Kayaking can be a pretty minimalist sport as far as gear is concerned. If you have your own boat or you’re renting, I’m assuming you already have a life vest, spray skirt, and a paddle. This list has five additional items that will improve your paddle.
- Waterproof Sandals are a must. You need to be able to go from land to water easily for launching your boat. Graveling parking lots and slippery launch ramps make protective, non-slip soles a necessity.
- Sunglasses come in handy, even when the sky appears overcast. The bright, beautiful outdoors can fatigue your eyes quickly.
- A Water Bottle, full of course, will keep you hydrated and happy throughout your paddle. I bungee mine to the top of my boat right in front of me for easy sipping.
- A Camera or phone with a waterproof case is an awesome tool to document your trip as well as give a little peace of mind. If you don’t have a waterproof case, a sealed plastic baggie will work if you’re careful, as will a small airtight case available at most stores that sell tackle. Do exercise caution when snapping photos!
- A Weather Radio will help you most before your paddle, but if you’re going on a long one, it is a good idea to bring it with you, as the weather can change rapidly. If you don’t have one, check the National Weather Service