Centennial Canoe Outfitters Inc.

What to Bring on Your Trip to the San Juan Islands

What You Should Bring

THINK SMALL: On your tour, we'll be paddling totally self-contained, which means we carry all our own food and gear. As space is at a premium in the kayaks, please bring only the items listed on the clothing and equipment list.

Please bring clothing for both warm and cool weather. Generally, cotton and denim are not preferred because the fabric will not wick moisture and does not insulate if it becomes damp. 

For rainy/cool weather: Dress in layers. For your upper body, wear a synthetic top such as poly pro or Capilene next to your skin. Layer with a wool shirt or synthetic top (for warmth) then add wind or rain gear. Wear loose fitting pants you can roll up at the ankles so you don't get wet.

For sunny weather: Protect yourself from the sun. Wear a lightweight long or short-sleeved shirt and shorts. Wear a billed hat for sun protection. Again, make sure you wear shoes/sandals that are ok to get wet!

a. What We Provide:

  • Sea kayaks/paddles/lifejackets
  • 1 tent (either a two-person tent 5.5' x 7' or a single-person tent 81" x 34"), or you can bring your own
  • Dry bags (2) for your gear: size 9.5” x 20” (for clothing) & 7.5” x 13” (for personal items)
  • All campsites have pit-toilets
  • Meals with cooking and eating equipment
  • Rescue equipment, first aid kit, cell phones, and VHF radios
  • Complimentary wine with dinner
  • Drinking water

b. What You Should Bring, Personal Clothing:

  • Teva-type sandals, Chacos, Crocs or tennis shoes that can get wet (for paddling)
  • Camp footwear (sneakers or light-weight boots)
  • 2 pairs of socks (wool or synthetic)
  • Wool hat
  • Sun hat preferably with chin strap
  • Bandana
  • Synthetic puffy or fleece jacket, or a vest for warmth
  • Shorts
  • Lightweight pants
  • 1-2 Tshirts
  • 1-2 Long-sleeved shirt for sun protection
  • Synthetic underwear for cooler paddling weather
  • Good waterproof rain gear top and bottom (not a nylon windbreaker type)
  • Comfy clothes for camp

Sleeping Gear and Tents:

  • Sleeping bag should be lightweight and easily compressed. Packed size no larger than 11” x 17”. Rentals available.
  • Sleeping pad (Thermarest or closed cell foam). Rentals available.
  • Notify Centennial Canoe at least 14 days prior to your trip if you’d like to rent a sleeping bag ($15/trip) and/or mattress pad ($15/trip).
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack lined inside with a plastic garbage bag

c. Miscellaneous Items:

  • Sunglasses with strap
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Refillable personal waterbottle
  • Personal toiletries including bio-degradable soap (like Dr. Bronner’s)
  • Washcloth or wet wipes and small hand towel (6” x 18”)
  • Flashlight
  • Personal medications
  • Sense of humor and adventure!

d. Optional Gear:

  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Bird book
  • Wool or neoprene gloves for warmth
  • Bicycle gloves or some other gloves to avoid blisters
  • Pocketknife (remember, knives cannot travel on your person on the airplane)
  • Journal and pencil
  • Zip-lock bags
  • Personal reading material
  • Urine bottle to relieve yourself inside your tent in the middle of the night
  • Insect repellent

As your comfort is very important to us, you are welcome to bring any other items that you feel are essential, but not the kitchen sink!  Keep in mind that what you bring must be transported in your sea kayak with group food and equipment. You will be required to carry your personal gear to your tent site.  Helping to carry company equipment is optional but appreciated by your guides.

You’re welcome to bring your own tent. However, either a two-person tent (5.5’ x 7’) or a single-person tent (81” x 34”) comes with the cost of your trip and will be given to you at the put-in depending on your needs. 

Any luggage that you do not want to bring on the kayak trip may be securely stored at the outfitter’s offices at no charge.  If you will be returning to your same hotel after the conclusion of your trip, they may also be willing to store it for you.