Touring Kayakers Checklist

Wind, air temperature, currents and tides are constantly changing, being prepared for these changing weather conditions will enable you to continue your paddling expedition and return home safely with good memories. Following is a checklist that will help you prepare for a safe and enjoyable kayaking experience.

Basic Gear

  1. Kayak
  2. Paddle
  3. Skirt
  4. Personal Flotation Device (aka Life Jacket)

Proper Clothing: Dress in quick dry, synthetic layers appropriate for the weather. Cotton kills when wet and cold.

Layer 1 - Performance Base layer

  • Thin polypro top - (aka long underwear)
  • Thin polypro bottom

Layer 2 - Insulating Mid layer

  • Fleece Top
  • Fleece Bottom

Layer 3 - Wind Block/Splash Proof Outer layer

  • Drytop, splash top, gore tex jacket
  • Pants, shorts


  • Feet: Closed toe sandals, booties, watershoes, socks
  • Head: Hat, visor
  • Hands: Neoprene gloves


  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock

Safety Essentials - Put non-water resistant items in a small dry bag.

  • Water
  • Energy bar
  • Extra Clothes
  • First Aid
  • Knife
  • Matches/Lighter/Fire Starter
  • Whistle
  • Cell Phone
  • Headlamp/Flashlight
  • Navigation Chart/Map
  • Compass
  • Bilge pump
  • Paddlefloat
  • Tow line
  • Remember
  • Don’t paddle alone
  • Tell someone where you are going
  • Check the weather, tides, water temperature
  • Research the destination before