It’s been a record year for kayak sales due to COVID-19 and quarantine pushing people to find new ways to get outdoors while staying socially distant. Whether you’re new to kayaking or a seasoned pro, there’s no denying it’s the perfect hobby during current times (and will be long after!)
As Fall approaches, it’s time to start looking ahead from this year to ‘yakking in 2021. Now that you’ve secured your kayak, let’s set you up with some cool accessories to make your paddling adventures even more fun.
Our 2021 guide to the best kayak accessories lays out what additions will keep you having fun in the sun for the entire year to come.
Best Kayak Accessories 2021
- Oru Kayak x NRS Life Jacket
- Yakgrips Paddle Grips
- Lixada Kayak Canopy
- Oru Kayak Paddle
- Bonnlo Universal Kayak Carrier
- GYMTOP Waterproof Kayak Cover
- Luci Inflatable Solar Lights
- Yakuzzi Kayak Cup Holder
- HEETA Waterproof Dry Bag
- Perception Splash Tankwell Cooler
Safety first! You should never kayak without a PFD and, thanks to Oru Kayak, you don’t have to. Oru teamed up with NRS, the industry leader in high-performance kayaking gear, to make the only life jacket you’ll need from now on.
Paddling is a fun way to stay active, but it can also do a number on your hands. Luckily, Yakgrips has you covered.
These quality, cushioned paddle grips make boating more enjoyable because of their soft, durable material that reduces aching and fatigue, as well as blisters and calluses.
Kayak canopy shades are a great way to protect yourself from the sun (and sometimes rain). It makes staying in the kayak for long periods of time much more comfortable.
The frame is lightweight, with poles connected with shock cord. It comes in a nice storage bag. It’s a great pick if you want some cost-effective protection for your recreational or fishing kayak.
What’s a kayak without a paddle? Specifically an Oru Kayak paddle.
The Oru Paddle breaks down into four pieces, so it’s really easy to stow away in your home or vehicle. It has a lightweight fiberglass shaft and super-tough ABS plastic blades.
And this paddle is truly customizable: it has a quick-clamp connector that allows you to adjust both the length of the paddle and the feather angles of the blades.
This sturdy, reliable kayak cart allows you to easily transport your kayak, boasting a carrying capacity of up to 165lbs.
Not only is it strong enough to carry your yak, but it’s also easy to assemble with no tools required. The cart then breaks back down for easy and convenient storage or transport.
The Bonnlo Universal cart comes with two 7.75 ft ratchet straps so can safely secure your kayak, no matter the size.
The GYMTOP kayak cover is made of sun ray reflecting and 300D oxford taffeta material. This means it’s durable, UV-resistant, waterproof, and anti-dust. It basically makes your kayak invincible!
Not only does this cover protect your kayak against the element while you’re out and about, but it’s also great off-season storage to protect from dust, moisture, or insects.
Are you a night paddler? Don’t blame you, paddling at night is pure magic. Luci makes your night outings even more magical with their inflatable solar lanterns.
The Luci lights are 100% solar-powered and only take a few hours to charge. Each light can be inflated in seconds, then deflated after your trip.
Simple to use (and just really cool), these lights are a must-have if you like to kayak at night or pre-sunrise.
When you’re out on the water, you gotta stay hydrated.
Now you can bring your favorite drinks on your kayak outings using the Yakuzzi kayak cup holder. It’s super easy to you use — just clip the insulated drink holder onto your kayak and you’ve got a sturdy place to hold your bottles or cans.
Plus, the koozie part of the holder can be removed and clipped onto your backpack or belt for easy transport. Score.
Using professional seamless technology, the HEETA dry bag has waterproof capability, making sure to keep your items and valuables dry when you’re kayaking.
Made by 0.02-inch thick wear-resistant material, this bag nicely adapts to all kinds of weather and environments and can even be used for out-of-the-water outdoor activities.
Made by one of the most reliable kayak brands out there, Perception Kayaks, this cooler is designed to fit in the open storage area known as the tank well. The 1⁄2 inch insulating foam keeps drinks and food cold all day, and a zippered opening on top provides the ultimate convenience when accessing drinks and food.
The cooler’s water-resistant zipper, water-proof materials, and RF-welded internal seams keep splash and rain out. Heavy duty material on bottom panel provides added durability.
Its convenient backpack-style straps and handle make this cooler easy to transport and allows it to be used for picnics and off-water outings as well.
The Splash Tank Well Cooler fits most Perception kayak models, as well as most models from other kayak brands.