Unexpected Adventure Packing List

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It’s no secret that I love spending time with my husband now that all of our children are grown. We’re happy empty nesters! One thing my husband loves that I haven’t been so keen on is kayaking. He loves to be out on the water zipping around rocks and rapids while I’m normally much more content on the shore with a book. This week I finally gave in and came over to the dark side. I agreed to do something very unexpected. Me the shore side observer has found a new love of kayaking.  My husband expected me to sit back and watch, but I gave him an unexpected surprise. I am a full fledged kayak enthusiast ready to show off my unexpected side!  

Unexpected Adventure Packing List. Be ready for those last minute trips!

Of course as I would for any adventure, unexpected or otherwise, I packed! I’m a textbook over-packer. You just never know what you might need! I decided it would be fun to share my packing list for an unexpected adventure on the water. In my opinion you can never be too prepared so if it looks like I might need it, it’s a necessity in my book!

Packing for an Unexpected Adventure:

 Unexpected Adventure Packing List


Any time I’m going to be out in the sun adventuring I pack extra water. You have to stay hydrated if  you want to keep up with the experienced paddlers. Not to mention being out in the open, baking in the sun, really takes it out of you. Bottled water keeps me hydrated and happy while I’m surrounded by water that I can’t drink all day long!


Sun protection is no joke. It’s a big deal for me so I ALWAYS make sure to apply sunscreen before any adventure begins and I pack some so I can reapply throughout the day. Kayaking is actually a pretty good workout which means I work up a sweat…Bye bye sunscreen. Packing sunscreen to take along means I’m always prepared and I avoid any pain and annoyance later!

Bug Spray

It’s a really nice bonus if my sunscreen and bug spray can be a combo but if not, I throw a bottle of bug spray in my pack for the day as well! I hate having gnats crawling on me or buzzing around my face when I’m trying to concentrate (newbie here, gotta pay attention). The river is full of bugs this time of year so bug repellent is a must have when packing for this unexpected adventure!


There’s nothing that makes me or my husband quite as cranky as being hungry! Kayaking is hard work and being out on the water all day can leave us both hungry and out of energy. After spending an entire day out enjoying nature I want to have some wholesome snacks that are delicious but still nutritious as well. That’s where Brookside comes in; BROOKSIDE Yogurt Flavored Fruit & Nut Bars are the perfect combination of satisfying and delicious. They keep us feeling full and satisfied because of all the nutrition packed into each bite. Bonus points…they’re scrumptious!

Unexpected adventure Brookside fruit & Nut Bar

BROOKSIDE Yogurt Flavored Fruit & Nut Bars are new and delicious! They’re made with great ingredients like almonds and yogurt along with fruits, nuts, and whole grains. They’re just the right amount of sweet combined with ingredients that I know are nutritious and healthy! They have a bunch of new flavors to suit every kind of “snacker”! The new combos are Cranberry Blueberry with Citrus, Vanilla Fig, and Mango Pineapple. They’re all pretty tasty. Right now Brookside Dark Chocolate Flavored Fruit & Nut Bars  are at the top of my list, but it’s too hard to pick just one favorite.  I’d recommend trying them all.  You can never have too much of a good thing! 

Safety Equipment

Another area that you just can’t skimp on (see how I rationalize over packing so well) is safety equipment! You have to have the essentials and maybe a backup as well! When kayaking in PA we have to have a life vest and a whistle on board and for me that means on my person! Wearing a life vest and whistle not only helps keep you visible, it also helps keep you safe. If you flip your boat the life-vest will keep you from being pulled under the water and you whistle will help you signal for help. These are two very important things especially for new boaters!

Waterproof Case for my Electronics

I believe that having a phone in a waterproof case is a must have for kayaking and other water sports. You never know when you  might have to change your plans or call for help. Keeping electronics safe yet accessible is an important aspect of any unexpected adventure for me! I like to keep my phone in a drybox or in a waterproof case so that I can use it while I float and make a call if necessary. It’s never a bad idea to keep a spare battery pack in the drybox as well, if you get stranded it can help you recharge so you can get help!

Reading Materials

I like to pack a magazine or a book to read in case we hit large stretches of open water where we can just float and relax. It’s nice to have a little breeze on my face while I catch up on the latest celeb news or read a bit of my favorite new novel! This might be the over-packer in me talking but you just don’t know when you’ll have some free time and need a distraction!

It’s a great idea to keep all of your unexpected adventure supplies handy just in case. You never know what adventures lie ahead.

Gluten Free Snacks on Kayak Trip

What kinds of things do YOU like to pack for an unexpected adventure?!?

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Michele is a married mom of 3 adult children. She is currently enjoying spending time with her husband in the empty nest. Michele can be found working on a healthy lifestyle, camping or having some frugal fun. Not necessarily in that order!

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  • Reply
    Amber Edwards
    August 22, 2016 at 12:00 am

    That is always what we pack when we go for an outdoor adventure. you can’t forget the yummy snacks! Those bars look amazing!

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    valmg @ Mom Knows It All
    August 22, 2016 at 11:29 am

    I’ve never packed for an unexpected adventure, only expected ones LOL. But snacks are a must no matter where we’re driving to.

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    Allie D.
    August 22, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    We have a family go bag in our cars packed and ready for unexpected adventures. I really need to get waterproof cases for our electronics, but we usually just leave it in the trunk of our cars. We usually have everything you listed packed plus extra sets of clothes for the hubby, kiddo, and myself.

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    August 22, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    You know, we have a packet in the car for emergencies but not for unexpected fun! Great idea – going to work on our own!

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    Vera Sweeney
    August 22, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Congrats on trying somethign new!! I am so not an outdoors person at all!! I love what you packed great way to be prepared

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