Kayak Gear and Clothing

This article assumes you’re in a classic kayak: one with a cockpit and a hatch or two for stowing gear. If the weather and water are warm, your friend or guide might put you in a wide, stable boat without a cockpit.


Essential kayaking gear: Anyone who provides a boat should also provide these items:

  • Coastguard-approved PFD (Personal Flotation Device) that fits properly
  • Paddle (make sure they check that it’s the right size for you)
  • Bilge pump
  • Spray skirt (optional on warm, calm days)

Proper clothing: Bring the following for a warm-weather, warm-water outing:

  • Swimwear or shorts (noncotton and nonbinding)
  • Short- or long-sleeve rashguard top (any noncotton top will work)
  • Neoprene footwear
  • Sun-shielding hat
  • Lightweight fleece jacket or vest (weather-dependent)
  • Spray jacket or rain jacket and pants (weather-dependent)

If conditions are colder than 60 F (especially the water), a wetsuit is also required.

Personal items: If you know your Ten Essentials, then many of these should be familiar:

  • Plenty of water
  • Snacks for energy, plus a lunch for longer tours
  • Sunscreen, lip balm and sunglasses (with a retainer)
  • First-aid kit
  • Signaling whistle
  • Watch (so you can give yourself plenty of time to get back)
  • Headlamp (in case you’re too slow getting back)
  • Dry bags (for things you don’t want to get wet)


Riverside Recreation is located in Forest County along the Allegheny River in West Hickory, PA.  We have an 8-mile canoe or kayak float on the Allegheny River from Tidioute to West Hickory which will take from 2 to 4 hours to complete.  A 10 mile and overnight floats are also available.  You will be shuttled up river to Tidioute or other designated boat launches and you will float to West Hickory.  This stretch of river is calm with a few ripples, a few deep sections and no white water.  It’s a very relaxing and enjoyable trip. Contact us today at 814-463-9235 or visit https://riversiderecpa.com/

Author: Riverside Recreation

Riverside Recreation opened in the summer of 2011 by Pam and Tim Sneeringer. We are located in Forest County along the Allegheny River in West Hickory, PA. Rustic River Front cabins are available to rent. One day rental is $55 or $100 for two days.

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