Accessories You'll Need (or want) While Kayaking
Okay, you really only need 3 things while kayaking: a kayak, a paddle, and life jacket. Depending on the type of kayaking you do, you may also need a helmet and a sprayskirt. Everything else is extra, but some of those extras are really nice.
Of course, what kind of kayak depends on you. There are several types, from sit-inside to sit-on-top, from ocean kayaks, white water kayaks, to squirt boats
You need a paddle to steer and propel yourself. Someone in your group should also bring a spare paddle, especially if you are going on a long trip.
A PFD or lifejacket
Kayaking is usually pretty safe, but there is always a risk of drowning when you are around water. Reduce that risk with a life jacket.
You won't need a helmet if you are paddling on a lake, but if you are kayaking down a swift river or creek, this is an essential piece of safety equipment.
A sprayskirt will help keep you dry, and keep water out of your sit-inside kayak.
Mandatory by law in some places, a whistle is a simple but effective piece of equipment to signal that you need help.
Gloves help to prevent blisters, protect your hands from scrapes, and help keep your hands warm.
You'll want a pair of shoes meant to get wet.
A GPS not only tells you where you are, but some can track where you've been.
First Aid Equipment
You may want to carry with you a few basic first aid supplies.
On a kayak you are surrounded by water, but dehydration can be a major problem. You may want to bring some drinking water with you.
If your kayak gets full of water from waves, tipping over, or a leak, a bilge pump will help you get rid of that water. The alternative is paddling to shore and turning your kayak upside down to get the water out.
A throw bag, or rope bag, is a bag with a long rope in it. Throw this bag to help rescue a buddy.
If you get tangled in fishing line or rope, a knife can help you set yourself free.