Winter Clothing and Gear
If you live in the north and wish to paddle in weather cooler than 45 degrees, you need the proper protective gear. Dress for the water temperature, and not the air. Wear at least one thermal layer under whichever protective outer layer you choose. Always wear a lifejacket, especially when paddling alone.
A nice extra item to have is a insulated water bottle. It will keep your drink warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Stay away from bottles with a nipple or built in straw as it might freeze.
Finding and selecting the right gloves can be tricky, everyone has their own preference. Choose something at least water resistant and durable. Using mittens or lobster gloves can offer more warmth but less dexterity.
Cold weather kills batteries. You dont want to be caught 10 miles from home stranded on the bank with a dead cell phone. Bring along extra juice and also be able to take that extra selfie.