Canoe Equipment Checklist

Your Canoe Equipment Checklist is one part of your camping trip. It also can be use by those planning a Kayak Camping trip, with just a few edits.  The check list at the bottom of this page can be used as a starting point.  Make changes to fit your needs, time of year and area you will be camping in.

When review the list, think about how much room you will have and how long you will be gone.  Think small, compact and is it necessary.   There is not one person who has gone camping that has over or under packed. As you review the list, start with the basics and  go from there.


Other Considerations

Make sure you adjust your Canoe Equipment Checklist to consider seasonal temperatures and type of waterways traveled.  If the campsite is one on a lake that you will be returning to every evening, then add some items from our tent camping checklist.

On the other hand if your trip is headed down river, then a single tent or no tent (just a tarp) may be needed.  A camping hammock would be ideal for this type of camping.  The backpacking checklist can help here with some items that may not appear on this list.

Above all, make sure you have emergency rations of food,  clean drinking water and First Aid Kit.  One mishap with a poorly packed canoe and you'll find yourself without the basic necessities to stay alive.


Hypothermia

One of the hidden dangers of canoeing or kayaking is not the possibility of drowning.  The danger comes from the body beginning to shut down due to hypothermia.

Many mountain rivers can be as cold as 40° in the summertime.  Staying wet for most of the day without pulling off and getting a chance to dry off and warm up can bring on hypothermia and it can happen very gradually.

If a person has begun to show signs of lack of sensory perception and lack of awareness of surroundings, then there is a good chance that the body temperature has begun to drop and the body is shutting down.

Read up on what emergency actions need to be started to bring someone out of this dangerous state.  There are many websites and medical journals that can offer simple to follow steps on both preventing hypothermia and what to do to bring someone back to the land of the living. 

Printable version

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Camping Equipment Checklist
Cooking Equipment
Cooking Equipment (cont'd)
Camping Tools
Aluminum Foil (Heavy Duty) Mitts, Oven Bungi cords/straps
Bottle opener/corkscrew Mugs/cups Duct tape/electrical tape
Water bottles Paper Plates, Bowls, Cups Dust pan / Whisk broom
Mixing bowls Paper Towels / Napkins Glue/super glue
Can Opener Pot Grabber Hatchet
canister, Food-storage Pot Holders Knife or Multi-Tool
Charcoal and Lighter Fluid roasting sticks Knife sharpener
chimney, charcoal Plastic Silverware Machete
Coffee Pot Camp Stove Mallet or Hammer
container(s), Collapsible water thermos Pliers, wrench
containers, Storage Toothpicks Rope
Cook Set (pots & pans) Trash bags; resalable bags Saw
cooler Utensils (spoons, spatula, etc) Small shovel / Trowel
cups, plastic Ziploc bags
Whistle
Cutlery
Cutting board
Dish Soap & Dish Rags
Tent Equipment
Camp Lighting
Dish towels Door mat Flashlight
Dutch oven
Ground Sheet
Headlamps
Egg holder(s) Multi-tool or knife Lantern with fuel/mantles
Extension sticks/roasting items Seam sealant Maglight
Fuel (propane, white gas, etc.) Stakes
Funnel Sun shade, tarp or screen house
Grill Tent (with stakes and guy lines)
Sleeping Gear
Grill rack Tent repair kit
Alarm clock
Hot-cold vacuum bottle Tent-pole repair sleeve Blankets
Water Jug Utility bags for storage Fleece sleeping bag liner
Lighter Whisk Broom Mat
Lighter fluid Sleeping Bag
Measuring cups & spoons Pillows


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