To successfully hike this trail and also have fun in the process, you'll need the right gear. Without it, you could end up miserable or even in trouble.
While many prefer to own their gear outright, there are options to rent gear on site. Here are the main ones:
Rental & More: Kayak Kaua'i
These guys not only organize kayak and hiking tours, they also provide all kinds of rental gear, including tents, backpacks, sleeping bags + pads, stoves, and hiking poles. They can also supply you with food and fuel for your stove and even store your luggage and car. They are located in Kapa'a.
Contact info: www.kayakkauai.com, 888-596-3853, 808-826-9844
My Favorite Gear
Here are some of the gear items I really like which have made life on the trail and in camp easier and more enjoyable:
Sea to Summit Spark ultralight "liner"
Technically this is a "liner", but it's really a sleeping bag for warmer temperatures. Packs super small and is super light. Great for cooler nights where the traditional bag liners reach their limits.
Garmin InReach Mini 2
This is simply THE go-to satellite communication and navigation device. I would not go without it. The second iteration of this unit has a lot of improvements including incredible battery life.
TOAKS titanium 550 ml pot
Lighter than aluminum and comes with a lid which is great for keeping stuff falling from trees out of your water. Comes in a nice net for storage. Fits the MSR Pocket Rocket stove.
Anker 20,000mAh portable charger
I've run out of power for my electronics before with a 10,000 mAh battery. That won't happen again thanks to this powerful battery pack which keeps everything powered!
Love and Magic in Neverland
Michael Devloo's novel about escaping to Kalalau. "Young Mano breaks away from society to live in harmony with nature on a remote imperfect beach paradise he calls Neverland."
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