Are you ready to take your canoe out on the water but unsure of exactly what equipment you need to bring along? When it comes to canoeing, there are tons of items that you need to bring depending on what type of canoeing you will be doing. Some people canoe for alone time, some people go fishing, others take on white water kayaking. The exact equipment you’ll need varies on which type of canoeing you’ll be doing. However, there’s some essential equipment you’ll need no matter what type of canoeing you’ll be doing and here is a list for you.
When canoeing, safety is number one priority and all safety precautions should be taken. It’s very important that each person that is inside of the canoe have a life jacket on hand or personal flotation device. These items will ensure that you stay afloat if you were to find yourself thrown into the water. Even if you panic or forget what to do, you will still be safe wearing one of these. Even if you are a good swimmer, you can never be too safe. Another important item to bring along in case of an injury or emergency is a first aid kit. You never know when you’ll need alcohol, bandages, etc.
Bringing along a spare paddle or two is essential to a safe and enjoyable canoe trip. You don’t want to get out on the water, in the middle of nowhere, and something happens to one or both of your paddles. If this happened, you’d be out of luck, unless you packed an extra one. Think of how hard it would be for one person to operate a canoe with only one paddle. It would take forever to get to your destination. Be smart and plan ahead by packing an extra paddle.
Usually, people canoe during the warmer months, so it’s typically hot. Even though you may want to wear sleeveless tops and shorts, that might not be the best way to go. Light, long sleeve shirts and pants are best so that you don’t get sunburnt. The best clothing are the kind that don’t soak up too much water. If you don’t want to wear long sleeves, bring a light, fleece jacket. Your shoes or boots should be waterproof as well. If you plan on going swimming, don’t forget your swimsuit. You may also want to pack a sunhat to keep the sun out of your face and/or bandanna to soak up sweat.
Other necessities that you should bring along for your canoeing trip include items such as sunscreen, insect repellent, a compass or GPS, throw rope, drinking water, a pocketknife, sunglasses, drybags, binoculars, and snacks, of course. If you’re making this an overnight trip, you should be sure to pack a tent, sleeping bag, eating utensils, a cookset, headlamp with extra batteries, toilet paper, and a lighter or matches. You can find most of these items in travel sizes and the bigger items usually can easily deflate or fold up to fit easily in a knapsack.