Since we organize trips which involve various water bodies, we are often flooded with questions as to what should one wear, carry, eat so on and so forth. Here is a list of 10 things which is a MUST when you are out for a kayaking or canoeing trip.
1. Personal Flotation Device (PDF): Also known as a lifejacket is one of the MOST essential equipment to carry. Even the most professional kayaker and canoeist carry one with them just in case there is an emergency situation and the shore is far from sight (let’s hope that is not the case). As they say, prevention is better than cure.
2. Helmet or a Hat: For those venturing out to the white-water’s an approved helmet will be required while for the rest of the paddlers a hat with a brim is advised – to protect oneself from the harsh rays of the sun.
3. Paddling Whistle: Sometimes trouble can arise in the water and no one will be able to hear you yell. Hence, it’s important to carry a whistle which are inexpensive and can be hooked onto your PDF.
4. Footwear: Closed toe-footwear according to the weather must be worn. There might be times when you will need to walk – you do not want to land up with an injury due to improper footwear. That will be an epic waste of a trip.
5. Food and Water: The combined effect of the sun and the wind is very dehydrating. You better make sure you are hydrated at all times. One should carry a snack as well, for paddlers are bound to get lightheaded due to exhaustion and dehydration.
6.Sun Protection Gear: Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses should be worn at all times. You have no idea the damaging effects the sun can have on your skin.
7. First Aid Kit: This is a no brainer. No matter where you go, what you do whilst on a trip, a First Aid Kit is required. You can make your own or buy one from the nearest medical store.
8. Dry Bag: A dry bag to a paddler is what a backpack is to a backpacker – you cannot leave without it. The dry bag will consists of your first aid kit, food, water to name just a few.
9. Knife: Paddling knives are designed to be clipped on to your PDF. You never know when or where you will need it.
10. Rope Throw Bag: A rescue device used to throw at someone overboard with intent to pull them in or to tow another canoe or kayak.
There you go! 10 handy tips for you whilst you’re out paddling. Now don’t forget to check out some of the greatest paddling trips we have arranged for you here right here at Curious Kat’s Adventure Club (hyperlink to the website).