Boats, Paddles, & Spray Skirts
Tent - We use MSR's Hubba Hubba NX 2 Person tent. It's heavier than a few other two person tents (Copper Spur, Nemo), but it's larger sleeping space and vestibule space makes up for the extra 7 oz pack weight. This tent is super reliable and sturdy. MSR is a great company with fabulous customer service. Instead of a footprint we use a piece of Tyvek.
Sleeping Pad & Pillows- Getting enough sleep is very important. We both carry Thermarest XLite Neo Air as well as Universal Couple Kit by Thermarest. We don't carry pillows, but instead stuff clothes into our sleeping bag stuff sacks.
Sleeping Clothes- We both have leggings for sleeping in. Cope sleeps in Under Armor 4.0 Leggings and Shirt. Trailbride sleeps in Under Armor Cold Gear Leggings and a Patagonia Cap 1 Long Sleeve Shirt.
Cooking & Cleaning
Water Purification & Storage- When weight is not an issue, or water sources are sketchy, we will use a Katadyn water filter. When we are trying to save weight, we will either use Aquamira water treatment drops or the Sawyer Squeeze. We carry MSR 10 L Dromedaries when fresh water is hard to come by.
There are many places that require a Wag Bag when paddling in the backcountry. Using a wag bag is very important to help keep places wild. We will also carry a thick garbage bag to put our individual wag bags into to help keep the smell down.
Have to pee while paddling and no landing in sight? This is a common issue when sea kayaking. Trailbride carries a Travel Urinal for Women to make it "easier" to pee into a plastic bottle. This requires Cope stabilizing the boat & Trailbride peeing into a bottle with the help of the "plastic penis". This is no easy feet (definitely not recommended in rough water) so some women choose to just pee in their wetsuits. These are not ideal options, so often Trailbride just holds it. But sometimes you gotta go.
Headlamp & Knives- Small Leatherman knife and lightweight headlamp.
Bottoms- We both wear 3mm neoprene pants as well as booties. Sometimes we will paddle in swimsuits & Chacos. It just depends on the weather. When we get to camp we change into our dry sleeping clothes.
Tops- Trailbride paddles in a multi-layered system. The base layer is a 2mm neoprene vest. On top of the vest is a lightweight synthetic or wool shirt, a rain jacket, and a PFD. Cope paddles in a rash guard shirt and a NRS PFD. Cope's PFD is a very simple PFD, offering very little options for pockets, but a great deal of range of motion for his arms. PFD's are a personal preference. When we get to camp we change into dry clothes.
Headwear & Gloves- Cope wears a trucker cap and Trailbride wears a visor, and both carry beenies. We often paddle in 3mm neoprene gloves to keep the blisters at bay and our hands warm.
Phones & Music-iPhone 7s & iPhone 8, headphones, portable speaker
Lights-For solstice adventures we string up some waterproof, battery powered lights on the boats.