Kayak Vacations - A Leisure Package away from Home
Planning your trip away
Once you’ve decided to make that dream a reality by actually taking rather than talking about that kayak vacation you’re going to do one day you’ve got to start planning early in order to get the most out of your trip.
Whether you’re planning a flat-water back country adventure, a gurgling whitewater descent or a long-distance sea kayaking tour you’ve got to be prepared. You can make things easy by booking onto a kayak vacation package organized by a kayak adventure company or plan the whole thing independently from put-in location to emergency rescue. This page provides some tips on planning and making the most of your kayak vacation.
Kayak vacation packages
Kayak below glaciers and through the icebergs of Greenland’s east coast, marvel at the tropical fish off the coast of Belize or search for orcas off the coast of British Columbia – an organized kayak vacation can be a trip of a lifetime and it takes all the responsibility for pre-departure planning, kit and logistics out of your hands.
However, even if you opt for an all-inclusive package there are some things to be aware of. When choosing a company to go with make sure you check the details carefully. Check exactly what is and isn’t included in the price of your trip – you don’t want any expensive surprises when you get there.
Choose a trip to suit your level and ability, its no vacation if you spend the whole trip struggling to keep up with other group members rather than enjoying the scenery and the paddling. Also check cancellation policies properly and make an effort to speak to someone who has already taken a canoe vacation with the same company – a personal recommendation can speak volumes about how your trip may pan out.
When planning an independent trip don’t be over ambitious. Make sure the river, lake system or sea route you plan to paddle is at the level of the most inexperienced kayaker in your group. If at all possible contact local kayak or canoe clubs or equipment suppliers in the area to find out about water conditions and hazards.
Make sure you plan the trip carefully and bring enough supplies to last the duration of your trip. Take fishing gear and bring water purification tablets to make safe drinking water. Always take some means of communication whether it’s a mobile phone (check you’ll have coverage) or a radio, bring emergency flares, a first aid kit and make sure your first aid skills are up to date. Check all your kayaking gear thoroughly well in advance and make sure you’ve got a spare paddle and plenty of dry bags.
Try a dry run with a fully packed kayak on a stretch of water you know and adjust your load as necessary. Before you depart make sure someone knows your planned route and the day and time you should be back, and have one final check with the locals on conditions before you leave. Above all, play it safe and enjoy your trip.