If you’re a kayaker, then you know the importance of packing your kayaking gear before going out on the water. There are many things to consider when deciding what to bring and how much space it will take up in your kayak. We have created this blog post as an overview for those who want some advice on what they should bring with them when kayaking.
You need to bring a paddle with you when kayaking. You can use it to propel yourself forward and also to steer your kayak by changing the angle of the blade in the water.
Paddle Types: The type of paddle you should bring varies depending on what kind of kayaker you are, whether that be recreational or competitive paddling. This is because different kayak types have different benefits – such as lightweight carbon fiber is great for long distance racing but not good for beginners who need something more durable like aluminum.
Lengths: Most people find their length will vary based on how tall they are and if they’re using one hand or two hands while kayaking. Generally speaking most experts recommend kayak between 230 centimeters (92 inches) – 290 centimeters.
And don’t forget to carry a spare paddle with you.
Life Jacket is something you should always have with you, especially on the water. Whether you are kayaking in calm waters or rapids it is important to be safe and know what can happen if you capsize.
- A life jacket will keep you afloat while also protecting from cold temperatures, hypothermia, and drowning when swimming for help
- If you’re not wearing a PFD (personal floatation device) then make sure to wear one of these before heading out onto any body of water
Don’t forget to bring a kayaking helmet for the person riding in the back. If you’re kayaking tandem make sure to bring one for each of you
- Keep it on your head while at all times and be mindful not to knock into any rocks or logs.
- The helmet should be made from a material that is both rugged and comfortable
- Try to find one with a visor or some type of protection on the face. You’ll want it to be able to block out harmful UV rays as well as water droplets, which can lead to eye irritation
Dry bag can be a life saver at times. It’s always a smart idea to bring one with you in case your kayak capsizes and all of the items inside are soaked –
- Stuff them into the dry bag including electronic devices. It doesn’t hurt to get creative when storing things like food or snacks too.
- Dry bags can also come in handy on very windy days where waves could splash over onto your kayak which would quickly lead to everything getting damp.
Don’t forget about Snacks. The perfect way to keep your energy level high during a long-day on the water is by bringing along some snacks.
The only thing you have to remember when packing food for kayaking trips, don’t put anything in glass containers or jars because they might break. Instead opt for something that will last like hard boiled eggs, trail mix, and nuts!
Snacks are essential because our bodies need fuel throughout an active day of kayaking. We can also end up eating more than usual so it’s good idea to bring healthy snacks as well as sweets (just save them until later).
Be sure not forget about water either! It’s important we stay hydrated while out on the water! Bring lots of bottles with purified drinking water.
Sunscreen and Sunglasses
Sunscreen and sunglasses can be really helpful when kayaking. If you are paddling out on the water during peak hours of sun, be sure to wear sunglasses so your eyes don’t get sore from all the glare and extra protection for skin! For sunscreen, it’s a good idea to bring one with SPF 50 because our time in the sun is long while we’re kayaking
Apply ample amount of sunscreen before you spend a lot of time out on the water. The sun can really do damage to our skin in such an innocent setting so it’s best if we take precautions!
Arthur G. Moore is a veteran paddler. He has over 10 years of whitewater kayaking experience in his kitty. When he was young, he used to love kayaking in rapid III and rapid IV but as time went on, he decided to concentrate mainly on covering long distances on a standard touring kayak. He is currently working as a senior editor for Kayak Manual.