Paddling Checklist



  • Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  • Paddle
  • Backup Paddle
  • Spray Skirt (K)
  • Backrest (C)
  • Bilge Pump
  • Bilge Spongs
  • Sunscreen


  • First Aid Kit
  • Whistle
  • Knife (PFD Mounted)
  • Throw Rope
  • Paddle Float (K)
  • Strobe Light
  • Painter Lines (C)
  • Additional Flotations
  • Helmet
  • Nose Clips

Additional Essentials

  • Compass or GPS
  • Map or Guidebook
  • Waterproof Map Case
  • Dry Bags
  • Dry Box
  • Repair Kit
  • Paddle Leash
  • Pack Towel
  • Headlamp
  • Cockpit Cover (K)
  • Hydration System


  • Spray Jacket
  • Spray Pants
  • Rashguard
  • Fleece jacket or Pullover Fleece
  • Neoprene Shirt
  • Neoprene Shorts
  • Paddling Shorts
  • Wicking T-Shirt
  • Paddling Gloves or Pogies
  • Water Sandals or Water Shoes
  • Sun Hat


  • Yakima Roof Rack System or Foam Kayak Blocks
  • Tie-Down Straps
  • Bow/Stern Line

Ways to stay safe on the water:

  • Always wear a personal flotation device (PFD).
  • Eat regularly and keep well-hydrated.
  • Avoid wearing cotton.
  • If you’re paddling in the winter, wear the proper attire such as drysuits or wetsuits.
  • Remember: Even if you don’t capsize, you may need to get in the water to help someone else in trouble.
  • Always make sure your boat has a sufficient amount of flotation in case of capsize.
  • Whitewater paddlers or anyone paddling in rough waters should wear a helmet.
  • Seek out good instruction prior to your trip with classes with or an area organization like Missouri Whitewater Association (