How To Pack A Sea Kayak For Camping
Learning how to pack a sea kayak for camping means that you will have to know how to effectively use space in bags and stow them correctly on board. Cutting down on the amount of supplies can really help you have an easier time maneuvering the boat, but if you must bring many items, there are some things that you can do pack and stow them efficiently. Following are some tips on how to pack a sea kayak for camping.
- First, decide exactly what you want to bring, relative to the trip on which you will be going. When packing bags, minimizing the space that they use, and minimizing the amount of packs you bring is essential if you are trying to pack a sea kayak for camping. Try to bring one main bag, and fit as much as you can into that.
- Try using as small a bag as possible for all items and apparel. Instead of stuffing or folding clothes and placing them in the bag, try tightly rolling them up. This is one of the best ways to get the most out of the space in any bag used.
If bringing a tent, try to pack it in the same bag that the majority the other supplies are in to cut down on the number of items brought. If it does not fit, this is all right, too.
- Anything that you must bring that you cannot fit in your main pack should be attached to it, so that you do not have loose packs scattered about the kayak. This can be done with clips, rope, or even tape.
- Most sea kayaks have stretchable straps on their hulls in places where a loaded pack will not hinder the craft's balance. Once you are fully packed, and you have one big bag, perhaps with smaller items attached to it, secure it with the straps, and set off. If you have trouble paddling, the kayak may be overloaded, and you will have to cut down on the supplies that you are bringing.
Packing a sea kayak for camping can take some time, as everything that is needed should be brought along in a comfortable pack (or packs) that can be easily stowed, but the craft should never be overloaded. Consider all of the above when packing for your excursion.