You’ve waited all winter for this time. It is finally kayaking season! But before you can spend the weekends out exploring the water, it is important to prepare for the kayak season ahead. When getting ready for your big kayak excursion this summer, try out these tips!
Kayak Trip Checklist for a Successful Trip
- Inspect Your Kayak: It is important to thoroughly inspect your kayak before it is placed in the water. Unfortunately, it isn’t uncommon for improperly stored kayaks to suffer damage during the off-season. Long-term kayak storage is one of the most common causes of hull damage. If the hull is depressed, it can generally be repaired through a heat treatment or by leaving it outside in the sun. Additionally, inspect the perimeter lines and bungees to make sure they are in good shape.
- Clean and Wax Your Kayak: While your kayak was in storage during the off-season, it likely collected some dust and dirt. Use a wet rag to wipe it off. Before you put your kayak in the water, it is smart to give it a fresh coat of wax. For a composite kayak, use a cleaner wax. For a plastic kayak, plan on using 1 to 2 coats of a plastic protectant spray.
- Replace Old Parts: If any of your kayak parts are on the way out, consider replacing them before the off-season. Try and think back to your kayak excursions last year. Was your seat worn and uncomfortable last year? Or were you wishing for another spare kayak paddle? Before the kayak season starts is the best time to replace any needed equipment.
- Check Your Emergency Gear: Before your kayak touches the water, it is important to refill your first aid kit and emergency repair kit. While you hopefully will not need any items packed in your emergency kit, it never hurts to be too prepared.
- Pack Wisely: Due to the shape of the kayak, packing for a kayaking trip can be extremely difficult. When packing your kayak, do not forget about weight distribution. It is not only important to properly distribute weight all throughout the kayak, but you will likely notice if the weight distribution is off. When packing your bags, group your items based on when they are needed. For example, pack all of your clothes in one bag, your bedding in another bag and safety items in a separate bag.
ezStorage Has a Kayak Storage Solution for You
One of the difficulties kayak owners face is finding a place to store their kayak when it is not in use. Depending on your living situation, storing your kayak in your home may not be possible. Instead, consider utilizing a storage unit. ezStorage offers storage units in a variety of sizes, ranging from the 5×10 storage unit to the larger 10×10, 10×15 and 10×20 storage units. This means that whether you are storing your kayaks and a few other household items or sharing storage space with some of your other kayaking-enthusiast friends, we have a storage solution for you. Contact us to rent a storage unit today!