Paddling Extras for Beginners
You’ve got your boat and your lifejacket fits perfectly—but you’re not quite ready to paddle. First, grab a few items to add a layer of comfort to the fun of being on the water.
By Lacey Thacker
For gear and guidance, visit your local outfitter.
Coleman 52-quart Xtreme Cooler
“This old standby never fails to keep my drinks—and sandwiches, nuts and crackers—cold.”
Attwood Utility Rope
“Cut a length to use for hauling your boat up a slope, sling a few feet over to a buddy, tie your boat to a tree to stay in one spot awhile or use it to tie down your cooler and other equipment. You can never have too much rope.”
NRS Coil Paddle Leash
“Formulating a plan to retrieve your paddle as you watch it flow downstream is never fun, so one of the first things I bought when I started paddling was a paddle leash.”
Watershed Big Creek Dry Pack
“I usually keep a towel, a dry set of clothes and my cell phone tucked safely in this dry bag. If I flip, no worries.”
The North Face
Venture 2 Rain Jacket
“There are plenty of specialty rain suits designed for paddling, but I prefer a basic rain jacket in all seasons but winter, when I need more clothing.”