One thing I wish I new before I bought my first setup was about the different types of kayak holders. Not so much about the base rack as there all very similar. Thule and Yakima are top brands. Now the kayak holders themselves. There are Jbar but they require you to pick up the kayak up over your head and set it down into the jbars from side of car. If you have a heavy kayak its not so easy after a long paddle.
Then there are different types that allow you to slide the kayak on from the back of car onto a kayak holder. Much easier to do as you only need to pick up one end of kayak at a time. Then there are things that pick the whole kayak up from the side and have a mechanical assist that picks up most of the weight of the kayak. Thule Hullavator is one which I have seen on a Prius. So decide if picking up a kayak over head is ok for you.
PFD's (Life Jackets)
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