When overnight kayaking, safety is usually the last thing on your mind. In some instances, an overnight outing can become more than-needed. However, when kayaking short overnight trips it’s best to stay away from the essentials. It’s best to follow the basics, particularly when overnight camping in a kayak because of space being rather limited. Here are some of the things you should do to stay safe.
Although overnight kayaking may seem like a dangerous prospect, it can actually be quite safe. The majority of kayaking trips start off with a long, exploratory trip out onto a lake or ocean lake. These lakes and oceans are safer than other bodies of water, although there is still the risk of kayaking into areas where animals or people have been injured or killed. It’s always best to research the trail that you intend to follow before venturing out onto it. If possible, have a sit in on a few of the other kayakers so you get a feel for how they sleep, which is different from sleeping on land. There are plenty of trail cameras available so you can be monitored while kayaking and you’ll be able to identify hazards or wildlife activity if appropriate.
Although it’s a good idea to take along some sort of emergency equipment on an overnight trip, it’s not necessary to bring every item that you think you might need. Some items of equipment that you can consider bringing would include: food and water bottles, a fishing pole or other underwater tools, a compass, signaling devices (staying well hydrated is essential), a tent or other shelter, a kayak paddle, spare clothing, a garbage bag, a first aid kit, rain gear, a map, a knife, a flare gun, and possibly your cellphone. Obviously, depending on the region where you’re going, this list of gear may not be complete. If it is, plan on packing extra of everything you believe you’ll need! This is a great tip for long overnight trips.
Kayaking equipment is notoriously light, so don’t skimp on packing clothes that will provide warmth once the temperature drops. Pack a couple of heavy-duty shirts, shorts, sweatshirts, and cold-water liners. Make sure that all of your underwear is waterproof; this is a must for overnight camping trips.
If you’re looking to cook, there are a couple of really nice options for campers: either a simple camp stove or one of the more advanced and feature-rich liquid fuel stoves. Liquid fuel stoves are very easy to use and are often portable enough that you can maneuver them around in kayaks or boats. In addition, they tend to burn a little slower than a traditional stove and offer a more steady heat source. Portable liquid fuel stoves come in many different designs and styles.
If you’re looking for a high-end stove that you can’t pack into a tiny rucksack, look into the titanium backpacking stove. These stoves feature an aluminum body and stainless steel, ceramic plate. They feature an open flame that’s controlled by a twist of a lever, as well as an adjustable temperature control that let you adjust your stove to a perfect temperature for your needs. These types of stoves make long kayaking trips a breeze, as they require less physical work and energy from the rider.
If you’d prefer to do without a stove, there are several other options for preparing meals on the trail. Some campers love to cook their meals over a large fire in their campfire pit, while others prefer to simply grill steaks or fish over the small, open fire of their campfire pit. If you like the idea of cooking your food at a campfire, but don’t have time to build a fire yourself, look into purchasing a small grill that folds up and can be carried along. If you prefer cooking your food in an open flame, you could look into purchasing an economical, open fire basket for camping that has adjustable warmth settings.
Other campers prefer to pack foods that are easier to prepare. Consider packing foods that are easy to find, packaged in foil packets, and cooked on a propane camp stove. You’ll save time and effort by simply popping an already prepared meal into your backpack and breaking it down as you go. A great meal choice for this type of trip is a simple ham and cheese sandwich, packed in foil and frozen. Other easy camp meals include chicken strips, refried beans, and even plain yogurt or milk that you can pack with foil packets for easy entry into your backpack.