How To Make A Kayak Emergency Kit

If you want to make a kayak emergency kit, you can probably put together a decent one with just the things you have at home already. Emergencies can happen at any time, and people are rarely prepared for them, which is why it's a good idea to have some kind of emergency kit in your kayak. Outfit your kit with extra food and water, medical supplies, an air horn, and you will be well prepared in case of an emergency.

  1. Pack extra water and rehydration salts like CeraLyte to help treat dehydration. If you find yourself suffering from dehydration while kayaking, simply mix the salts with water to help replenish your fluids.

  2. Pack food that is portable but also high in energy. Energy bars and trail mix are perfect both for emergencies and for when you get the munchies while out on your kayak.

  3. Bring an air horn. An air horn is essential for an emergency kit so that if you get into trouble in the water you can get the attention of other boaters.

  4. Pack a first aid kit. Include pain relievers as well as bandages, gauze, adhesive tape and iodine to clean and treat wounds.

  5. Include a compass. It will help you if you lose your bearings while out on your kayak.

  6. Pack a flashlight with extra batteries, and an emergency blanket, in case you end up having to stay out overnight. Also include some waterproof matches.

  7. Bring along sunblock and bug repellant. These may not seem like obvious emergency kit items, but they are always good to have in case you forget to bring them.

Tip: Place all of your emergency kit items into a waterproof container or dry bag so that they won't be ruined if your kayak capsizes.


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