Canoe Trip Packing Lists
There is no shortage of canoe trip packing lists available on the internet. Some websites offer it as a blog post, some as a free download and others as an ebook for those so inclined to download and keep it on hand at all times. These lists are a great starting point. However, we would like to add in our own version of these canoe trip packing lists. Something that is much more customized to each person and much more reliable in our opinion. (We are ManCamping – We are always right 🙂 )
The problem that we see with these lists is simple. Every person brings different items, leaves out certain items and camping gear changes due to whether, location, who’s going with you and many other factors. You can’t just make one list for all people.
So here is out take on the canoe trip packing list. Start talking to yourself. Will you sound crazy? Probably, but you know your situation the best. So technically, you are asking an expert. Here are the questions that we ask ourselves when we are throwing together our gear – Usually at the last minute, as our friends are waiting in the truck to head out. By asking yourself these questions (and maybe a few more that you can come up with on your own) you will make sure that you have the right equipment.
Think about each question and the gear that you will need to complete the job:
-Tent (poles, tent and fly)
-Balled Up Sweater/Pillow
(Alternate – Laundry bag full of the wife’s unmentionables as a pillow)
-Additional Emergency Bacon
–First Aid Kit
–Zantac/Tums (Whiskey drinking means heartburn)
-Axe/hatchet and/or saw
-Trip Plan left with someone
Those are the four main questions we ask ourselves when we are packing for a canoe trip and some examples of the gear you should be thinking of. Again, this is not an end-all list. Everyone’s list will be different. One example would be a bug shelter. We don’t use them but you might. That might fall under “Am I Safe?” for some of you.
The questions above are the first questions as they are the ones that pack the gear you need to survive. That isn’t all of them though! Here is a few more.
Come up with your own canoe trip packing list questions, don’t just rely on ours!
-Poop tickets / Toilet Paper
Note: Clothing is always optional when with the wife and not the boys
Without this you put a hex on the whole damn thing.
Using our method of packing for a canoe trip, you are not only customizing your gear list for yourself, but you are far less likely to forget items. At least essential items anyways. Besides, how likely are you to keep that downloaded checklist around? How likely are you to forget where you put it? Become more self sufficient by relying on yourself instead of a piece of paper.
If you do forget items for your canoe trip, you will also learn the fine art of MacGyver’ing. Coming up with a solution to the missing gear built out of what you have with you. It’s what ManCamping is all about. It makes for a adventure!