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LIFE JACKET

Safety first. Wear a life jacket on any body of wa­ter, but es­pe­cially on the rough wa­ters of the Hud­son. A stan­dard vest will work, but con­sider one specif­i­cally for pad­dling that has less pad­ding around the shoul­ders. OUR PICK: AS­TRAL YTV, ASTRALDESIGNS.COM

DRY BOX

A small handy dry box to keep p things like phone and wal­let eas­ily ily ac­ces­si­ble will make com­mu­ni­ca­tion ica­tion and buy­ing lunch a whole lot eas­ier. OUR PICK: OTTERBOX 3250, 50, OTTERBOX.COM OTTERBOX.C

SUN PRO­TEC­TION P

Be­ware of the sun in all sea­sons. sea­son Not only does it come from ab above but it can burn you when it bounces off the wa­ter.

OUROUR PICK:PIC BLUE LIZARD AUS­TRALIAN AUS­TRA SUN­SCREEN SPORT, BLUELIZARD.NET

BOAT

Tra­di­tional ca­noes work great, but new pad­dlers are of­ten more com­fort­able in more sta­ble kayaks, some even use spray skirts to stay dry in waves. OUR PICK: • FIRST BOAT: OLD TOWN DIS­COV­ERY 169, • BOATER: WENONAH 17, WENONAH.COM • FOXWORX GUIDE PAD­DLE, FOXWORXPADDLE.COM

SAFETY GEAR

Check the rules in your lo­cal lo body of wa­ter. wa­ter De­pend­ing on boat boa length and lo­ca­tion, loca some mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties mun re­quire pad­dlers to bring brin whis­tles, ra­dios, ra­dio or even sig­nal sig flags. OUR PICK: WEST MA­RINE MAR VHF75 FLOAT­ING FL HAND­HELD HANDH RA­DIO, O, WESTMARINE.COM WESTM S CO M

DRY BAG CLOTH­ING

Wear gear that will dry quickly when it does in­evitably get wet. Wear san­dals or neo­prene booties, de­pend­ing on weather. Keep rain gear close, in­clud­ing rain pants, in case the wa­ter splashes or rain falls.

OUR PICKS:

• COLUMBIA PFG BA­HAMA II LONG-SLEEVE SHIRT, COLUMBIASPORTSWEAR. CO. ZA• PATAGONIA STRETCH WAVEFARER WALK SHORTS, PATAGONIA.COM

• KEEN EVOFIT ONE SAN­DALS, KEENFOOTWEAR. COM There is noth­ing worse than wear­ing wet clothes after a day on the wa­ter. Keep your gear in a dry bag to stay com­fort­able. Get it big enough to fit ev­ery­thing. OUR PICK: CABELA’S BOUNDARY WA­TERS DUF­FEL BAG,CABELAS.COM

Long ca­noe­ing trips are like any kind of trek: The de­gree of fun is di­rectly pro­por­tional to the qual­ity of prepa­ra­tion. Bring the right gear and you’ll have a great time, re­gard­less of con­di­tions.

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