There’s nothing worse than going on a trip and arriving at your destination only to realize that you forgot something important. For this reason, I decided to help make things easier for everyone. I created a checklist that you can use to help make sure that you don’t forget anything.
Please remember that these are guidelines. There may be things that you may want to add or remove that are not on the list.
CANOE Canoe Paddles PFDs with whistles (one for every person in the canoe) Safety kit (bailer, floating throw line) Map Dry bag (for map, compass, etc.) Yoke pad Spare paddle Satellite phone (can be rented) Signal device (flares, mirror)
EQUIPMENT Waterproof matches, lighter or fire starter (in waterproof container) Knife or multi-tool First-aid kit Waterproof packs (packs lined with garbage bags will work) Daypacks Waterbottles Water filter Water purification tablets (when you’re in the canoe and the filter is packed, these are a great substitute)
Energy food (snacks, trail mix)
CAMP EQUIPMENT Tent Tarp Sleeping bag Sleeping pad Meals and snacks Stove or burner and fuel Cookware (pot and frying pan) Utensils (sporks, knives) Plates, bowls and cups (plastic or aluminum) Bug repellant (with DEET) Bug net or shirt Toilet paper and hand sanitizer (kept in a Ziploc or dry bag) Hand sanitizer Headlamp or flashlight (and extra batteries) Biodegradable soap (for dishes and bathing)
Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, etc)
The clothes that you take will depend on when you go, so use your best judgement and make sure that you check the forecast before you go Hiking boots or old sneakers (something with good treads that won’t slip on wet surfaces) Dry shoes (to wear around the campsite because your hiking boots WILL get wet) Wide-brimmed hat (nylon or straw) Fleece or a warm sweater (nothing too bulky) Long-sleeved shirt Moisture-wicking T-shirts Socks (bring more than you think you need) Toque (colder weather) Bandana or Buff Swimsuit Synthetic convertible pants or a pair of pants and shorts (don\'t bring jeans or any heavy fabric that won’t dry) Rain gear (jacket and pants) Windbreaker Synthetic gloves (cooler weather)
OPTIONAL Camera Bungee cords (great for making clothes lines, bundling firewood, tying up annoying trip mates, etc) Fishing rod & tackle Binoculars Duct tape (If there’s something that it can’t fix, please let me know) Sunglasses