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Five Best Things To Include In Your Canoe Camping Checklist

Updated on November 25, 2010

Canoeing is a very fun activity that you can do on your camping trip especially with your family or friends. You can savor the beauty of the outdoors while you’re paddling on the water and look at aquatic life from a closer view or you can share the moment with those close to you on sunsets and sunrise and these are just few of the great parts of canoeing.

However, how to have fun with your canoe camping trip always depend on how you prepare for the trip. Some annoying things that can happen during such trips would be no firewood to warm yourself up, no places to hang wet clothes, wet backpacks and equipment. These are just examples of how things can go wrong and these aren’t very fun to deal with and may break your trip if you are not really prepared for them.

Therefore, some of the things you must bring if you’re planning to go canoeing are the camp stove, a long line of rope, a reliable camp fire starter, a little brush or whisk broom and some hanging devices such as carabiners. Of course, these are just additional to basic camping gear such as camping tents, sleeping bags, camping cookware, camping dining ware and camping lights.

These additional equipment can provide the needs of the canoe campers by providing reliable source of warmth and cooking heat, a thing for hanging wet clothes and camping equipment and by giving the convenience of easy cleaning for things that could be soiled by wet earth or sand.

As a tip, here are some of the most significant things you must always have for your canoe camping trip and these could provide you the most fun experience you will not forget.

JanSport Wasabi Core Series Daypack
JanSport Wasabi Core Series Daypack

JanSport Wasabi Core Series Daypack

First things first: you’ve got to be prepared with a backpack that will effectively protect your gear from the water since canoeing is an activity that involves it. This camping backpack is made of 600 Denier polyester and 420 Denier velocity nylon that enable it to support up to about 29 liters. It features Aircore ergonomic S-curved shoulder straps and a 2/3 padded back that make it comfortable on the shoulders even with all the things you have to carry. It has one large main compartment, and a zippered pocket at the front in which you can put smaller stuff like your phone, keys and wallet. It’s waterproof too; it’s just the perfect pack for storing and protecting all you camping essentials.

Rothco 550lb. Type III Paracord
Rothco 550lb. Type III Paracord

Rothco 550lb. Type III Paracord

Bringing a rope with you on canoe camping trips will give you lots of advantages. First, you get to have something on which to hang you wet stuff such as your clothes. Second, you can use it support heavy stuff such as your paddles while you’re drying them. If you’re bringing a four-legged friend with you, you can even use it as a leash. If you pick a rope that’s strong enough, you can even use it for some rappelling – like this one. This 550 Lb. Test – 7 strand core paracord is made of 100% nylon and comes with a diameter of 5/32 inches. It’s great for all kinds of uses. Don’t ever forget this if you’re going on a canoe camping trip.

Black Diamond Rocklock Screwgate Carabiner One Color, One Size
Black Diamond Rocklock Screwgate Carabiner One Color, One Size

Black Diamond Rocklock Screwgate Carabiner One Color, One Size

Carabiners are very useful in canoe camping because it helps you hang things to dry. For example, with carabiners, you can hang things with loops and holes such as cookware and camping dining ware to dry easily on a clothesline or a rope. Aside from that, it can also make some of your things more accessible by allowing you to hang certain things, like flashlights or your backpack while you’re on a trail. This saves you time which you may otherwise waste on looking and reaching for your backpack and sorting your things. The more durable the carabiner, the better it is. Check out this carabiner by Black Diamond. This is made of very sturdy aluminum and has a locking feature that keeps your things safer. It’s so tough and reliable that you can even use it for rappelling. You can definitely trust this with your canoe camping equipment as well.

Oxo Good Grips Mini Dust Pans and Brushes
Oxo Good Grips Mini Dust Pans and Brushes

Oxo Good Grips Mini Dust Pans and Brushes

When camping by the water, there’s the annoying tendency that your tent or camping equipment may get dirty with wet sand or earth from the shore. That’s why a whisk broom like this comes in very handy during canoe camping vacations. This one comes with a free dustpan that makes dirt disposal easier. It’s got nice bristles that effectively clean dirt and a handle that provides a sure grip while you’re busy with it. For more time and effort-saving cleaning effectiveness, the dust pan features a flexible rubber lip that catches swept-in dirt. For storage convenience, the broom measures only  5 inches wide and nests well on the 7-inch wide dust pan and they are both lightweight too. This set is just perfect for canoe camping cleaning matters.

Coleman 62-Quart Xtreme Wheeled Cooler (Blue)
Coleman 62-Quart Xtreme Wheeled Cooler (Blue)

Coleman 62-Quart Xtreme Wheeled Cooler (Blue)

It’s easy to get thirsty when you’re carrying loads of stuff for camping and canoeing. Besides, you will never go out canoeing in wet and cold weather will you? These are just enough reasons for you to bring a cooler with you. Although coolers are considered luxuries, imagine how much better if you can enjoy your favorite beverages ice-cold on your trip – that just about makes everything perfect. So get a hold of this Coleman cooler that’s guaranteed to keep your drinks cold the way you want them for several days. It’s got a capacity of 62 quarts and that’s like 85 soda cans. It keeps ice for almost a week with an ambient temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit and features a tow handle and wheels for easier transport. It’s also perfect to have drinks on it even while you’re on a moving vessel or vehicle because of its featured beverage holders at the top. This one’s sure to make your canoe camping trip extra fun.



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