More people are kayaking than ever before, but this popular water sport is more than putting paddle to water. In fact, there are tons of DIY tricks and tips the experts use to make their kayaks smarter, safer and more comfortable. Now, thanks to the advice of our Outdoor Discovery Programs paddling pros, we’re passing that insider info on to you. We hope they make your days on the water as relaxing and rewarding as can be.
Before we launch: be sure to always wear a PFD when on the water (safety first!) and check with your state to see if kayak registration is required. All set? Let’s dive in!
You don’t always have to haul a hefty cooler around to keep food and drinks cold while kayaking. If you’re paddling in a place where the water is cold, storing food at the bottom of your kayak (in a watertight dry bag or container) will work just as well. The chill from the water will keep your lunchtime treats fresh and your stomach happy when it’s time to chow down.
Most people know to protect themselves from sunlight shining down on them, but when you’re on the water, it’s equally as important to protect yourself from sunlight being reflected up. A combination of protective clothing and sunscreen applied to areas you may not normally think about, such as the backs of your arms, underneath your nose and chin, and even the inside of your ears, is the best way to make sure you don’t get burned.