Howdy! I made the following post last April... and with paddling season essentially here... at least in the south!... I thought it would be a good idea to "re-post" my paddling gear list. So here is a list of what I always pack for short 2-4 hour day paddles on flat water.
Take a look... leave some comments and let me know if I'm missing any essential gear. Let's compare lists!
Update 4/14/2011 - The BaffinPaddler was "first in" with 5 additional items to the gear list! Thanks! Who else?
Mike's Paddling Gear List
PFD (wear it always)
Pump or bailing device
Throw rope or towing line
Spare paddle (strapped to deck)
Sun screen (apply before paddle and carry on boat)
Waterproof camera w/ spare battery (or camera in a dry bag)
Change of clothes (dry bag)
First aid kit
Water resistant paddling pants (or shorts) depending on temperature
Water resistant socks
2-3 water bottles