|Written By Christian True|
Fall is here - let’s go paddle camping!
Cooler temperatures, colorful scenery, and less busy waterways. Just a few of the reasons we love fall paddling and camping. Paddle camping trips can allow you to reach exclusive camping areas and experience a new adventure. Keep reading to find out what all you need for a paddle camping trip and how to prepare.
Essential Need to Knows of Paddle Camping
- First, everything in a paddle craft can and will get wet.
- Put all camping gear, provisions, and clothing in dry sacks and safely secure the dry sacks in or onto the paddle craft.
- Always have a personal floatation device (PFD), secured paddle, and an audible signaling device (whistle or air horn).
Safety Tips for Paddle Camping
- Make a plan for your trip. Do some research if you will be paddling and camping in a new area.
- Always give your plan to someone. Include location of where you will start and end, where your camp site(s) will be, and when you plan to leave and return.
- Check the weather before you head out for your trip and make sure to bring appropriate clothing.
- Use synthetic material when it comes to sleeping bags and jackets. Avoid down materials.
- Be sure to “park” your paddle craft above your tent or sleeping arrangement. Water levels can rise throughout the night and you do not want to wake up with no kayak because it has floated away!
- The rule of 120: take the water temperature where you are paddling and add it to the air temperature where you are paddling. If the number adds up to be under 120, there is possibility for hypothermia if not dressed in appropriate clothing.
- BioLite Headlamp - allows for hands free light
- KULA cooler - keep food fresh and edible for up to 3-4 days
- NRS dry bag - to place all gear in to keep dry.
Come get all your gear for paddle camping at the H2GO shop!