Kayaking is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. It is exciting, it keeps you active, and it allows you to get into areas that most boats cannot venture into. The only way it is made more enjoyable is if you make sure you have the right equipment along with you before you climb on board. To do this, you need to think about not only the safety gear that you need, but the extras that will make your trip more special. This is often hard to do because kayaks are not very large. They are narrow and on average only 15-25ft in length.
Due to their size, safety is always a high priority. When choosing a life vest, you should try out several options. The key is to purchase a vest that is adjustable and does not leave you feeling weighed down. When paddling, your shoulders will need to be able to rotate freely, therefore many people prefer larger arm holes.
Gloves are also something that a kayaker loves. The best kind of glove is one that has a thicker padding on the palm to prevent blisters and one that allows you fingers to grip comfortably. The gloves will also protect your skin from water, which is great during the cooler weather months.
When it is time to choose the right kayaking equipment for your next adventure, you may also want to have clothing that is right for the temperature you will be kayaking in. This means wearing whatever makes you most comfortable. In the winter, you may also want to wear a shirt that is water resistant, like a wetsuit, as long as you are comfortable in it.
Cameras and binoculars are also great on a kayaking adventure. You will not know what you are likely to see until you are viewing it and no one wants to be left talking about that beautiful eagle they saw or that bear that was sipping water on the river bank, without proof of what they saw.
If you have an inflatable kayak, you will also want to carry along a repair kit and an air pump for times when something goes wrong. In either type of kayak, you will want to carry along snacks or water so that if you get hungry or thirsty you have options. You should also take along anything else you feel is important, especially if you are planning to travel down a very long river.