HOW TO DRESS AND GET READY FOR KAYAKING
Kayaking can be really easy and fun. You don’t have to bring previous experience or specific physical conditions to paddle with us. All you need is to be able to swim. You will get fully instructed before the tour and the rest you will learn quick – our tours are suitable even for beginners. Are you an experienced paddler? Even better! However, if you’re coming for a day trip of just few hours of paddling with us, you probably will not bring your paddling clothes and neoprene boots. If you do – it’s great of course. But here are our suggestions on what to wear and what to bring if you are not specifically prepared for kayaking:
- First and most important – wear quick dry clothes. Cotton t-shirts and jeans might feel very comfortable when dry, but once they get wet they give you a cold feeling. It’s not that bad on asunny and warm summer day, but might be very unpleasant in the cooler days. Synthetic materials such as polyester is a much better choice.
- On a sunny day nothing beats a t-shirt, shorts (again, synthetic materials first) and sandals or even flip flops. You can wear a pair of sneakers or trainers too, but there’s always a 50/50 chance, that at some point you will step out in to the water and will have wet feet for the next few hours.
- Wear a hat or cap and sunglasses on a sunny day. And don’t forget your sunscreen – it is essential while you’re on the water without any chance to hide from the sun.
- Take your swimming suit with you – there will be few wild beaches on the way (especially in Trakai) and clear water that sometimes can hit up to 25°C!
- Always have a waterproof rain jacket. Even on a sunny day it might be very useful when it comes to unexpected short showers. We use spray skirts on our tours, so you dont have to worry about your lower part as it stays dry, but the rain jacket is of the essentials. Rain is something rather common than exotic in Lithuania and you probably want to explore the landscapes in typical local weather conditions too 🙂 TIP: Photos taken on kayak tours during the rain are always the best to remember!
- On cooler days take a warm layer – fleece jacket is ideal as well as some synthetic outdoor trousers. A basic underwear layer of wool, polyester or polypropylene is a good choice too, if you have a chance. Remember, that you gonna wear a life jacket on top and do some active paddling, so you can count one layer less than you would wear for a light walk on land. Rain jacket or any other additional layer can be used during the stops, especially on the windy days. Also, some waterproof
boots, even for hiking + wool or synthetic socks would be very useful.
- Bring a set of clothes to change if you get wet. We will give you a dry bag and you can carry them with you in the storage space of the kayak.
- You can take your camera, phone or any non-waterproof valuables with you – you will have a waterproof bag for your stuff. However, at least on our guided tours it is recommended to keep your camera safe in the bag while on the water. The guide will take pictures during the tour and you will get them sent to your email after.
- And last but not least – an insect repellent. Well, if you forget your own, you can use our too. Mosquitos and ticks are most active during the late spring and summer months.
So, that’s it. And now come and have fun on the water!
HOW TO KEEP YOURSELF WARM IN WINTER
Winter gives plenty of unique opportunities to explore frozen landscapes and see the landmarks in a different light. While in Lithuania we rather have mild nordic winters and the temperatures mostly vary between -5°C and +5°C, there are still some prolonged periods of lower temperatures up to -25°C, cold winds, snowfall and everything what can make the planned trip challenging, but also very beautiful. We will bring some hot tea for short breaks during the winter activities, but to be fully prepared we advise you to follow few general tips that makes your adventure way more comfortable:
- Wear a thermal base layer/underwear. The layer closest to your body will give you a great warm feeling and keeps you dry and comfortable even during intense activities such as kick sledding.
- Protect your hands with warm (and ideally wind resistant) gloves or mitts. Even if you can handle cold weather just great, take a part in an intense activity and feel warm and comfortable, bare hands can freeze very fast in subzero temperatures and/or freezing winds. This can cause and earlier finish of the trip than expected and you can possibly miss some of the most beautiful remote parts of the tour. Wearing gloves will prevent that.
- Dress warm but do not overdress. A thick polartec, fleece top or wool sweater will be great in any conditions so as a thicker wind resistant jacket. Warm down jacket will be probably great on slow snowshoe hikes, but will make you sweat while kick sledding – this is an activity can be more physical intense than cross-country skiing and ice skating and way more than downhill skiing.
- Winter boots are great. We will probably go off-road on the snowshoe hikes and you will will wish your shoes to be water resistant and warm. On the kick sled trips we will provide you with on-shoe crampons so that you will not slip even if the sole of your shoe is rather flat.
- You can be flexible with trousers, even if you wear jeans, we will provide you with gaiters, to keep your legs dry and warm. But breathable and waterproof ski/snow/outdoor trousers are always welcome of course.
- Head and neck wear helps you to feel more comfortable and depends on you. As for outdoor activities we suggest you to wear something like marino wool scarf and a beanie or similar.
- If your hands are sensitive to cold, it might be good to use some kind of winter type of hand cream for more comfort.
- Even if we usually do not have to many sunny days in the wintertime – sometimes it happens! And then there’s nothing better than have sunglasses to enjoy the views of shiny snowy landscapes.
Did we forget something? Oh yes, bring your fingers crossed for lots of snow and great thick ice!