Buddy system, quality PFD, whistle, VHF, PLB, first aid kit, bilge pump/sponge, compass, knife, pliers, scopolamine/dramamine etc, float plan, paddle leash, protective sun gear, extra food/water and re-entry practice. Feel free to add on anything I have missed.
Awesome thread! I am fairly new to kayaking and have a Slayer 14 for lakes/bays currently but have a Viking Profish Reload on layaway to go "longer, farther, faster" I have been doing my research so I don't get the wrong stuff and have to do "re-buy" on my gear for BTB. Every time, without exception, when I ask opinions on kayak fishing I am referred to this site! Great info! Thanks to all who contribute as it is a huge help to us new folks and very much appreciated!