|What's inside each of our pockets: Sharon (left) and Alec (right).|
You can read about what they told us in the Summer/Fall 2011 issue of Adventure Kayak Magazine. What we carry depends considerably on where we are going and what we are doing. But here's what we nearly always carry in and on our PFDs. (We might add items in certain situations.)
- VHF radio
- waterproof camera
- white light
- lip balm
- grease pencil
- very small first aid kit
- very small boat repair kit
Alec: back-up reading glasses, hair ties.
Sharon: nose clips.
|View number two, with everything spread out.|
We were curious what our kit weighed, so we put it on a scale.
|Alec's kit weighs two pounds (32 oz.), without the plate.|
Carrying more kit does make a PFD heavier and bulkier, which is hard on your body, diminishes flexibility, weighs you down and makes it harder to self-rescue. Those are safety considerations. But needing something you can't access is also problematic.
Like everything else, there aren't any cut-and-dried answers. It's a judgment call. But it's a good idea to reconsider what you're carrying each time you go out and adjust it for the expected situation.
So what do you carry in and on your PFD?