6 Ways to Prepare for a Kayaking Adventure Abroad
Enhance your love of kayaking by searching for more opportunities to practice it. Find new ways to use your kayak around the city, or take more local vacations to nearby seas. Develop and improve your kayaking skills until you can turn these local trips into international ones.
Navigating different global seas improves your kayak skills, but also lets you see the world. The first step to making this dream of kayaking around the world possible is to become a pro at it. Read more about that step and others in our guide to kayaking abroad.
Become or Partner with an Expert
Kayaking on different, sometimes colder, sometimes more harsh, bodies of water can be scary for the untrained. Therefore, kayak as much as possible before leaving your country. Continue to advance your experience by varying your kayaking locations–bring a guest along when trying out more heavier currents. Really hone your skills by waiting several months, even years, before planning a trip abroad.
It is worth the investment to hire an expert to teach you, even if you have some kayaking experience of your own. If you have a close friend or family member who uses kayaks regularly, ask him or her to come along for the trip. It will be safer and you benefit from his or her expertise.
Finding a list of kayaking destinations isn’t hard, but narrowing it down might be nearly impossible. Start by deciding what country, continent, or hemisphere you want to explore, and then search for nearby seas. We suggest you look for destinations in Fiji, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, and New Zealand.
Study up on these areas, and then research their seas and kayaking spots. Read any blogs you can find that contains first hand experience stories, tips, and suggestions. Additionally, join a local kayaking club and forum. Ask others what destinations they have visited, and then get their advice on the best course of action when kayaking in them.
Prepare for the Region
Research the weather, local creatures, customs, etc. Get really familiar with the area before stepping foot on it, especially the language. Invest in a Rosetta Stone set to learn the language, at least learn some of the basic words and phrases for your chosen destinations. Save by using some of Rosetta Stone’s Groupon discount codes.
In addition to learning the language, really learn the country or countries’ heritage, history, and culture. This allows for a deeper appreciation of the land, and it makes you more interested in exploring the country beyond just the seas.
Save on Trip Costs
Find out the best time of year for kayaking, the cheapest time to visit, and part of the year with the best weather conditions for that country. If you’re booking a specific kayaking adventure, call the travel agency for more information about your planned trip and timeframe.
Decide whether it’s better to book the trip in parts or as part of one vacation adventure package. Use discount price comparison sites such as Priceline and Travelocity. Additionally, use cheap trip buying sites like Sell Off Vacations. Also consider volunteering in a different country to have room and board expenses paid for by the volunteer company.
Volunteer in the morning and kayak in the evening.
Get in Shape
Besides training for intense kayaking, prepare your body for the trip in its entirety. Make it your mission to get in better shape. This will make kayaking easier, and it makes those long walks exploring the new land a lot smoother.
Pack For Trip
Compose a list of all the personal items that you will need, such as clothing, money, shoes, etc. Then prepare a kayaking related list. Here are a few items to make sure to include on it:
- Maps with Waterproof case
- Paddle float
- GPS system
- Two-way radios
- Dry bags
- Paddling knife
- First Aid Kit
- Insect Repellent