The following is a guest post written by Tom at KayakCritic.net. Be sure to check out KayakCritic.net to learn more about kayaking, canoeing, and adventures on the water.
Travel until you see everything there is out there.
But travel in the direction which gives you chills.
These are my life mottos. And if you are reading this article, I am assuming you are near my thinking zone too. I love the sea because of its mystery and risks. As Stephen Gardiner said:
Land is the secure ground of home, the sea is like life, the outside, the unknown
For a couple of years, my family and I – including children, have gone canoe camping. It is our annual thing now. At first surviving a camping trip with kids was not easy. But with the list and guidelines I am about to share, things should go as easy for you as it does for me. The following are a few guidelines to keep in mind:
If you are a beginner, do not plan a trip for more than two days. You want to go easy on yourself and the people around you in the beginning.
Plan everything ahead. That makes things easy.
Choose your canoe carefully. This keeps you safe.
Be visible, be safe.
Listed below is my checklist that should make your life easier on this canoe and camping journey.
1. GEAR FOR BASE CAMP:
Listed below is base case equipment you’ll need:
Group Size First Aid Kit
Camp Tools (axe, knife, multi-tool)
Stove and Lantern
Tent Repair and Sewing Kits
Flashlight, Lanterns, Spare Batteries, and Bulb
Fire Starter, Lighter, Firewood
Cooking Pot, Fire Gloves
Tent Poles, Stakes, and Liners
Rain Fly, Rain Fly Poles, Stakes, and Lines
Folding Camp Chairs, Folding Saw, Axe, and Folding Shovel
2. PERSONAL ITEMS
Here are the personal items you’ll need:
Clothing – Bathing Suit, Pajamas, Shorts, Long Sleeve Shirts, Warm Pants, Socks, and Hats
Boots and Sneakers
Towels and Face Cloth
Sleeping Bag and Pillow
Dirty Clothes Bag
Pocket Knife and Sheath Knife
Orienteering Style Compass
Toiletries and Facial Tissues
Personal First Aid Kit
Insect Repellant and Bug Net
Watch, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, and Rainwear
Notebook, Maps, Alarm Clock, and Binoculars
Whistle, Dry Bag, and Day Pack
Knee Pads and Paddling Glove
3. CANOE GEAR
The following list contains canoe equipment you’ll need:
Canoe, Canoe Repair Kit, and Paddles
Life Vest (one for each person)
Bow and Stern Lines (15ft)
Lashing Rope (50 ft)
Seat and Cushions
Outboard Motor and Kit
Gas and Oil
4. COOKING EQUIPMENT
Listed below is the cooking gear you will need:
Stove Fuel and Fuel Funnel
Charcoal, BBQ Grill, and Stove Stand
Lighter Fluid and Stove Igniter
Spatula, Serving Spoon, and Ladle
Can Opener, Cork Screw, and Bottle Opener
Pot Gripper and Pot holders
Wash Tub, Dish Soap, Scouring Pads, and Sponge
Trash Bags, Necessary Cloths
Collapsible Water Jugs, Water Purifying Tablets, and Water Filtering Pump
I hope that with this list and helpful guidance, you and your loved ones will have memorable adventures.
Many thanks to Tom and our friends at KayakCritic.net for their guest post this week. Be sure to check out KayakCritic.net for all of your kayaking, canoeing, and outdoor travel needs.
From adventure to serenity, there’s so much to love about being on the water. So get out there and explore!
Author bio: Tom is a blogger and a nature lover. He is obsessed with traveling and adventures and that too with his family. He believes that water has a steady hold of him. He regularly writes about his experiences at http://kayakcritic.net/