Kayaking

Challenge the thrill-seeker in you or satisfy the nature lover bourgeoning within – by gliding across shimmering turquoise water bodies on a kayak. Set sail on an exciting ride across lakes and rivers with Adventure XP and experience nature at its finest, as you paddle by spectacular species of birds and fish coexisting in their habitat.



Recommended Kit-List:





• Dry Bags
These are flexible containers which seal in a watertight manner. (Recommended brands)



• Neoprene footwear
Allow quick dry and comfort. (Recommended brands)

• Socks
Wool or synthetic socks play a critical role in keeping your feet comfortable and dry. (Recommended brands)



• Swimwear, shorts, or convertible pants (Recommended brands)
• Rashguard top, moisture-wicking T-shirt, or long-sleeve shirt (Recommended brands)
• Fleece jacket or vest in cold weather (Recommended brands)
• Spray jacket or rain jacket in rainy weather (Recommended brands)



• Dry suit or top in very cold weather (Recommended brands)
• Sun-shielding hat (Recommended brands)
• Bandana or buff (Recommended brands)
• Paddling gloves (Recommended brands)
• Sunglasses (Recommended brands)
• Sunscreen



What NOT TO DO before Kayaking

• Do not wear denim jeans or cotton tees
 Cotton holds onto water and can keep you feeling sweaty in hot temperatures.(Recommended brands)

• Do not wear flip-flops
 Flip-flops do not offer the optimum amount of protection required for your feet during kayaking. (Recommended brands)

• Do not consume sugary sodas, caffeinated drinks, or alcoholic beverages
 These drinks can be dehydrating, mind-altering, and diuretics. (Recommended brands)



Food to carry

Light but high energy food such as:

• Nuts are the best option as they have fats, proteins, and carbohydrates that can provide sustainable energy.

• Fruits as they are packed with liquid and can help in staying hydrated.

• Energy bars and trail mix are nutritious snacks that can provide sustainable energy.

• Salty snacks as they replace the salt lost via perspiration and prevent hyponatremia, which is a lack of sodium in the bloodstream caused by drinking excess water.

How to stay hydrated

The adult human body is about 60 percent water, and even light exercise can deplete that percentage, leaving you feeling crummy and interfering with your athletic performance. So, whether you’re hiking, biking, skiing, running, climbing or simply strolling across town, it’s important to hydrate properly.

How much to drink

This depends on various factors like – the activity you’re undertaking, intensity level, duration, weather, and your sweat rate. A standard recommendation is about a half liter of water per hour of moderate activity in moderate temperatures. However, strenuous hiking in high heat may require 1 liter of water or more per hour.


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Tips for staying hydrated

• Keep water handy
For activities like hiking and mountain biking, stash a bottle somewhere accessible, like a mesh pocket on the side of your backpack.

• Drink often
Rather than chugging water intermittently, take several smaller sips to continually remain hydrated.

• Replace electrolytes
you lose electrolytes when you sweat and losing too many can hamper your performance. Hence, focus mainly on replacing sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium by consuming an electrolyte replacement sport drink. (link for recommended brands)

• Pre-hydrate
Drink at least 17–20 fl. oz. of water about two hours before heading out for hiking.

Signs of improper hydration

Early signs:
• Thirst
• Dry mouth
• Depleted energy

More serious symptoms:
• Cramps
• Headaches
• Nausea
• Stumbling, mumbling, grumbling and fumbling
• Dark urine with less volume
• Low energy performance

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Thank you so much for today. It had been by far my favorite adventure this year - Ella Collins Fitness