Extra paddle, bilge pump, sling, dry bags, maps, water, food, sponge, hat, eyeglass strap, whistle, foot protections, bug spray, sunscreen, first aid kit and location of equipment.
This is a grab bag list of other niceties, some important - some less so. Let's look at each one individually:
- Extra Paddle - On creeking trips, I highly recomnmend a breakdown paddle. The four part variety can fit in any kayak - even play boats.
- Bilge Pump - If you are paddling in a coastal environment and have fore and aft flotation, a bildge pump is a very wise precaution
- Sling - These days. I prefer a rescue vest along with a guide belt.
- Dry Bags - Come in very handy for carrying lunch and other insundries.
- Maps - May be quite vital on long coastal trips.
- Water - Always essential.
- Food - Always essential as well. On day trips, I go the Clif Bar route.
- Sponge - Nice to have but not really essential, especially on river trips.
- Hat - My helmet suffices as a substitute.
- Eyeglass Strap - I prefer contact lenses. If you wear glasses, use Croakies.
- Whistle - A very essential safety item.
- Foot Protections - Wear proper footwear, don't paddle barefoot.
- Bug Spray - Comes in handy on extended trips up North or in some coastal environments.
- Sunscreen - Quite valuable year round.
- First Aid Kit - Vital piece of group safety gear.
Packing a kayak takes some thought. Make certain you secure your gear, prepare for a swim. Don't use excess cord though as that may snag a limb should you come out of your boat. I also inflate my floatation to help ensure the load doesn't shift. Regarding dry bags, I prefer Pelican Boxes as they provide crush protection and really are dry (the nick name for dry bags is damp bags).