• Broken in footwear. Must be good for walking.
• Sandals or water shoes (can be old sneakers, but these dry slowly)
• Knee-high waterproof boots (when the weather is cool)
• Sleeping Bag: rated to 40 degrees
• Sleeping Pad (foam pad or Thermarest)
• Tent – Be sure you set it up and stay in it a few times before arriving, and that it has noseeum netting
• Long Pants
• Underwear, T-Shirts, shorts, etc.
• Bathing Suit
• Other clothing that can get dirty and beat up.
• Rain Gear, including rain pants (no ponchos allowed in canoes) – should be sized to fit over cold weather clothes
• Hat with wide brim (for sun and rain protection)
• Sun Glasses
• Personal Toiletries, washcloth, biodegradable soap, etc.
• Head Lamp or flashlight
• Cup for Hot/Cold drinks (unbreakable, travel mug-style)
• Plate, bowl, fork, spoon and net bag to hold them (similar to a laundry bag)
• Cook pot with a bail handle Will be used for cooking food and boiling water in the field, so don’t get one that’s too small (because it’s a pain to boil drinking water a pint at a time). There are lots of options here:
2 or 4 quart stainless pail (the word ‘pail’ usually indicates that it has a bail handle). These are available from feed stores or Amazon. We’ve found lids for these at thrift stores, and also bought pie pans and/or metal plates that just fit in order to have a tight fitting lid. A benefit to a pail over an outdoor cook pot is that they nest: small on the bottom, wide on top. With the larger pots, the extra weight is offset by the ability to boil more drinking water.
16 cm Zebra pot
• Water Bottle with wide mouth
• Orienteering compass
• Notebook and pen/pencil
• PFD – Personal flotation device, also known as a life jacket. Get one sized to fit you.
• Extra closed-cell foam pad (aka camping pad, sleeping pad) – For use as a pad when kneeling in the canoe.
• Dry Bag – To hold your gear when canoeing. There are lots of options here. The best long-term option is a rigid container, such as this 60 liter barrel from Amazon.com for about $80. Other options include: canvas pack with waterproof liner, commercial dry bags, army duffel-type bag with waterproof liner, pack basket with liner, or any sack lined with a garbage bag. What you need is a way to keep things dry. If you have any questions on this, don’t hesitate to call or email.
• Sharp Knife, fixed blade (non-folding) – We recommend the Frosts Mora #2 in carbon steel, available from Ben’s Backwoods
• Axe with Sturdy Leather Sheath (no hatchets) – handle should not be shorter than 25″. Contact Pole And Paddle Canoe for old, high-quality axes
• Fishing Gear