Personal Kit To Bring On A Canoe Expedition

This is by no means a comprehensive list and some paddlers may want to bring more or bring less.  This list will give you a good basis and you won’t be stuck if you stick to this list.

You should adopt a minimalist approach to the gear that you bring.  This list will cover you for a 3 day expedition.  We’re assuming that you already have  ticked your boat, paddle and buoyancy aid off the list.

DAYTIME PADDLING GEAR (WET GEAR)

These are your working clothes.  They must keep you warm, dry and comfortable and allow you to do your job ie. Paddle.

  • Warm Hat
  • Sun Hat
  • Waterproof Hat
  • Shades (Get a lanyard)
  • Snood
  • T-Shirt (Ice Breaker/ Quick Drying)
  • Fleece Layer
  • Warm Socks
  • Warm Underware
  • Warm Jumper
  • Comfortable Trousers (Quick drying, No Denim)
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Waterproof Trousers
  • Sturdy Footwear
  • Gloves
  • Shorts (If the weather is good)

You should make sure that anything you wish to wear during the day is kept accessible.

It’s a good idea to have a dry bag to hold your fleece or jacket if it’s warm and dry enough to do without them

NIGHT TIME CAMP GEAR AND SHELTER (DRY GEAR)

This is your most precious  gear, second to your boat, paddle and buyoancy aid.

You dry gear MUST be packed away securely during the day.

It MUST be kept dry at all costs.

Resist the temptation to put this kit on as soon as you arrive at camp.  If the weather is particularly bad stay in your ‘wet’ gear until you have set up camp and are ready to get cooking and relax.

  • Complete change of, top to toe, warm and dry clothes
  • Sleeping Bag (3 season at least for NI at time of EFG trip)
  • Roll Mat
  • Tent

COOKING AND EATING

You won’t go far on an expedition without food.  You will need to make sure you can cook yourself something warm and tasty.  You will also need to make sure that you can wash up after yourself and keep your kit clean and hygienic.

  • Cutlery (Spork is a good idea)
  • Bowl
  • Mug
  • Water Bottle
  • Flask (1 between 2, for a wee cuppa during the day)
  • Stove (Gas or Trangia)
  • Fuel
  • Matches/ Lighter
  • Washing up liquid
  • Washing Pad (Suitable for you stove)
  • Water Container (Playtypus Water Bladder/ Plastic Container)

TOILETERIES

Looking after your personal hygiene on a canoe expedition is essential.  Baby wipes and anti-bacterial gel are good to have but there is no substitute for soap and hot water.

  • Towel
  • Lip Balm
  • Toilet Roll
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Sun Cream
  • Baby Wipes
  • Anti-Bacterial Gel
  • Insect Repellent

OTHER GEAR

  • Straps (To tie your gear into the boat)
  • Bailer (Make your own from a milk carton)
  • Throwline
  • Whistle
  • Compass/ Map (On open water or low vis you will need orientation)
  • Watch/ Time piece
  • Pen Knife
  • Spade -- Leave no trace :-)
  • Axe/ Machete
  • Extra Plastic Bags -- bin liners, zip sandwich bags
  • Torch or Head Torch
  • Dry bag
  • Survival Bag
  • Emergency Storm/ Group Shelter
  • Winjury Kit (Personal First Aid Kit)
  • Phone (Waterproof if possible)
  • Camera (Waterproof if possible)
  • Clothes line Pegs (2 -- 3)
  • String/ Para-cord

LUXURY ITEMS

Rule of thumb for luxury items is don’t bring them until they can serve at least two roles.  Eg an Umbrella can keep you dry and act as a sail

  • Umbrella
  • Seat
  • Hot Water Bottle

DOUG’S GUIDE ON WHAT TO BRING ON A TRIP

This entry was posted in Canoe Expedition, Gear. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply