• 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 thimble at a time). There are lots of options here.
Option A: 2 quart stainless pails (the word ‘pail’ usually indicates that it has a bail handle). These are available from feed stores or Amazon, and are usually used for milking or for pets. They are less expensive than outdoor cook pots. A benefit to a pail over an outdoor cook pot is that they nest: small on the bottom, wide on top. This allows you to take several pots but only taking up the footprint of one. The other pots listed do not share this characteristic. This is important because you’ll be using your pot not only for cooking food, but also for purifying drinking water in the field (by boiling). Consider getting 2 or 3 of them.
• 2 quart pail.
Lids for these pails were a challenge to find for a number of years. These stainless 6″ pie plates fit them perfectly, and do double duty as a plate for eating food. They come in packages of 2.
• Stainless 6″ Pie Plate.
Option B: Mors Pot. Note that multiple pots will not nest.
Option C: 16 cm Zebra pot. Note that multiple pots will not nest.
• Pot grabber. Useful for pouring, grabbing hot pot lids, etc. Fits inside pot for travel. MSR Pot Lifter.
• Water Bottle with wide mouth
• Compass: Suunto A-10
• 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 Storage For Your Gear – 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 Recreational Barrel Works. 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.
We recently started using Life Latch plastic buckets with screw on lids on trips, and they work great to keep things dry. They come in several sizes: Life Latch buckets.
Read this article on the topic for answers to questions.
• 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