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What to pack for a kayaking day trip?

You probably want to stay safe and comfortable when paddling. Here is a list by Piotr, Outdoor Explore's founder what to take on a day trip touring kayaking, canoeing, sea kayaking, SUP or white water kayaking.

The day trips are the most popular ones I do, for work; coaching and guiding and for pleasure with my friends and family. There are some elements of my 'handy kit' I take with me on these journeys.

You can watch the short film about it, recorded at the Kayak Station in Blairgowrie:

Here is the list of the kit shown in the clip;

In my buoyancy aid, you will find:

  • river knife

  • sling with the carabiner

  • whistle

  • phone (in a dry bag) and radio (sea kayaking only)

  • pogies

In my dry bag, you will find:

  • first aid kit, including personal medications

  • suncream

  • head torch and spare batteries

  • strong tape (for fixings tuff)

  • snack

  • anti-bacterial gel

  • waterproof jacket

Additionally, I will carry:

  • spare paddle

  • water bottle

  • throwline

  • pump and paddle float (both for sea kayaking or very large lochs)

If you like reading, here is a pdf document with more information on kit to carry, for personal use and as a guide/coach:

Outdoor Explore - Kayak safety kitpdf

If you would like to know more about the subject or have some question, please ask, I am more than happy to help;


Happy paddling folks!


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