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Kayaking Gear for Beginners

Looking for adventure? Kayaking is an exciting activity that can bring family and friends together. Whether you’re braving the harsh whitewater rapids on a weekend trip or taking a casual lap around a quiet lake, you need the proper equipment. This simple checklist will prepare you for whatever you decide to take on.

Kayaking on a lake
Kayaking is a great hobby that anyone can enjoy. If you’re interested in learning more, check out our list of items that any beginner kayaker needs.

What You’ll Need Before Kayaking

The Right Kayak

You obviously will need a kayak; make sure you have the right one for what you’re planning to do. At Blain’s Farm & Fleet you’ll find kayaks for fishing, tandem kayaks and more. See our article on choosing the perfect kayak for more details on how to pick the kayak that’s right for you and your adventures.

The Right Kayak Paddle

A paddle is also a kayaking essential. There are long and short kayak paddles and a number of other factors that determine the best fit for you. Consider the length of your torso, your paddling style and the width of the boat when purchasing a kayak paddle. If you are tall or your kayak is wide, you’ll need a longer paddle. Shorter paddles are great for quick, rapid strokes, but require extra effort and will tire you out on long tours. For more in-depth guide, read through our article on finding the right kayak paddle.

A good Life Jacket

When kayaking in deep water or rapid currents, always be sure to wear a life jacket. Universal life jackets with multiple straps and buckles are ideal because they offer superior maneuverability while keeping you safe and secure. Check out our blog article on picking the right life jacket to help you get the best one for you.


Okay, so this is more of a want than a need. A wetsuit isn’t required for kayaking, but it sure can make your trip more enjoyable. You’ll stay comfortable and dry while the water splashes all around you.


Blisters from a long day of paddling are no fun. Neither is losing your paddle. A pair of fisherman’s gloves works great for kayaking. These non – slip gloves will protect your hands and ensure that you keep a firm grip on your paddle. They are also designed to float in case one slips off during your tour.

Waterproof Carrier

Leaving your keys, phone and extra cash in the car is not ideal, but if you drop them in the water you’ll regret it even more. Solve this problem with a waterproof carrying case or dry bag. When you reach your destination, you’ll have everything you need and it’ll be nice and dry.

Carrying Kit

If you’ve ever tried to stuff a kayak into your vehicle, you know what a huge hassle and waste of space it can be. Consider a car – top carrier kit and make the most of that extra storage space. These convenient carrier kits give you the freedom to be spontaneous and require little to no effort when hauling your kayak along.


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