A Canoe Camping Checklist

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.

Canoe camp check list

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. 

Canoe camp check list
Don’t be like these people – wear life preservers when in the water!


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
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Sun/Solar Shower
  • Fire Starter, Lighter, Firewood
  • Games
  • Whisk Broom
  • Fly spray
  • Water Pail
  • 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



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
  • Clothes Detergent
  • Pocket Knife and Sheath Knife
  • Pin-on Compass
  • Orienteering Style Compass
  • Waterproof Matches
  • Toiletries and Facial Tissues
  • Water Bottle
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Insect Repellant and Bug Net
  • Watch, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, and Rainwear
  • Camera gear
  • Notebook, Maps, Alarm Clock, and Binoculars
  • Whistle, Dry Bag, and Day Pack
  • Knee Pads and Paddling Glove

canoe camp list


The following list contains canoe equipment you’ll need:

  • Canoe, Canoe Repair Kit, and Paddles
  • Life Vest (one for each person)
  • Sponge
  • Bailer
  • Bow and Stern Lines (15ft)
  • Lashing Rope (50 ft)
  • Seat and Cushions
  • Outboard Motor and Kit
  • Gas and Oil

Canoe and camp check list


Listed below is the cooking gear you will need:

  • Stove Fuel and Fuel Funnel
  • Griddle
  • Fire Grate
  • Charcoal, BBQ Grill, and Stove Stand
  • Lighter Fluid and Stove Igniter
  • Crockery
  • Spatula, Serving Spoon, and Ladle
  • Can Opener, Cork Screw, and Bottle Opener
  • Tongs
  • Pot Gripper and Pot holders
  • Cutting Board
  • Coffee Pot
  • Wash Tub, Dish Soap, Scouring Pads, and Sponge
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Trash Bags, Necessary Cloths
  • Collapsible Water Jugs, Water Purifying Tablets, and Water Filtering Pump
  • Ice Chest

I hope that with this list and helpful guidance, you and your loved ones will have memorable adventures.


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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!

Happy Travels!




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/



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