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Canoe Trip Checklists to Help You Plan

Checklist of Personal Gear for Canoe Camping

Compliments of Pastor Don Eslinger. (See Tapping the Magic: Leading Youth Groups in the Wilderness for a bit about Pastor Eslinger.)

Goal: Total weight of what you carry should not exceed 13 pounds!

The amount of personal gear that an individual may take on a wilderness experience is limited by the fact that all gear must be packed and carried. Since two persons will share a Duluth pack for personal gear and group members will be carrying each other's gear over the portage, the bulk and weight of an individual's personal gear becomes a matter of group concern. Each person must decide what is important for him/her to be comfortable and content in the wilderness. The following checklist is given to help in the decision-making process.

  • _____ Long pants (jeans, etc.)
  • _____ Short pants
  • _____ T-shirts or blouses
  • _____ Head Covering
  • _____ Long-sleeved shirt
  • _____ Underclothes
  • _____ Socks
  • _____ Shoes which give ankle support
  • _____ Lightweight shoes for campsite use
  • _____ Windproof lightweight jacket
  • _____ Swimming suit
  • _____ Sleeping wear
  • _____ Old pair of tennies for swimming

 

Keep in mind, it can be cold out of doors, even in the warmest months of the year (especially when it rains.  Protecting the body from excess exposure to the sun is crucial, not only for an individual's comfort but also for a group's well being.

It is recommended that the following toilet articles should be carried in a small plastic or cloth bag: (Beware of glass bottles which may break. It's best to re-package them in plastic bottles.)

  • _____ Towel, washcloth, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, etc.
  • _____ Soap in plastic container or bag
  • _____ Insect repellant
  • _____ A sun-blocking ointment/lotion
  • _____ Other needed toilet articles
  • _____ Plastic drinking cup

Optional Items:

  • _____ Book
  • _____Cameral and film
  • _____Rod and reel, with tackle in a small metal or plastic box
  • _____ Fishing license, if needed
  • _____ Medication, if needed
  • _____ Extra shoe strings
  • _____ Flashlight (the smaller the better)

  Footwear: 9/12-12/31/06

The Ultimate Canoe Trip Checklist

by Roger Hahn, Editor of BoundaryWatersMagazine.com

This list was meant to be an exhaustive reminder and you are enrouraged to bring as little as possible to the Boundary Waters. When you get home use this list to make notes of those things you used, those you simply lugged around for a week, and those items you wished you had taken along.

The Sooner The Better:

  • Select your route and entry point
  • Reserve travel permit
  • Get RABC permit for Quetico
  • Reserve outfitting and launches
  • Make flight arrangements to Minneapolis or Duluth
  • Arrange for a rental car
  • Arrange pre and post-trip lodging
  • Make plans for eating along the way
  • Purchase fishing licenses and trout stamps
  • Purchase canoeing maps
  • Check out vehicles, racks, trailers, and trailer lights
  • Get current license on canoes
  • Get current rabies certificate for pets going to Canada
  • Sharpen knives
  • Oil footwear
  • Lubricate and put fresh line on fishing reels
  • Sharpen fish hooks
  • Check camp stove and lantern operation
  • Waterproof tent and rainfly
  • Refurbish wooden canoe paddles
  • Repackage food and gear items to eliminate packaging and prohibited cans and bottles
  • __________________________
  • __________________________
  • __________________________
  • __________________________

 

 

Don't Leave Home Without It:

  • Permit confirmation
  • Reservation confirmations
  • Fishing licenses
  • Identification
  • Driver's license
  • Cash
  • Credit card
  • Phone calling card
  • Health insurance information
  • Vehicle insurance information
  • Tools and jumper cables in car
  • Spare vehicle and padlock keys
  • Fill water containers
  • Get fresh and frozen foods out of refrigerator
  • Cooler and ice for traveling
  • Get live bait
  • Leave itinerary and phone numbers with someone at home
  • Leave unnecessary valuables at home
  • Toiletries, clean clothes, clean towel, and dry shoes for return trip
  • __________________________
  • __________________________

First Things First:

 

