Generally, it depends on weather conditions and what time of year you are out. Here are some tips for you who will paddle during the summer months.
- The head is the most exposed part of your body. It is nice with a cap or hat to protect against the sun and possible rain.
- On the upper body it is nice with a t-shirt closest to the body to avoid chafing from the life jacket and chapel. In addition, you can choose, depending on the weather, if you want a wind or rain jacket as well. Usually you get your heat up when paddling, so warm sweaters are rarely needed during the summer.
- The lower body is well protected by the kayak, so in the summer months it is usually enough with a pair of shorts or swimwear.
- On the feet it is nice to have some kind of shoes, as the kayak floor is cooled by the surrounding water (e.g., a pair of sneakers, bath shoes, or sandals works well).
- Your hands will become wet whatever you do. If it is hot outside, there is usually no need for mittens even though you get wet. On the other hand, if it is very windy, it can be a good idea with a pair of windproof gloves (e.g., cycling or running gloves). It is often the wind, in combination with the moist, which has the greatest cooling effect. A pair of vintage gloves helps quite well even if they get wet, as they still protect against the wind. If you are cold by yourself, or if it is lower temperature outside, a pair of neoprene gloves can be a good idea.
- If you are going to cross an open water, it is good to try to keep the group together. This way you will be easier to spot by boats, and you are close to each other if a friend gets into trouble and needs help.
- Before crossing open water, consult the map and look for the place where the distance to the other side is as short as possible. When you have arrived at your point of departure, identify a landmark on the other side that you can aim for (it can be a white stone, a high telemast, a red cabin, or something else that is easy to see). It is good with a landmark to follow, since you often drift sideways when crossing open water, and by having a fixed point to aim at you know that you are holding the right course. Before the crossing, gather the group together, look out for passing boats and ferry traffic, and then begin jointly to make your way over to the other side.
- In Sweden we have something called Right of Public Access. This is a statutory right that allows all people to stay in nature, even if the land is privately owned. However, you cannot do whatever you like—you have an obligation to take care of and be careful with the environment. This means, for example, that you are allowed to camp on an island owned by someone, but that you must not cut down trees, damage plants or animals, or otherwise destroy.
- A good guiding principle is to "travel invisibly." That is, it should not appear that someone has been at the place when you packed up and leave from there.
- Keep in mind that the Right of Public Access does not apply to land that is directly adjacent to buildings—so you must not pitch the tent on someone's lawn!
- You can learn more about the Swedish Right of Public Access here.
- Everyone needs to go to the bathroom, even when you are out in nature. For everyone's sake, it is important that you take care of what you leave, so that others do not have to see it.
- The easiest way is to bring a small garden spade with which you dig a pit. You do your thing in the pit (it's ok to leave paper in the pit, because it is biodegradable), and then re-fill the pit again.
- Just as with the Right to Public Access, a good guiding principle is to "travel invisibly"—preferably no one should know that you have used the spot when you're done!
Bring all garbage back—leave nothing that is not biodegradeable. There are recycling possibilities in the marina. If you have forgotten your own garbage bag, ask the staff at Get Out.
It is very cozy to sit around a bonfire in the evening. Unfortunately, it is often very dry during large parts of the summer, which increase the risk of wildfires. When it is especially dry outdoors, a general ban on making fires can also be imposed in Sweden. At these times it is forbidden to start a fire, even if you build a proper fireplace first. To be sure to adhere to any fire bans, as well as reduce the risk of wildfires in general, Get Out Kayak strongly recommends that you do not light any fires while out kayaking. If you have any questions regarding lighting of fires, please ask the Get Out Kayak staff before you set out.
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