How Do You Stack Kayaks in a Truck Bed?

Kayaks are a great way to enjoy a day out on the water, but transporting them can be tricky. Packing kayaks into the back of a truck is one of the most popular ways to get them safely from point A to point B. There are some basic guidelines that you should follow when stacking kayaks in a truck bed to ensure they remain safe during transit.

Loading Your Kayaks

The first step in loading your kayaks into the back of your truck is to make sure you have enough room. If you don’t have enough space, you’ll need to adjust accordingly. You’ll also want to make sure you have enough padding or blankets that you can use to protect your kayaks and keep them from sliding around.

Next, you’ll want to decide which direction your kayaks should face when loading them into the truck bed. Generally, it’s best to place them lengthwise so that they fit snugly against each other and fill up as much space as possible. Make sure that each kayak is securely fastened in place, either with straps or bungee cords.

Stacking Your Kayaks

When it comes time to stack your kayaks in the truck bed, there are two main options: side by side or on top of each other. Stacking two kayaks side-by-side is generally easier and more stable than stacking them one on top of the other.

For stacking two kayaks side by side, start by laying down a large tarp or blanket across the entire width of the truck bed. This will help protect both your vehicle and your kayaks from scratches and dings during loading and unloading. Place one kayak on one side of the tarp and then place another on top of it.

To safely stack two kayaks one on top of the other, start by tying off both ends of each boat with bungee cords or straps to secure them together. You can then use additional straps or bungee cords to tie them off at various points along their length for added stability. Finally, use foam blocks or blankets between each boat for cushioning.


Stacking kayaks in a truck bed may seem intimidating at first but following these simple steps will ensure that they stay safe during transit while taking up minimal space. Be sure to always secure the boats firmly with straps or bungee cords and use padding between any stacked boats for extra protection.

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Karen Watkins