Though toilet breaks are not usually a topic for polite conversation they can be a major source of discomfort for some paddlers.
The majority of experienced paddlers wear paddling shorts and either a Lycra or thermal long sleeved top. I have always used thermals and find it amazing how they can wick the sweat away and provide sun protection, yet keep you warm in winter.
Cotton clothing is generally not advised.
Sun protection is vital and I have seen many paddlers get in strife, because they failed to have a proper plan. My Plan consists of:
- Spraydeck / Sunshade
- Paddling Top
Bum pain occurs when the muscles of your buttocks are deprived of blood after being in a sitting position for a long time. It can be quite debilitating.
You need to find a system of prevention that suits you, so do plenty of long paddles in your training and work out a system that suits you.