So there you are, out kayaking in cold weather. Lets say you roll your kayak. What to do, the water is darn cold!!
Here is a simple suggestion for a Fire-starter Kit you can easily build and keep in your kayak storage compartment for emergency.
1) One Flint & Steel (Flint & Steel will work even if it gets wet, waterproof matches will do too)
2) One sheet of News Paper
3) An Emergency Blanket
4) A sheet or two of Paper Towel
5) Popsicle Sticks
6) Fire-starter Sticks
7) A small Waterproof Bag to put it all in
Take all the loose items and wrap them in a couple sheets of paper towel or toilet paper then wrap this in a sheet of Newspaper Put the package into the small Waterproof Bag take a felt marker and write on the bag "EMERGENCY FIRESTARTER KIT". Put the bag in the storage compartment of your kayak and leave it there. It won't weigh much and could save your life.
In an emergency situation it can be hard to think quickly and your mobility may be compromised from the cold, but if you can quickly build a fire and get warm this will increase your chances of survival. Another good item to have is a small survival kit.
An other thing to keep in mind Pine Needles, dry or green, have turpentine in them and will burn at a very high temperature and help your fire get hot in a hurry. Pine cones also burn well make good coals for cooking. YOU DO NOT NEED FIREWOOD as long as there are pine trees around. Remember you want a quick hot fire.
This is only a suggested list, add to it if you wish but keep it simple and remember where it is in your boat.
"Expect The Unexpected" Paddle safe!
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