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My wife and I are going to St. Joseph's Peninsula sometime this summer/early fall. It's a barrier island wildlife preserve--seven miles long with access limited to keep human impact to a minimum. It's wild dunes with scrub, etc., Gulf on one side, bay on the other; no camping on the beach itself; carry everything in and out. No freshwater. We will be going for at least two nights, three if the heat and bugs don't drive us out.
Campsites are 2-6 miles from the trailhead. We can hike, but we will probably rent a kayak, primarily because of the weight of extra water.
I plan to take a three season tent, stove and food, tarp, trekking poles (to guy out the tarp), two Thermarests, light/mid-weight sleeping bag, sheet/light blanket, light clothing, camp stove and food, snorkel and fins and dive flag, fishing rod and small tackle box, and the following:
WATER -- I am planning on 2 gallons per day, plus two gallons extra ("just in case"), for a total of 8 gallons (approximately 65 lbs).
FIRST AID -- Standard fare, plus plenty of sunscreen, vinegar (for jellyfish), handwarmer, extra benadryl, insect repellant and Thermacell. Anything else particularly important to take?
Any other important things to consider or bring with us?
Any tips for setting up camp and enjoying the dunes and surf?
Any hazards we need to consider?
This environment is totally foreign to the mountains and forests I am used to, so any and all input is appreciated.