Top 10 Items for Canoe Trip

Top 10 Items for Canoe Trip

Wapomeo campers in canoe

Going on canoe trip is an adventure. It often places you out of your comfort zone and teaches you things about yourself, others and nature. To ensure that you enjoy your canoe trip at the Taylor Statten Camps to the fullest, are a few must-haves when packing. Whether you are going on an overnight trip or a 50 day trip, the following items are essential.


Top 10 Items for Canoe Trip are as follows:

  1. Books/Journal/Cards

Canoe trip is full of activity but there is always opportunity for down time. Down time gives you the chance to read your favourite book, write in your journal or play a card game with your cabin mates. Journals are a very effective way to keep track of your route, funny or exciting things that happen and are a great read later in the year!

  1. Water bottle

Hydration station! In order for campers and staff to have the energy to complete those long portages and windy paddles, they must drink water. However, there are certain types of water bottles that are more canoe trip friendly. Nalgene and Klean Kanteen brand bottles include a loop which can be attached to packs using a carabineer. This makes them easy to transport over portages, and easy to access at any time.

  1. Bug Spray

The bugs are out there, but with a little bug spray here and there, your camper will be as good as new! OFF brand is a popular choice and family safe.

  1. Sun Hat

A hat with a brim is super important for those sunny days on the water! Sun safety is a top priority for the Taylor Statten Camps and all campers must wear a hat on canoe trip.

  1. Sunscreen

Sunscreen must be brought on all TSC canoe trips. We recommend 45+ SPF!

  1. Dry Clothes

Dry clothes are what we call clothes that we wear on the campsite. Items within this category are ones which we do not want to get wet. This includes: 1 t shirt, 1 long sleeve shirt, 1 pair of sweatpants, 1 sweatshirt, and 2 pairs of warm socks. These are all packed in a waterproof dry bag which can be purchased at stores such as Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), Canadian Tire and Algonquin Outfitters.

  1. Wet Clothes

Wet clothes are what we call the clothes campers wear during the day on canoe trip. They are called this because there is a chance they will get wet throughout the tripping process. This includes: 1 bathing suit, 1 pair of quick dry shorts, 1 t shirt (can be quick dry if preferred), 1 long sleeve shirt, 1 pair of socks and 1 rain suit (rain jacket and rain pants). We recommend Wigwam and Smart Wool wet socks! These socks are breathable and dry quickly.

  1. Close Toed Campsite Shoes

This item is very important for hanging around the campsite. The best types of campsite dry shoes are ones which are waterproof, easy to slip on and easy to pack. We recommend Croc brand or ones similar too!

  1. Hiking Boots

Ankle support and traction, that’s what you want to look for in a hiking boot. Hiking boots are available at stores such as Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), Canadian Tire and Algonquin Outfitters.

  1. Sleeping Bag

Probably the most essential item to ensure comfort on canoe trip is a sleeping bag! Make sure your camper’s sleeping bag is warm but compressible. Look for synthetic or synthetic & down mixtures. These pack down small which will allow for more items to be packed into a dry bag! We recommend purchasing a sleeping bag at stores such as Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) and Algonquin Outfitters.

*Please note – all other tripping equipment such as tents, packs, pots, pans, cutlery etc. are supplied by the Taylor Statten Camps. It is not necessary to purchase these items*

We wish all our TSC canoe trippers a happy and safe trip!