I canoe and kayak (in a sit-on-top) frequently on a river near me.  I'll do up to class 3 with my pup, and am comfortable at night since I know where I need to be to avoid the rapids sections.  But I'm planning my first multiday paddling trip on the headwaters of the river in my city.  I'm in Richmond VA, and am talking about the James River.  

I'm not sure yet if I'll be canoeing or kayaking--possibly both if I recruit enough friends and we'll take turns.  Does anybody have some awesome paddling hacks that make a trip easier?  This trip will be about 4-5 days.

Thanks for your ideas!