Most single touring-style kayaks require some learning and kit to do self-rescues on. The basic tool that most start with is a paddle float and a way to drain the boat (usually a bilge pump). You can try to learn this on your own by watching youtube videos (search on "paddle float rescue"), but classes could speed up the process.
You may want some sort of thermal protection, being in Michigan which I assume has some pretty chilly water right now. Wet suit (3 mm farmer john/jane style is most common) and paddle jacket is the low cost way in to allow you a bit of safety should you take a dump in cold water (and be useful to allow you to practice rescues more comfortably).
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