If you’re heading out on a canoe for the first time, you’re most likely to be able to hire specialist equipment from your chosen provider, but here are a list of things you might want to take to make your trip easier.
What to Wear
- Trainers or light shoes or wellies for children
- Comfy trousers (not jeans as they take ages to dry)
- Warm clothing – several layers of clothing is better than one thick layer
- Waterproof Jacket
- Waterproof trousers
- Woolly hat or sun hat depending on weather
- Gloves – essential if it’s wet or cold to protect your hands and help you to continue to paddle even if you’re freezing
- Buoyancy Aid or Life Jacket
What to Take
- Bottle of water
- Snacks or Picnic Lunch
- A ‘dry bag’ to keep essential items in
- Suncream and sunglasses (if it’s sunny)
- A fully charged mobile phone (keep in dry bag or waterproof case)
- Insect repellent (for the summer months when midges and mosquitos are about)
- A camera to capture the experience (optional)
- Kayak or canoe
- Paddle and lead
- Buoyancy Aid – ideally equipped with a light and whistle
- Spray deck (optional) – this is a cover used to help stop water entering your vessel and keep you warm and comfortable
- Dry bag for spare clothing, personal items and essentials.
- Drybag with safety items such as a flare, survival bag, repair kit, radio (VHF) especially if not being supervised or paddling on the sea or somewhere remote.
- Sports camera
- Nose clip
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