Most of my gear next to the Epic18x. Here are the basic steps in packing into small spaces. Lay it all out…. Figure out how to organize it… Try to fit it all in the right places keeping in mind weight for balancing your kayak, what you will want every day, or every few hours….. Fail in your first several attempts. Edit out items and try again until you can cram it all in. Lastly, remember it will get lighter every day as you eat your way through most of it.