THE ULTIMATE OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CHECKLIST

Going on a trip? Not sure what to pack? Worried you forgot something? We’ve got you covered.

FIRST THINGS FIRST

  • Camping permit (if required)
  • Plan a route (if travelling)
  • Stare at your map for a while and get excited

CANOE ESSENTIALS

  • A canoe
  • Local area map in waterproof case (SealLine is our go-to)
  • Canoe paddle, with an extra paddle per boat
  • PFD aka Personal Floatation Device aka Life Jacket aka LifeyJ – 1 per person
  • Bail Kit – rope, whistle, small bucket
  • Signalling Device (flare, mirror)

SLEEP AND SHELTER

  • Tent (with full rain fly, or sleep with a life jacket on)
  • Tent poles, stakes (extras), fastening string
  • Tent foot print or under-tarp to reduce tent puddling
  • Sleeping bag (season appropriate) with compression sack
  • Sleeping Pad (Thermarest NeoAir is a dream!)
  • Pillow Case – clothes stuffed inside make a great pillow!

CAMP KITCHEN AND UTILITIES

  • Water filtration / treatment system (Beaver Fever sucks!)
  • Food – open to preference. We portion by meal, air seal perishables, and only bring what we like
  • Single burner camp stove (MSR Whisperlite hasn’t failed us yet)
  • Fuel for stove
  • Lighter/Matches/Flint and Steel
  • Pot Set (a big and small pot, along with a single pan should do it)
  • Cooking Utensils (cutlery, tongs, strong metal spoon, kitchen knife)
  • Lightweight Mugs
  • Plates or bowls
  • Biodegradable soap – Camp Suds
  • Dishcloth and scouring pad
  • ‘Kitchen Tarp’ – to cover cooking area, or for a full bellied nap after dinner
  • Garbage bags for non-burnable garbage to be packed out
  • Folding saw/camp knife
  • Airtight food barrel (or this trick from Kevin Callan), to be hung from tree at night along with any other scented items/toiletries

CLOTHING

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

Dry

  • 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.

SAFETY AND THINGS

  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • First aid-kit (always nice if someone’s got some training too)
  • Sunscreen/glasses/hat
  • Pocket knife for all!
  • Bear bangers/spray
  • Bug spray/jacket
  • Patch repair kits for – sleeping bag/pad, tent, canoe, tarp
  • Duct tape. So. Much. Duct tape.
  • Bag of bags (pack some backup plastic bags of different sizes, for whatever)
  • Any medications for you/group
  • Compass/GPS
  • Multi-tool – The Leatherman Wave should have everything you need
  • Trip Plan left with a friend – let them know where you’re going, when you plan to be out, and who to contact should things get a little dicey)
  • TOILET PAPER
  • TOILET PAPER
  • TOILET PAPER

ODDS AND ENDS

  • Small stuff sack to keep personal items easily accessible (phone, wallet, keys, medication)
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste (to be packed and hung with barrel at night)
  • Did we mention toilet paper? Bring more than you think you’ll need, bag it twice, and then pack another roll.
  • 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
  • Hammock/camp chair
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Playing cards (or some other little nick nacks to play with at the site)

TOILET PAPER

  • For the love all things, don’t forget the toilet paper. 

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