Slow Flow Packing List

Participants in Slow Flow, will need to bring the following items:

  • Sleeping bag(good/warm)
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Drink Container
  • Food is provided but you should bring any extra snacks that you would like to have along on the trip:
  • Dried fruits/nuts/biscuits/snacks/sweets.
  • Small bottle of antiseptic or iodine
  • Sun lotion
  • Insect repellent
  • Towel
  • Torch
  • Anti diahorrea pills
  • Plate cup & cutlery


  • Bandage
  • Swim suit
  • 3 tee shirts
  • 3 prs shorts
  • 2 thick socks
  • Warm jersey or fleece
  • Sandshoes (shoes that can get soaking wet and also have grip - hiking sandals are good - crocs ok on the river but slippy on mud banks)
  • Underwear
  • Long trousers
  • Raincoat
  • Sunhat
  • kayak tops/wetsuits
  • polyprop longjohns

Though it is not that cold during the summer, you will get wet, either from the river or the rain. Please bring clothes that can be worn wet, wool, polyprop or wetsuits are good.


Please bring everything you need for your project, including your own power sources and batteries. We will have take a pair of deep cycle 6V batteries with us to make a 12V supply and an inverter if needed.

Please let us know if you have any special requirements for your projects

There is no wifi broadand or mobile phone access at any point in the journey. We are looking into some network access so if it is essential for your project do let us know.


We will supply one waterproof 30L drybag or drum for each person. All personal items that you bring, including sleeping bag, clothes and project materials will need to fit into it. The dimensions are approximately 300mm diameter x 550mm height. Food and other expedition supplies will be packed separately

While the drums are watertight and have a rubber seal, they are not full-proof and have been known to get wet. We recommend placing items inside drybags, which we can provide. As a final precaution, electronics and other sensitive equipment should be placed in watertight cases such as pelican cases. We suggest that you only bring things that you don't mind getting wet!

We will pack the bags and drums in Wanganui before heading up the river and other any other luggage can be left there for the duration of the trip and picked up at the end.

Please separate gear before you arrive into: 1. Things we will take on the river section 2. Things to be delivered up to Jerusalem 3. Things to store in Wanganui for collection at the trip end.

Remember that you will have to carry all the above gear on your waka and up to the places where we will be staying each night. Please just bring what is essential and ask advice if you are in doubt. If you are travelling from abroad and need help sourcing things in NZ, or have any other queries do let us know./p>