“So, what do you wear when you kayak?” I hear this question a bunch, sometimes out of general curiosity and sometimes (yes, I can tell by the earnest look) because somebody is trying to picture themselves doing this thing. I am here to tell you it’s easier and more complicated than I ever would have expected.
If you are chunky, thick, a big girl or just concerned about thigh rub, trust me, its not always an easy answer. There was a time in my life when I let something so small as what would I wear to participate in that activity be the very reason I never tried said activity. Well, friends, that time has passed.
I am sick and tired of my size being the reason I don’t do things. On the kayak, certain things make more sense than others. If you are only going to be out for an hour or so, you can totally pull this off in your bathing suit, be it bikini or swim trunks and a top. I tend to go for 6+ hours, though, so that wasn’t going to cut it. When you throw in how frequently my kayaking is done in the ocean, well…let’s just say the search for reasonable clothes was a THING.
While frustrating to not be able to shop in the women’s section typically, it is nice that these items are available in colors that I like. The truth is a LOT of guys’ fishing gear is in pretty colors for whatever reason! So don’t let that stop you from going out and getting in a kayak!
Do you have tips or tricks to share for big girls who want to kayak? Share them in the comments!