26 - Basic Kayak Kit for every paddle



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What should you carry every time you go paddling?




What you carry on and in your kayak and on your person is something of a individual decision based on knowledge, skill, paddling location conditions, likely weather and whether you have paddling partners. So suggesting a set of standard equipment for every paddle is suspect from the start. Nonetheless I am providing a suggestion of things that should at least be considered for inclusion on every paddle. Other than a little more effort there is little reason to carry less or not carry more. So if there is something that you leave home or on the shore, you should at least have a thought as to why you don't need it that particular day. This is in addition to whatever you are wearing





Personal Flotation Device with whistle, flashlight, strobe, watch and compass

Sun hat

Sun Screen

Sun glasses

Water

Insect repellent - applied and usually left in the car unless long paddle

Gloves

Spray skirt

Pump

Paddle float

VHF/Weather radio - Often left in the car after checking forecast

Paddle

Spare paddle - only left in the car if paddling with several other paddlers who have spares

Rain gear/wind breaker

Kayak repair/person repair kit


As personal as this list might be, what you carry in a repair kit for boat and yourself is even more so. Here is what I carry in a small dry bagas a kayak repair/ person repair kit





Mechanical repair kit

Fire starter - cotton balls and Vaseline

Medical kit

Leatherman multi-tool

25 ft of line

Oyster knife

What you carry in a mechanical repair kit will vary greatly depending on what type of kayak you have. What is needed for fiberglass is not relevant for rotomold or skin on frame.





Fiberglass repair kit - resin, hardener, fiberglass cloth,mixing stick and spatula

General purpose glue

General purpose sticky tape

Epoxy putty tape

Neoprene patch

hacksaw blades

hose clamps of various sizes

short pieces of string

snap

What you carry in a personal repair kit will vary greatly depending on what conditions you might have. What you need might vary depending on the length of your trip. I carry the same stuff all the time





adhesive tape for bandages and blisters

band aid kit

medications kit

waterproof band aid kit

prescription medications kit

bandage/tools kit

Ginger candy for sea sickness

Supplies kit





Safety pins

band aids of various sizes

butterfly finger bandages

toe bandages

small bandages

clotting patch





Pepto Bismol - heartburn, diarrhea, upset stomach

Benedryl antihistamine - insect bites

Ultracet antibiotic

Scopalomine patch for sea sickness





The waterproof band aid kit is a commercial kit with a wide selection of shapes and sizes of waterproof bandages.





Prescription general antibiotic for infections from cuts

Vaseline - salt water boil protection, soothe cracked skin, lips

Advil ibuprofin - headaches, muscle soreness

Boraseptic white ointment - wound protection, antiseptic protection, zinc oxide base for sun protection

Epi pen for insect bite allergies - my life threatening allergy





Liquid Bandage - replacement for sutures

Nu Skin - for blisters and salt water boils

tweezers - plastic for splinters and cactus needles

duct tape - for everything

roll of gauze - large wounds

elastic bandage - breaks, sprains, slings

nail clippers/file - nail splits, hang nails

dental floss - equipment repair, clothing repair, emergency sutures

ivy clean / poison ivy salve - relief from poison ivy rash

mole skin - blisters and wound covering

gauze bandage 6 inch - large wound cover

metal mirror - seeing what you can't see directly





Tape

Cotton balls - ear ache treatment, wind blown sand protection, snoring protection

Plastic ear plugs


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