What do you need for a kayaking camping trip?
There are a few things you can do whilst camping. One of them is kayaking, which is a blast to do. So, what would you need to bring in order to go kayaking. “GoodCampingTents.com recommends that beginners start out with a traditional river kayak. The kayak that you start out in will depend on your height and weight, how many people will be in your kayak and the type of water you will be kayaking in.” (http://www.ehow.com/way_5382729_kayak-beginners.html#ixzz2XL21BvVK).
There are many things you should consider before you start renting or buying things. First, “consider whether you will be kayaking alone or with other people. GoodCampingTents.com recommends purchasing at least a two-person kayak. That way if you are going alone you can level out the weight with your equipment and if you want someone to go with you, you can easily accommodate that, too.”
Okay, so we talked about balancing the weight on a kayak. Then, it is time to talk about the kayak itself. It needs to be a wide one so you do not flip over.
Next, it is time to talk paddles. “You won’t get very far without paddles. Like a kayak, choosing paddles depends on a few factors. For beginners, GoodCampingTents.com recommends aluminum shaft paddles because they are lightweight, while Economy Tackle recommends the lightest weight paddles you can find when starting out. The size you need depends largely on your size.” So, if you are tall, you will need bigger paddles. If you are short, you are going to need smaller paddles.
Remember to be safe, though. You need to make sure that you are going to be safe. “In addition to the actual kayak and paddles, Economy Tackle says that the U.S. Coast Guard requires every kayaker to have a well-fitted floatation device or a life jacket, a whistle and a flashlight. You might also want to think about purchasing accessories such as a spray shirt, water shoes, a compass and dry bags for your gear.”
In another e-How page, an anonymous contributing writer shares, “Know how to pack the boat. Your goal with packing items is to get your kayak to be level in the water with you in it. The stern should have more weight. You want to center the weight from side to side as well. Heavy items like food and water should go as low as possible and in the center of the kayak.” (http://www.ehow.com/how_2146081_go-kayak-camping.html#ixzz2XLGpNLZJ).
On the same page, the writer notes that “Take basic camping supplies. Depending on the area where you kayak, the nights may get chilly. You need shelter, food, cooking equipment, clothing, personal care items and a sleeping bag. (http://www.ehow.com/how_2146081_go-kayak-camping.html#ixzz2XLHrxHTf).