There are few thrills greater than heading out on some inflatable kayaks for the day. Whether you are traversing a meandering river or doing a spot of fishing on a huge lake, there is just something about moving the oars through the water that is mesmerizing. While we are fairly positive that you already have a rough idea of what you should be packing into your daypacks for your trip out onto the water, we thought we would give you a reminder of some of the ‘essentials’. The ones that will make your trip a whole lot more fun…and may potentially save your life!
Puncture repair kit
You will be surprised at how many people will forget to put a puncture repair kit into their day sack. You are on an inflatable kayak. If it pops, that is the end of your trip. Sure, it isn’t going to be easy to pop a quality inflatable, but it is still worth having a repair kit in tow. They weight next-to-nothing. Although, you should always make sure that you purchase one specific for kayaks. Bicycle puncture repair kits won’t do here. They are not that waterproof, and they certainly aren’t that tough. Here’s a guide on how to properly fix a plastic kayak.
First aid kit
This is something that we are fairly positive that you would pack anyway. You don’t need to pack a huge first aid kit. Make sure you have some bandages, scissors, needles, and some band-aids. Some people will bring along some painkillers too. You may need to adjust what is in your first aid kit based upon the adventures that you plan on tackling.
Dry bags and dry boxes
Things get wet when you are kayaking. There are some things that shouldn’t get wet. You are (hopefully) going to be bringing your phone with you. The last thing you want is that phone to be sent hurtling to the bottom of the lake or river if you capsize. Even if you can retrieve the phone, there is no guarantee that it will still work. Dry bags and dry boxes will prevent this. Many of them are designed to float too, which means that you can spend your time fishing for fish instead of your expensive electronics.
Food & Water
This applies even if you are kayaking on fresh water. You will need to drink. Bringing your own water ensures that it is clean. If you can’t do that, then you will want to bring your own iodine tablets or a water purifier. This will help to ensure that whatever you drink is safe (you can also boil it, but this means bringing along some extra equipment)
Food can be whatever you wish. It is there to keep your energy up, though. This means no ‘junk food’. Energy bars will work wonders here.
You will want to bring this even if it is cold out. You are on a river or lake. There is unlikely to be any protection from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Put some sunscreen on to ensure that your skin is properly protected. Make sure that you have sunscreen on every exposed part of your body.
On top of this, bring whatever else you feel is needed for your specific trip. This may include fishing equipment, or maybe a small tent if you want to take a quick break on your adventure.