I find a useful aid to packing is to have a separate transportation bag for each hatch. That means I can organize everything by hatch before I leave home and don't need to think much when it comes to packing at the launch site.
I personally use 2 bags for the front hatch and 1 each for the day and back. I take the day and 1st front hatch bags for day trips and add on the 2nd front and rear hatch bags for camping trips. I always use the same gear so the only real variable is food and water. My bags get packed as soon as everything has been cleaned and dried after a trip so I'm ready to go at short notice. I also never have any trouble finding things because they're always in the same place.
Recreational Kayak Paddle
YakCatcher Rod Holder
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