Packing List for an All Day Canoe and Kayak Adventure

Packing List for an All Day Canoe and Kayak Adventure

Are you planning a canoe or kayak adventure but not sure what to bring? Paddling on the water can be a lot of fun, but it's important to be prepared for any situation that may arise. Here's a packing list to make sure you have everything you need for a safe and enjoyable day on the water.

  1. Personal flotation device (life jacket): This is the most important item on the list. Always wear a properly fitting life jacket while on the water.  Serious paddlers need a real life vest!

  2. Sunscreen and lip balm: Protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. Don't forget to reapply throughout the day.  Here is the sunscreen we like waterproof, 50spf and no harmful chemicals.  

  3. Hat/helmet, and sunglasses: These will provide additional sun protection for your face and eyes.  Always use helmets on Class II+ Rivers

  4. Water and snacks: Staying hydrated and nourished is essential for a long day on the water. Bring enough water and snacks to last the entire trip.  We like to pack small with items like; Nuts, Crackers with Squeeze peanut butter and cheese, tuna or chicken flavored pouches, fruit cups, and beef jerky.

  5. Extra clothing layers: Even on a sunny day, the weather can change quickly. Bring a jacket or sweater in case it gets colder or in case of rain.  A splash jacket is perfect for this.

  6. First aid kit: Accidents can happen, so it's important to be prepared. Include essentials such as band-aids, gauze, and pain relievers.  Here is our favorite waterproof first aid kit

  7. Maps and compass: Bring a map of the area you'll be paddling in and a compass to help you navigate.  This is our goto compass

  8. Emergency whistle and signaling device: In case of an emergency, it's important to have a way to signal for help.  The wrong whistle can become a strangulation hazard.  Here is a safety whistle we recommend that connects to your life vest.

  9. Dry bags: Keep your belongings dry with a few dry bags. These are great for storing clothes, electronics and other items you want to keep dry.  Shameless plug, we love our drybags.  We designed them to be exactly what we needed with various sizes.  

  10. Camera or other electronic devices with waterproof protection: Don't miss out on capturing memories from your adventure. Make sure to protect your electronics with waterproof cases or bags.  We use a GoPro with a helmet mount to capture our adventures.  

  11. Insect repellent: Keep pesky bugs away with some insect repellent.  Here is the repellent we use which repells ticks and works pretty well on black flies.

  12. Trash bags: Pack out what you pack in. Bring some trash bags to collect any trash you may produce during the trip.  Smaller and drawstring is better.  This is the trash bag style that we use.

  13. Waterproof matches or fire starter: In case of an emergency, having a way to start a fire can be very useful.  Waterproof matches in a waterproof container is the best way to go

  14. Boat repair kit and pump: Be prepared for any boat issues that may arise by bringing a repair kit and a pump.  Duct Tape can be your best friend as well for all types of boat temporary patches, but this Gorilla tape should have been made specifically for this scenario.

  15. Emergency shelter such as a tarp: In case of bad weather, having a shelter can be a lifesaver.  The more simple the set up the better.  This army style shelter is what you should look for.

By following this packing list, you'll be prepared for any situation that may arise on your canoe or kayak adventure. Remember to always wear a life jacket and be aware of the weather forecast before heading out on the water. Have fun and be safe!