Packs for canoe trips into the BWCA

To Bring

Canoe trips in the Boundary Waters need the right gear. Here's a packing guideline for you to follow.

Canoe Adventure Packing
When packing for your canoe camping adventure you will want to make sure you have all of the essentials. You can always rinse your clothes out while in the wilderness so do not overpack clothes. Keep in mind there may be some cool weather in the early spring or late fall so you need to pack accordingly. Layering is the most effective way to keep warm. Lightweight wool or polypro is the best for warmer weather and great for cool weather because it provides warmth even when wet.

What to Pack
  • *One loose fitting T-shirt (cotton)
  • *One long sleeve shirt (cotton)
  • *One warm long sleeved shirt (hooded sweatshirt or flannel shirt)
  • One pair of shorts
  • One swimsuit or swimshorts
  • One pair of lightweight cotton or windbreaker pants (fast drying)
  • One pair warm pants (wool or sweat pants)
  • A few pair of socks and underwear (remember you can wash them)
  • Two pairs of shoes (one pair of Teva or wet shoes, one pair of tennis shoes, moccasins or Goretex boots)
  • *One rainsuit (both pants and jacket used for windbreaker on cool days)
  • *One hat wide brimmed for sun or rain protection)
  • In the spring or fall - add a set of wool or goretex clothing, hat, gloves, wool socks and warm boots.
  • *A flashlight or headlamp (one per tent)
  • *A good pocket knife
  • *Sunscreen
  • *Mosquito repellent
  • *Lip balm
  • *Head nets
  • *Sunglasses
  • *Camera and extra film
  • *A good book
  • *Fishing gear
  • Pillow case (fill with clothes and use as a pillow)
  • *Camp pillow
  • *Deck of cards
  • *Compass
  • *Water Bottle
  • *Notebook and pencil
  • *Day pack or fanny pack

+Bring a clean set of clothes for the trip home.
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