5 Must-Haves for Personal Watercraft Excursions: Oru Kayak Edition

Posted by Bixpy on Feb 6th 2024

5 Must-Haves for Personal Watercraft Excursions: Oru Kayak Edition

We are excited to announce that we just launched an adapter for your Oru Kayak and our K-1 Motor! While you prepare for your next motorized day on the water in your Oru Kayak, here are a few things you might want to pack:

As the warmer months approach, there's nothing more enticing than spending the day out on the water, exploring nature, and taking in the sun's golden rays. If you're a proud owner of an Oru Kayak or any personal watercraft, you understand the freedom and adventure that awaits each time you hit the open water. However, preparation is key to ensure not only a memorable day but also a safe one. Here are five must-haves for your next watercraft excursion.

A Life Jacket is a Life Saver

When embarking on a watercraft excursion, it's critical to prioritize safety. The unpredictability of water conditions and potential for sudden fatigue makes wearing a life jacket a non-negotiable necessity, regardless of how strong a swimmer you may be. When choosing a life jacket, ensure it has been approved by the coast guard and fits snugly yet allows freedom of arm movement. A well-fitted life jacket should feel secure without restricting your paddle strokes. Additionally, consider selecting a jacket in a bright color. Not only will this add a touch of fun to your water gear, but it significantly increases your visibility, making it easier for you to be spotted in the water.

Bixpy man paddling wearing life jacket

Keep Yourself Hydrated with a Water Bottle

While engaging in the physical exertion of paddling your Oru Kayak, you'll find yourself perspiring and losing body water. To counteract this, maintaining hydration is vital. Bringing along a reusable water bottle or hydration bladder allows you to constantly replenish your body's water content, ensuring you stay energetic and focused. Opt for insulated water bottles, which have the added benefit of keeping your water cool for extended periods, providing a more invigorating refreshment. To prevent your water source from floating away during your adventure, securely fasten it within your kayak's bungee cords or other accessible spots. This way, your water source is just a quick grab away when needed.

Man using Bixpy motor in kayak

Don't Forget the Sun Protection

Being out on the water exposes you to the sun’s UV rays more directly, with added reflection from the water’s surface. This makes adequate sun protection absolutely crucial. Start by putting on a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30 rating, ensuring that you reapply it every two hours for maximum protection. Shield your eyes from harmful UV rays and glare off the water with a good pair of sunglasses. It's also a good idea to bring along a hat or a buff to provide cover for your head and neck. Choose sun protection gear specifically created for water-based activities, which can better withstand water and sweat exposure.

Man in Kayak with Bixpy motor

First Aid Kit for Unexpected Emergencies

It's never pleasant to imagine anything going awry during your peaceful paddle, but it's essential to be equipped for any unexpected incidents. This is where a compact, waterproof first-aid kit comes into play. It's a lifesaver in treating small injuries or providing initial aid for more serious ones until professional help arrives. Your kit should be stocked with basic supplies like band-aids, gauze, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, and readily available pain relievers. Don't forget to include any personal medication and location-specific items you might need, such as snake bite kits or antihistamines to handle allergic reactions. It's all about being proactive rather than reactive when it comes to safety on your watercraft excursions.

Man fishing in kayak using Bixpy motor

Navigational Tools to Find Your Way

Classic tools, like a compass and waterproof map, are dependable resources. Yet, the advancements in modern technology have brought us useful gadgets such as GPS devices and kayaking-specific apps for smartphones. These tools aid you in monitoring your current position, planning your journey, and even keeping you updated on water conditions. It's important to safeguard your electronic devices using waterproof cases and consider carrying a portable charger to keep your devices powered up. Be sure to test your devices before use. Oftentimes on the water you won’t have a signal so ensure that your app can work without being connected to the internet.

Man talking on the phone in kayak

With these five things stowed away in your kayak, your trip should be a fun — and prepared — one! Do you have an Oru Kayak but have not put a motor on it yet? Shop our Oru Kayak Adapter Kit today!