What Equipment Do I Need to Bring on a Kayak Tour?

Kayaking tours can be both fun and adventurous, but they can also be pretty dangerous if you are not adequately equipped. Preparing with the right equipment from Yak Shack Watersports ensures your safety when on the water during a tour with us, especially when traveling long distances and being away from shore for extended periods. 

Unfortunately, having inappropriate gear can make navigating and controlling the kayak difficult, increasing the chance of accidents and injuries, and affecting your overall comfort and enjoyment. Luckily, having the right equipment can make your trip much more enjoyable, safer, and successful, ultimately contributing to a better overall experience. 

So, knowing the essential equipment required before setting out on your adventure is necessary. So, read on to discover the equipment you need for a kayak tour.


Standard Equipment Brought On A Kayak Tour

Here is a list of standard kayak equipment you should consider packing during a kayak tour. We can help with some of this equipment, but not all, so be sure to acquire it before undertaking a kayak tour. 

Kayaking Gear

When planning your next kayaking tour, it is essential to pack the following kayak gear to ensure a safe and enjoyable time:

  • Kayak – either a sit-in or sit-on-top kayak based on your preferences and the environment.
  • Paddle – light and easy to maneuver for extended periods.
  • Spray skirt or splash guard.
  • Compass or GPS.
  • Paddling knife.
  • Paddling float.
  • Towline.
  • Maps.
  • Paddle leash (optional).
  • Large sponge.

Clothing & Footwear

Below is a basic list of clothing and footwear that you should consider packing when going on a kayak tour to protect against the harsh sun, wind, and rain:

  • Spray jacket or rain jacket and pants (weather dependent).
  • Paddling gloves (optional).
  • Sun-shielding headwear like a bandana or cap.
  • Fleece jacket or vest (weather dependent).
  • Swimwear or shorts or convertible pants.
  • Neoprene footwear.
  • Rashguard top or moisture-wicking T-shirt or long-sleeve shirt.

Accessories and Miscellaneous

Before heading out on your next kayak tour, it is advised to pack the following items (If required) to ensure your kayak tours success:

  • Sun protection – sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses.
  • Credit card or cash.
  • A dry bag – this is to keep your personal items safe and dry.
  • A waterproof watch.
  • Permits and licenses (if required).
  • Bilge pump.
  • Paddle float.
  • Lip balm (SPF 15+).
  • Cellphone in a protective bag or case
  • Insect repellent (as needed).
  • Trip itinerary left with a friend, in a boat, or under the car seat.

Safety Equipment

It is crucial that you pack the following items and safety equipment to guarantee a safe and enjoyable experience when on the water in a kayak:

  • Whistle – for emergencies and distress signals.
  • Personal flotation device – mandatory for safety purposes.
  • Emergency signaling devices – flare lights and signal mirrors.
  • Headlamp – with extra batteries.
  • Whether or VHF radio (tuned to a local emergency channel list).
  • Two-way radios (1 in lead and 1 in a sweep boat).
  • First-aid kit.
  • Emergency shelter or tent and sleeping bag.

Food Stuff

Packing for your next kayak tour can be challenging, especially when gauging how much food and water is enough for the duration of the trip. As such, it is recommended to include the following when packing for your next kayak tour:

  • Matches, or a lighter, or a fire starter in a waterproof container.
  • Hydration systems or water bottles.
  • Cooking stove and utensils.
  • Snacks like energy food or lunch.
  • Enough protein bars and camping meals, ready to eat (MREs) for the entirety of your tour, plus a few additional days in case of emergencies.

Some tours will provide food, so you won’t need any of this equipment. 

Repair Equipment

Ensuring you have repair equipment for your kayak tour is as important as your food and water. This is because you must plan for the unexpected, especially when you will be on the water for an extended period. 

As such, it is advised to include the following equipment on your kayak tour to prepare for the unexpected:

  • A multi-tool.
  • Bungee cords.
  • Baling wire (copper – small roll).
  • Static deck line.
  • Repair or duct tape.
  • Replacement rudder parts.
  • Sealant (such as Aquaseal).

Remember to pack wisely based on the length of your trip and the environment. Additionally, always ensure your equipment is stowed in a dry bag and that the weight of your gear is evenly distributed across the kayak for a comfortable experience.

Get In Touch With Water Sports Experts For Your Next Kayak Tour

When planning your next kayaking tour, you must seek the services of a professional water sports tour and equipment provider like Yak Shack Watersports. Yak Shack Watersports provides access to quality equipment designed specifically for kayaking tours, ensuring you are equipped with the best possible gear for your trip. 

Additionally, our team at Yak Shack Watersports is knowledgeable and experienced in kayaking because we run a few exciting kayak tours. With this in mind, it’s easy to see how we can provide guidance on choosing the right equipment, personal protective gear, and tour. So contact us here, and we’ll help you with kayak rentals or tour planning.