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Kayak Equipment Checklist


Use our kayaking equipment checklist to make your next kayaking trip a success. This list will come in handy whether you're taking a short paddle on a local lake or planning for a mult-day adventure. 

 

ALL PADDLERS 
__Kayak 
__Paddle 
__PFD 
__Car Keys 
__Cap 
__Cash 
__Contact Phone Numbers 
__Drinking Water (Hydration Bag!) 
__Energy gel, snacks, etc… 
__First Aid Kit 
__Medications 
__Repair Kit (Duct tape & Multi-Tool at least) 
__Sunglasses and Retention 
__Sunscreen, Lip Balm 
__Synthetic clothing (NO COTTON) 
__Wallet/Pocketbook 
__Water shoes/ Neoprene boots 
__Weather Radio 
__Whistle 
OPEN WATER 
 (Defined as farther than you can swim to shore-roughly 100 
yards out) 
__Clothing for Immersion (Wetsuit, Dry Suit) 
__Compass-Hand Held 
__Emergency Blanket 
__Extra Dry Clothing 
__Flotation Bags in Kayaks without bulkheads 
__Nose Plugs (For Practicing Open Water skills) 
__Pump & Paddle Float for Solo Paddlers 
__Signal Kit (Mirror, Banner, Dyes, etc..) 
__Spare Paddle 

 

ADDITIONAL OPEN WATER
__Tide & Current Tables 
 __Towing system (Belt) 
__Waterproof Watch 
__White Light for Night Paddling 
__Deck Bag 
__GPS, Navigation Tools 
__Helmet (Wave Surfing) 
__Paddle Leash 
__ Sprayskirt 
__Sponge 
__Waterproof Notebook 
LONG DAY/MULTI DAY TRIP 
__Aeriel and Handheld Flares 
__Charts, Maps, Chart Case 
__Deck Compass 
__Float Plan 
__Marine Band Radio 
__Personal Locater System 
__Rescue Knife (On PFD) 
__Sea Anchor 
__Stirrup Sling 
__Strobe Light 
WINTER PADDLING 
__Fleece layers 
__Hot Decaf Liquids 
__Immersion Clothing 
__Lots of food 
__Neo Hoodie 
__Pogies/Neo Gloves 
__Wool/Fleece Hats