Prepare your kayak trip – The basics

While kayaking has quickly become a popular choice for water and recreational activities, it is by far one of the oldest modes of transportation. People have traveled by kayak for centuries, mainly because it was once the only form of transportation by water. But over time it evolved from a necessity to a recreational sport, leading to the development of kayaking equipment and accessories. If you are planning to go on a kayaking adventure for the first time, you might not be sure what you will need. Here are some tips for finding the best kayaking equipment.

Obviously, you will need a kayak. If you go through a kayak tour company, chances are you’ll have the option of renting a kayak as part of your package price. But if you are going on your own or with friends and family, you will need your own kayak. Kayaks come in different sizes and you need to determine how many people will be traveling with you. Even if you plan on kayaking on your own, consider purchasing one with two or more seats. This way you will have room for others on your next trips and you can still distribute the weight by using heavier objects as leverage if you want to paddle alone. Speaking of paddles, you’ll need them too. Choosing a paddle takes time and there are factors to consider when looking for paddles. First, make sure the paddle matches the type of paddle you have in mind. For example, if you plan on paddling in white water, you will need a paddle with a stronger and thicker blade. You should also make sure that the paddle matches your body strength and height, as well as the height and width of your kayak.

Préparer votre voyage en kayak - Les bases

If you have a smaller frame, pay attention to the diameter of the shaft

If you have a smaller frame, pay attention to the diameter of the shaft. Often too large a diameter can cause injury to a small person’s wrist or shoulder. You should visit an in-person kayak outfitter for paddles and seek help measuring your body type correctly for a paddle.

Although often overlooked, kayaking clothing is essential to the safety of your kayaking trip. Unexpected events easily happen even in the calmest waters. You never know when your kayak may tip over or when you will be encountered by a random splash of water. Therefore, it is important that you look for quick-drying clothing when getting your kayaking gear. Make sure you find loose shorts, tops and jackets. Synthetic material is often recommended for kayaking. Avoid wearing cotton clothes and consider wearing a swimsuit under your clothes. The cotton stays wet and you might be very uncomfortable for the rest of your trip. If you plan on kayaking during the winter month, you may want to purchase a synthetic kayak suit to wear over your clothes. This will keep you dry and prevent hypothermia.

Remember to include the basics, such as life jackets, helmets, and first aid kits

Remember to include the basics, such as life jackets, helmets, and first aid kits. Safety should always be your top priority on your kayaking trip and you never know when these items will come in handy.

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