As you plan your trip, keep in mind that the number one rule is using the Buddy System. It’s never smart to paddle alone or out of sight of others. Conditions can deteriorate rapidly, which is especially dangerous if you don't have back-up to help in case of an emergency. Most people that ultimately need rescue or assistance on the water are hypothermic, mainly because they get in over their heads paddling through stormy sea conditions & poor weather, or are unprepared and can’t stay warm and dry in camp. Adding extra days to your trip will help avoid feeling pressured to leave camp on an ugly weather day. Remember, even the best cold-weather kayakers will rarely venture out on their own.