Your Canoe Equipment Checklist is one part of your camping trip. It also can be used by those planning a Kayak Camping trip, with just a few edits. The checklist 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.
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.
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 for someone with hypothermia.
Camping Equipment Checklist
Cooking Equipment (cont'd)
|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|
|Cook Set (pots & pans)||Trash bags; resalable bags||Saw|
|cooler||Utensils (spoons, spatula, etc)||Small shovel / Trowel|
|cups, plastic||Ziploc bags||
|Dish Soap & Dish Rags||
|Dish towels||Door mat||Flashlight|
|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)||
|Grill rack||Tent repair kit||
|Hot-cold vacuum bottle||Tent-pole repair sleeve||Blankets|
|Water Jug||Utility bags for storage||Fleece sleeping bag liner|
|Lighter fluid||Sleeping Bag|
|Measuring cups & spoons||Pillows|