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Like most specialty sports, kayaking can get expensive quick but don't let that discourage you from getting on the water. Used or rental kayaks are a smart way to find out if the sport is right for you and then you can add gear over time.
With the right kind of kayak, you can turn a fun day on the water into an overnight excursion you won't forget. Touring kayaks typically have dry storage compartments in the front and back of the boat. These are perfect places to store a tent, stove, sleeping bag and other campout essentials to make the most out of your flat-water kayak adventure.
Be sure you check with the local ranger, marina or bait shop to get the skinny on the particular water you'll be on. Tides and lake levels can change dramatically over a 24-hour period, which can have a direct impact on how and where you camp. Weather is another important consideration anytime you're on the water so make sure you have the local forecast down.
The Coast Guard on most lakes and coastal areas requires a personal floatation device or PFD and you should never paddle out with one. New PFDs are comfortable, stylish and can save your life if you end up in the water.
If you're heading for the day or for a multi-day expedition, be sure to bring the basics:
- Plenty of water
- A good hat
- Energy bars, trail mix or candy bars
- A cell phone
- A portable bilge pump for your kayak
- Dry clothes designed to be worn in layers
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- Flat-Water Kayaking
- Kayaking is great way to get outdoors but you don't need to bomb rapids to do it.
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- Segment 2
- Kayak Trip
- Ready to plan a flat-water kayak trip? How about mixing in an overnight campout too?
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