Are you planning on going on a long kayaking trip? You should make sure that you know how to pack your kayak before you go!
When you’re packing your kayak, you should first figure out just how long of a trip you’re planning on going on. After all, if you’re going to be kayaking for weeks, you’re probably going to need more supplies than you would if you were only going to be kayaking for a few days. However, there are some supplies that you should always have in your kayak, no matter what.
The things that you should always have in your kayak are basically just the emergency equipment. However, even though you will probably never want to take these items out of your kayak, you will not want to pack them into the bulkhead first. After all, whatever you put in first is going to be on the bottom of the bulkhead, and thus, farthest away from your reach if you need it. Therefore, the first piece of advice for you if you’re wondering how to pack your kayak is to put in the emergency equipment (for instance a first aid kit) in last. That way everything will be within easy reach if something bad were to happen to you while you’re kayaking.
You should also make sure that you pack a little bit extra food and water. You should always pack enough so that you could make your trip longer without losing any food or water. After all, there are so many different things that could happen to you during your trip that it pays to be prepared with extra food as well as some emergency equipment.
While you should always wait until you’re just about to launch your kayak before you put in some of the heavy items, you might want to load up the lighter objects on the beach before you go to launch the kayak. This will make it a lot easier to load the kayak, and you’ll know already that you have everything you need for your trip.
Another thing that you should realize is that where you pack the items you bring with you in your kayak can have a big effect on how stable your kayak is in the water. As a result, you should pack your bulkheads so that the heaviest items are closest to where you’re sitting in the kayak. You should also make sure that the heavy items are roughly along the center line of the kayak – you don’t want to make it easier to flip over, after all.
Packing a kayak is often hard the first time. However, after a few trips, you should quickly learn how to pack your kayak for any trip.