What to Pack on a Guided Trip

So you’ve decided to go on a canoe trip, congratulations! Hopefully this will be the first of many. You guide will handle everything for you including food, tents, canoes, and anything else you could think of (and probably some you wouldn’t) to make this trip perfect! You’ll still have to pack your own clothing and personal items but you want to make sure to make the right stuff and that theres not too much or too little of it.


When choosing your materials, wool or synthetic blends are always a better choice than cotton. Stuff keeps you warm even when wet, dries quickly, and is just all around awesome. It’s a good idea to break down your clothing into dry and wet outfits (dry for the campsite, wet for daytime travel). From the head down, we’ve got you covered.Wet

  • Sun hat/sunglasses
  • Neck warmer/buff – great for staying warm on rainy days, or dip in water and wrap around your neck to cool off on the hot ones)
  • Lightweight t-shirt/long sleeve
  • Sports bra
  • Rain jacket
  • Hiking pants (in early seasons, layer up long underwear with thinner pants, adjust depending on weather)
  • Wool/synthetic socks (quick drying socks are great. There is nothing more cringeworthy than starting your day with wet socks)
  • Hiking boots/amphibious shoes/bare feet/bowling shoes
  • Rain pants


  • Toque/knit hat (the coziest thing to put on after a long day)
  • T-shirt
  • Lightweight sweater (fleece is always nice)
  • Long underwear
  • Sweatpants/track pants
  • Wool socks (extra pair couldn’t hurt)
  • Lightweight ‘site shoes’ (easily slipped on, durable, water friendly – think, Tom’s or Croc’s)
  • Extra underwear!

Pro Tip: Leave your coziest outfit in your car for the drive home. Or sit in the car with your wonderful forest stench, that’s nice too.

  • Small stuff sack to keep personal items easily accessible (phone, wallet, keys, medication)
  • Flashlight/Headlamp
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste (to be packed and hung with barrel at night)
  • Quick dry towel
  • Power bank/small solar charger for electronic items
  • Phone/emergency communication (we’ve used the Spot locating device for years)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Spare cash, just in case
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Playing cards (or some other little nick nacks to play with at the site)

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