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Canoe Trip Packing List

Chandramita Bora

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A canoe trip can be an exciting and refreshing adventure for anyone, though packing for such a trip can become quite difficult at times. So, find out a packing list here.

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If you are looking for an exciting adventure, then a canoe trip can be the one for you. However, the success of this trip depends on proper planning, that can help make the trip systematic and enjoyable. So, consider to do some research on the basics of canoe camping, and the best time of the year for such a trip.

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You should also collect some preliminary information about the various routes so as to find out the one that is well-traveled by other canoeists. If you are going on a trip for the first time, it is advisable to look for a good travel agent.
The next important part of your preparation is packing, which however is the most confusing part. So, here is a packing list for you.

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What to Pack for a Canoe Trip?

While packing for a trip, include the needy things that are required for a trip or camping. The weight of the luggage is a major to consider, and so is the available space. Careful and systematic packing help you include all the necessary things, while minimizing the weight and size of your luggage. Spend time to figure out the important things to include.

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While packing your clothes, take into consideration the duration of the trip, as well as the weather conditions. In general, consider the following items.

Clothing and Accessories

Light weight long sleeve T-shirt

✦ Fleece jacket
✦ Short sleeve T-shirt (one for each day and two additional)
✦ Long and short pants (quick drying)


✦ Lightweight sneakers
✦ Wide-brimmed hat
✦ Bandana

Lightweight hiking boots

✦ Bathing suits
✦ Slippers
✦ Wool or quick drying socks

Rain suit or hooded rain jacket

Rain pants

✦ Paddling gloves
✦ Undergarments (one for each day and two additional)
✦ Bug shirt
Following are the most important equipment that you will need, if you are going on a canoe trip for a couple of days.

Equipment List

✦ Tent
✦ Strainer

Spare paddle


Camping gear

Sleeping bag

Sleeping pad


✦ Zip-lock plastic bags
✦ Water bucket (Collapsible)
✦ Water containers
✦ Vinyl ground sheet or ground cloth


✦ Carabiner
✦ Yoke pads
✦ Kitchen knife

Mini binoculars

Throwable flotation device

Maps and charts


✦ Personal flotation device
✦ Dish washing items
✦ Whistle

Water filter

Dry bags

Bungee cords or net

✦ Knee pads
✦ Matches or waterproof lighter
✦ Bailer with lanyard
✦ Camp stove and fuel
✦ Canoe float bags
✦ Canoe cart

Rope bag

Other Items

In a canoe trip, you will also need toiletries and a few other items, which are enlisted here.
✦ Sunscreen
✦ Skin lotion
✦ Nail clipper

Dental floss

✦ Soap (biodegradable)
✦ Toothpaste and toothbrush
✦ Brush or comb
✦ Contact lens fluid
✦ Small notebook, journal (optional) ✦ Cup, plate, spoon, and fork
✦ Pots and pot lifter
✦ Feminine hygiene items
✦ Deodorant
✦ Paper towels
First aid kit
✦ Spatula
✦ Coffee pot or tea kettle
✦ Shaving kit
Along with all these items, make sure that you have the permit and the reservation confirmation letter, driver's license, identity proof, mobile, cash, fishing license, and other important documents and their copies before leaving for the trip.
In addition to the listed items here, you may need a few other things while going on a canoe trip. Contact your local canoeing association to get a better idea about how to prepare for such a trip.