What to Bring Kayaking: Your Ultimate Trip Checklist

Gliding across the water on your kayak, taking in the sounds of nature, feeling the smooth motion of your paddle and seeing the sky reflected in the water — there’s nothing like a kayaking trip to relax and enjoy the outdoors. 

To make the most of your trip, you want to be sure that you don’t forget any crucial items that could take the fun out of your experience. To make sure you’re prepared, follow our handy kayak checklist.

Top Six Items People Forget on Kayaking Trips

Before you head out on your trip, think through what you need to take and check your kayak gear list. When you’re prepared for anything, you’ll make sure your kayaking trip goes smoothly, and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy yourself.

1. Extra Supplies

When it comes to packing supplies, it’s always better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. Be ready for unforeseen circumstances and bring along equipment you might need, like an extra paddle, so you know you’re covered.

2. Map

Pretty much everyone relies on GPS systems and phone navigation to find their way around, but it’s still a good idea to bring along an old-fashioned paper map in case you lose reception. Make sure your map is in a waterproof bag or has water-resistant lamination.

3. Pump

If your kayak starts taking on too much water, you’ll be glad you have a bilge pump around to save the day. Keep yourself safe and have a pump or sponge on hand to get water out of your boat if it springs a leak or floods for one reason or another.

4. Water Filter

If you end up out in the middle of nature without a reliable water source, a water filter will ensure you can stay well-hydrated without risking your health. Get clean, safe water from any freshwater source with a trusted filter.

5. Waterproof Bag

Things tend to get wet when you’re kayaking, so you need a way to protect your belongings. Make sure you have a sealable bag made of rubber or another waterproof material to protect items like your phone, camera, map or compass. 

6. First Aid Kit

When you’re out on an adventure in nature, make sure you can take care of yourself and any travel partners. Bring along a first aid kit with basic pain medicines, bandages, alcohol swabs and antibacterial ointment so you can help ensure everyone stays safe and has fun.

Start Your Trip With the EZ Launch® Residential

Once you have your kayak checklist in order, you can make starting your kayaking trip even easier with the EZ Launch® Residential. With our user-friendly, flexible launch, you can get into your kayak quickly and easily and go on your next adventure.

To learn more about how the EZ Launch® Residential can help you get off to a great start for your next kayaking trip, contact us today for a quote.