter how long the trip is to be. All equipment used on a trip should be suitable for the participant using it, and should also meet any safety regulations required.


  • Open Canoe
  • Touring kayak
  • Type 2 or Type 3 Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  • Appropriate style of paddle
  • Spare paddle
  • Spray deck
  • Towline
  • Whistle
  • Appropriate footwear such as wet suit boots or light running shoes
  • Safety knife
  • Spare air bags
  • Map
  • Compass
  • Water containers (need at least 2 litres drinking water per day)
Clothing recommended for canoeing.

  • Shorts
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Footwear
  • Thermals
  • Woollen jumper
  • Spray jacket
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Hat
  • Warm Hat (beanie) (optional)
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Spare jumper
  • Long pants (optional)
  • Towel
Clothing recommended for kayaking.


    • Individual first aid kit
    • Group first aid kit
    • Sunscreen 15+ SPF
    • Personal medication
    • Mobile phone
    • Radio (optional)
    • Paper and pencil
    • Insect repellent



  • Tent
  • Sleeping mat
  • Sleeping bag
  • Stove
  • Cooking utensils
  • Bowl/plate/mug
  • Knife/fork/spoon
  • Matches or lighter
  • Toilet paper
  • Trowel

Personal Equipment

  • Torch
  • Batteries
  • Toiletries
  • Camera
  • Book
  • Games


When paddling, all equipment needs to be waterproofed. There are a range of containers and dry bags available which are designed to keep equipment dry. However, it is just as easy to waterproof equipment using plastic bags.

This method is simple and effective. Put the items into a plastic bag such as a garbage bag, squeeze out the air and twist the end, then tie it with a rubber band. Put this in a second plastic bag and tie the end as before. For extra protection it also helps to put this into a cloth bag to prevent tearing. Try to cover pointy edges which could tear the plastic and ensure there are no sharp objects in the boat.


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Material for this section was obtained from Expedition Skills guide published by the Duke of Edinburgh Award in Australia.