Welcome to the 2018 season

Our website will shortly be updated so that you can book and pay for your paddling online. Until then, reach us by phone, or by email at enquiries@chesterkayakhire.co.uk, where there will always be a prompt and friendly reply. See you on the river soon!

Tel: 01244 422007

Items you need to take on a kayak camping trip

One of the best things about the availability of kayaking, Chester residents are no doubt aware, is the ability to take a kayak camping trip.

Kayak camping is a popular outdoor pursuit in which participants use their boats to travel to a camping site and set up their tents. There are lots of places to do this in Chester and the Northwest, which makes it an ideal pastime for people here.

However, one needs to be really prepared if embarking upon such a trip. Proper preparation will result in a much more enjoyable – not to mention safer – kayak camping experience. Here’s a rough guide of the items you’ll need:

Trailer or rack

The first thing you will need to do is get a trailer or rack for your car or van. This will enable you to easily transport your kayak to your launch destination. Always check out the location beforehand, to ensure you’ll have a safe place to park before your trip.

Kayak and paddles

Of course, the next thing you’ll need to do is get a kayak. They can be expensive, so if you’re new to the sport, kayak hire in Chester is probably your best option. The kayak hire shop will be run by knowledgeable people who will be able to give you a lot of help along the way. It is always a good idea to bring along extra paddles in case you have an accident.

Packing the boat

It is important to pack your kayak before you load it up onto your vehicle. This will enable you to spend some time on the task, ensuring that you have equally distributed everything you need, so that your boat will remain upright during use. You should pack all of your supplies in dry, waterproof bags, to decrease the chances of them getting wet. It is also a good idea to make sure that as many of the items as possible are already water resistant, as there’s always a chance they’ll get wet anyway.

For the average kayak camping trip, you will need to bring, as a minimum:

• Water
• A means of purifying water
• Some form of shelter (a tent)

You will probably want to bring along a few more comforts besides though, especially in this country, where the weather is changeable. A sleeping bag, plenty of food and some warm, waterproof clothing is probably a good idea, although it is smart to pack a lightly as you possibly can.

Nonessential, but still desirable, would be a cooking stove, so you can enjoy a warm meal at the end of a day in the great outdoors, as well as utensils and cooking equipment, along with foods that are high in energy.

You will also want to be as comfortable as possible, so a toothbrush, hairbrush, cosmetics and personal hygiene products, and refuse sacks should also be added to your bags.

If you’re going to do a lot of exploring, a torch, map and compass are also essential.