What to Take on a Kayaking Trip

What to take on a Kayaking Trip - Best Caravan Camping NSW

Going on a kayaking trip for hours at a lake, creek or beach can be a fun aquatic playground under the sun. But if you forget something or realise that you are unprepared can spoil the fun.

Here are a few items to consider for a kayaking trip to run smoothly.(*List ideal for 3-5 hour recreational trip)

Essential Gear

  • Buoyancy vest or life jacket
  • Kayak
  • Paddle (1 per person) and a spare paddle
  • Dry bag
    A water tight bag to store your personal items and electronic devices
  • Bilge pump or medium-large sponge
    To absorb and get water out of the boat in an event of flooding.
  • Sunscreen

Water and Food

  • Pack sandwiches, energy bars or nuts in a small lunchbox.
  • Pack a BPA free stainless-steel water bottle that can hook easily to your kayak or backpack.
  • Water filter or iodine tablets
    To gather and purify water easily in case running out of drinking water


  • Swimwear
  • Rash Guard shirt that can handle moisture
  • Hat
  • Spray skirt
    Handy for keeping the sun off your exposed legs
  • Rain/windproof jacket
  • Fleece jacket or vest
  • Convertible pants or shorts
  • Water shoes
  • Spare underwear

Emergency Kit

  • Basic first aid kit
  • Knife
  • Multi-use tool
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Sealant
  • Duct tape
  • Bungee cords
  • Static deck line
  • Replacement rudder parts
  • Bailing wire (copper, small roll)
  • Signalling whistle
  • Headlamp with extra batteries

Optional Items

  • Fishing rod
  • Sunglasses 
  • Insect repellent
  • Mobile phone
  • Small amounts of cash or credit card
  • ID or licenses
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Small Towel

You can store all these items in a backpack and safely stow them beneath your feet area in your kayak.

Before you head out on your trip, you should leave an itinerary in your car or at least notify someone in case of emergency.

Now, you are all set and ready for an aquatic adventure!

Kayak Hire at NSW Holiday Parks

If you’re unable to bring your own kayak, most NSW Holiday Parks that have access to waterfront areas may have kayaks for hire. Make sure to contact the Holiday Park directly to enquire.

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