  • Maps
  • Map marking pen
  • Map case
  • Compass
  • Back up maps and compass
  • Duluth packs or dry bags
  • HD trash bags to line packs
  • Stuff sacks and compression stuff sacks
  • Day pack, fanny pack, or thwart bag
  • Canoes
  • Yoke pads
  • Paddles
  • Spare paddle
  • Life jackets
  • Emergency whistle zipper pulls
  • Rescue throw bag
  • Seat pads
  • Duct tape
  • Knee pads
  • Sponge
  • Bailer
  • Bow and stern lines
  • Cords or bunjis to lash in packs
  • Canoe cover
  • Cartop carrier, rack, or trailer
  • __________________________
  • __________________________

 

 

Shelter From The Storm:

 

  • Tents
  • Rainfly
  • Stakes
  • Poles
  • Ground cloths
  • Vestibule
  • Sleeping bags
  • Mattresses
  • Dining fly or tarp with grommets
  • Camp rope or parachute cord
  • Camp chairs or butt pads
  • Camp pillows
  • Lantern, spare mantles, and fuel
  • __________________________
  • __________________________

Thanks For The Memories:

  • Waterproof camera
  • Fresh film
  • Fresh batteries and spares
  • Pocket tripod
  • Waterproof camera bag
  • Lens cleaners
  • __________________________
  • __________________________

Come And Get It!:

 

  • Pots w/ lids
  • Frying pans w/ lids
  • Utensils
  • Utensil bag
  • Plates
  • Cups
  • Measuring cup
  • Bowls
  • Water bottle for each person
  • Water bag or bucket
  • Water purification system
  • Silverware
  • Potholders
  • Pot scrubbers
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Dish towels
  • Spice kit
  • Fire starter
  • Camp stove, fuel, and funnel
  • Stove repair tools and kit
  • Camp saw
  • Disposable lighters
  • Waterproof matches
  • Reflector oven and baking pan
  • Dutch oven
  • Aluminum foil
  • Paper towels
  • Extra zip lock bags
  • Camp kitchen knife
  • Bear ropes
  • Trash bags
  • Fresh food items
  • Frozen food items
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Beverages
  • Snacks
  • Desserts
  • Spices and condiments
  • Cooking oil
  • __________________________
  • __________________________

 

 

That Rainy Day Feelin' Again:

 

  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Fresh batteries, spares, and spare bulbs
  • Paperback book
  • Journal, notebook, or sketch pad
  • Pencils and pens
  • Travel board games
  • Playing cards
  • Binoculars
  • Bird and plant books
  • Hacky sack
  • Frisbee
  • __________________________
  • __________________________

Here Fishy, Fishy:

  • Rods and reels
  • Tackle box
  • Filet knife
  • Filet glove
  • Filet board
  • Ceramic sharpener
  • Stringer
  • Pliers or Leatherman
  • Fish batter and oil
  • Fish locator
  • Spare batteries
  • Superglue
  • Spare rod tips
  • Spare spool of line
  • Folding landing net
  • Live bait
  • Pocket camera for catch and release photos
  • __________________________
  • __________________________

 

Dress For Success:

 

  • Waterproof boots
  • Gore-tex socks
  • Camp shoes, mocs, or sandals
  • Spare laces
  • Socks
  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • Swimsuits
  • T Shirts
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Sweatshirts or fleece jacket
  • Briefs
  • Sport bras
  • Belt or suspenders
  • Bandanas
  • Windbreaker
  • Rain pants!!
  • Rain jacket!!
  • Waterproof cap
  • Cap with sun visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Stocking cap
  • Pocket or wrist watch
  • Travel alarm
  • __________________________
  • __________________________

 

 

Gettin' Personal:

 

  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Hair brush or comb
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Towel
  • Chapstick
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug dope
  • Afterbite
  • Hand and body lotion
  • Pain reliever
  • First Aid Kit and book
  • Personal medications and medical information
  • Emergency coins and money
  • Pocket knife
  • Sharpener
  • Safety pins
  • Needle, thread, and extra buttons
  • Spare eyewear
  • Pocket mirror
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Condoms
  • __________________________
  • __________________________

Packing Light     The Prepared Paddler     Handy Gear     Maps for Sale     Gadgets

--article courtesy of BoundaryWatersMagazine.com

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