What to wear for a sunny kayak day
Kayaking is a very relaxing and fun sport; in which you can enjoy a walk in the calm or turbulent waters of the river, and even in the waters of the sea.
Being an outdoor sport and where radiation and other climatic factors are not softened by trees, palms, or other types of vegetation, it is necessary to always be protected so as not to ruin this experience or deteriorate your health.
Especially on days where high temperatures are felt, this can cause you to burn your skin, and even after that, you acquire diseases and spots. For this reason, we have compiled some tips where you will know what clothes you should wear for a sunny day of kayaking.
Essential equipment on hot sunny days for kayaking
Sunscreen: Regardless of whether the day is sunny, cloudy, or cold, it is mandatory that you use sunscreen; since in any case the rays of the sun are present; Even if you don’t feel it, they affect your skin causing serious consequences in the short, medium and long term.
For these reasons, I recommend that you always wear it and apply it to the areas of your body that are most exposed to the sun, such as the arms, shoulders, back, neck, face, head (in case of having a completely shaved style), and legs.
Cap or hat with large brims: A cap or hat will help you completely cover your face from UV rays and even protect you from unpredictable rains.
Glasses: Preferably use glasses whose glass is approved; which will guarantee that your eyes are completely protected from the sun and allows you to dim the light, which will make your navigation vision less forced and much clearer.
Long-sleeved shirts: This type of clothing will help you protect your arms, shoulders, chest, and back from solar radiation, of course, always apply the respective sunscreen before dressing. Check that the fabric is light and fresh because with high temperatures it is better to allow the breeze to pass through your shirt and cool your body, without allowing the harmful rays to cause unwanted effects.
Today, there are shirts with “smart” fabrics that adapt to any environment, protect you from the sun when it is hot, and repel moisture and high temperatures on cold days.
Water-resistant shoes: Shoes resistant to water and extreme temperatures, whether high or low, will allow your feet to be fully protected since no water will enter that can wet them and even cause fungi or possible colds; It also takes care of them from receiving solar rays and the intense heat that they generate.
With the right shoes, you can prevent the high temperatures from rising through your body through your feet and you start to feel fatigued or tired, having to stop sailing sooner than expected because your body can no longer resist; or you can even get dizzy from the great temperatures you receive.
Anti-slip gloves: These gloves, although considered optional by many kayakers, can be very helpful to prevent the paddle from constantly slipping due to the water.
In this way, you can feel safe in each stroke and not lose your balance or the course that you have traced to make your navigation route.
Equipment: It is necessary that in each adventure you do, you have the necessary accessories for your kayak, and that you have the following implements to guarantee the enjoyment of the practice and your safety as a crew member:
It is mandatory to have among your tools a first aid kit with alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, gauze, pills for dizziness, headaches, adhesives, cotton, band-aids; even for sunny days, a little vinegar is not too much.
These vinegar tips we give you since it can be used to make your body temperature drop, placing it with a cloth on your forehead and passing it all over your body, in case you do not have a cloth you can use your hands and little by little fill you with it; In addition, in case of intense burns on the skin (such as sunstroke), it acts as a refresher.
Always carry enough water to hydrate yourself, as well as energy bars or fruits rich in potassium, such as banana, and that provide a large number of vitamins such as orange since it will make you regain energy and you can feel full in each movement that the execution entails of this sport.
Always have spare clothing in your briefcase in the case for any reason it gets wet, dirty, and even the clothing that you are already wearing is torn or damaged in any way.
Always carry what you really need, don’t practice this loaded sport; because you need to have the greatest freedom to move and maintain balance. This way you will avoid turning around.
Make sure that you are always accompanied, and that the people who are with you also take the security measures, remember that they are a team, and the injury that one of them, can damage your navigation and cause everyone to live an unpleasant experience.