Kayaking is a great way to relax out in nature, but there’s nothing less relaxing than figuring out how you’re going to get your kayak down to the water. In this blog we’re going to give you a quick overview of how to tie your kayak down in the bed of your pickup truck. The best part of this method is that you’ll only need two tie down straps per kayak to do it, making it by far the cheapest transport option, if you don’t include the cost of your truck that is.

To start out, you’ll want to put your kayak into the bed of the truck. Duh, right? Well, there’s a little finesse here. You’ll want to angle the yak so that it is pushed into one of the corners at a diagonal. This will put as much of the body of the kayak into the bed as possible and help it stay in place.

From there, feed the loose end of your tie down strap through your trucks anchor point and feed that end over the top and through two secure points on your kayak. Either the side carry handles or scupper holes will do in most cases. You’re just looking to make sure that the kayak won’t move side to side with this strap. Now feed the strap through the anchor point on the opposite side. Push the release mechanism on the buckle side of the strap to open the teeth and feed the loose end through the bottom. Position the buckle against the side of your kayak and pull tight to secure. After that you’re going to repeat this process with a second strap, but using the rear carry handle this time to prevent the kayak from moving forward or back.

The straps need to be snug, but not overly tight to keep your kayak in place. If your kayak extends more than 3 feet past the end of your truck, make sure to tie a red safety flag to the end to comply with most road safety laws.