Try to anticipate your needs during the coming day.
Having a Plan
Discuss the plan for the day among the group. When everyone knows how far it will be between the planned rest stops, where and when the group will land, and what the options are if the weather changes or someone gets sick, it is much easier to keep the group together and make safe decisions.
Mapping it Out
From driving a car, you already know how to read a map, find the map scale to measure distance, figure speed, travel time, and direction. And you gauge your progress by taking note of landmarks you pass along the way. All you need to learn to navigate a kayak is how to read a nautical chart or topographic map and how to use a compass.
Dress for paddling in clothing that keeps you warm when you and your clothing are wet. Some paddling conditions call for a wetsuit. The best wetsuit for paddling is a Farmer John style sleeveless suit that won't chafe your armpits. Neoprene boots and sandals make the best footwear. Take time to adjust the foot braces and the seat to fit you.