What’s in your bag?

Kayaking is one of my favorite ways to relax. Yet relaxing does not mean being unprepared for what can happen on the water. The “what ifs” range from minor inconveniences like “what if my nose starts to run,” “what if I get hungry” and “what if my lips feel chapped” to potential hazards, such as “what if a tree is blocking my way downriver,” “what if water gets in my kayak” and “what if I need to tie up my kayak alongshore.”

The contents of my watertight bag have grown over the years, thanks to on-the-water experiences and learning from friends. Here’s what I carry in my kayak:

  • Cell phone
  • Baseball cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Tissues
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellent
  • Chapstick
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Granola bars
  • Water bottle
  • Hair ties
  • Long-sleeved T-shirt
  • Towel
  • Sponge
  • Rope
  • Hacksaw
  • First Aid Kit
  • Toilet paper
  • Ziplock bags
  • Swiss army knife
  • Socks
  • Rain poncho
  • Notebook and pen

What do you carry in your dry bag?

8 thoughts on “What’s in your bag?

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  1. The list is very comprehensive, but not too heavy. I have personally used all of them (except the hair tie) at one point on the paddling journey. The one thing I also take is a wallet with one credit card, my drivers license and a few dollars.


  2. inexpensive glow sticks from dollar store — once got caught out on water and it got too dark before the landing. I carry a headlamp but the batteries were dead (now carry extras of those too) – but glow sticks will certainly make you more visible!


  3. I recently purchased some water blaster toys to suck water out of the kayak if needed. I haven’t had to do that yet but they also will come in handy for a water fight on the river during hot days.


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