We've all heard about carrying a watch, a whistle, and a knife with you down the river, but what about items to store inside your rescue vest? Besides sunscreen, chapstick, and extra snacks, what else should kayakers pack in their lifejacket?
Here are our team's top recommendations
Small Pin Kit - 3 Carabiners +
Webbing + Prussik Cord
|You shouldn’t keep a pin kit for
your kayak in your kayak - if
your kayak gets pinned, well,
you then can’t get your pin kit.
Also, familiarize yourself with
knowing how to use your pin kit.
If you are a visual learner, we
recommend learning from the
Z-Drag Crib Sheet.
First Aid Kit
Make your own personal med
kit by using a 1L/XXS Sea to
Summit Dry Sack. Include
butterfly wound closure strips,
adhesive bandages of assorted
sizes, sterile gauze pads,
cohesive elastic wrap/bandage
roll, insect-sting relief, Neosporin,
antiseptic cleansing wipes,
ibuprofen, mini tweezers,
You won’t know that you’ll need
these until you need these, so
go ahead and grab an extra pair.
It’s great to carry an extra pair of
noseplugs in your pfd in case
the pair on my helmet gets
As a kayaker, protecting your ears is really important. Earplugs are great to store and hold inside your PFD until you need to use them - usually when you begin playboating/surfing or if you’re in big water where swimming is a possibility.
Keep a tow tether inside your front pocket until you need it. Most rescue PFDs, like the Astral Green Jacket, offer a ton of storage room on the front pocket, the added tow tether shouldn’t add too much extra bulk. Plus, you can feel safe knowing you have a rescue tool close to you without risking inadvertently clipping the carabiner on the end of the tether to something in the river.