Provisioning for a Day Trip by Canoe

Are you planning a day trip by canoe this year and aren’t sure of what to pack? I’ve done hundreds of day trips by canoe and some by kayak over the years and here are the items that I find are the most of important to pack for your trip:

Clothing: Layer your clothing to regulate body temperature, with more layers during the colder months of the year. Jeans and tops that are made out of cotton are difficult to dry when wet, so choose other fabrics. Consider the following clothing:

    • Fleece or wool sweater
    • Hat
    • Shorts or pants
    • Thermal underwear, gloves, and warm hat during the colder months
    • Windproof jacket or coat

Footwear: Sandals, crocs, or sneakers in the summer; hiking shoes or boots are the best for cooler months or when you will be carrying the canoe and gear on portages.

Gear: Canoe, paddles, life jackets, bailer, rope, and whistle: This is provided when you rent canoes or kayaks in Ontario Parks’ campgrounds.

Map: Always take a map, as it will allow you to plan your trip, track your progress, and estimate your return time. Consider a compass or GPS device as well. If navigating with a compass or GPS, ensure that you know how to use it.

Water and Food: At least one full bottle of water per person. The quantity of food should be appropriate for the trip. If the trip is four hours or more, pack a lunch; otherwise, snacks will do for shorter trips. Suggested food: fruit, vegetables, sandwiches, crackers, granola bars, and nut mix

Other Essentials: binoculars, bug repellent, camera, first aid kit, sunglasses, sunscreen, toilet paper and a whistle to signal others if you are in distress.

Do you have any suggested items that you bring for day trips by canoe or kayak that you want to share with all of us? Please forward your comments and we will publish them for all to see. Thank you!

Resources: For camping information and tips, see: The Camp Tripper. For camping gear, see:


About Patrick Dzieciol

I have authored and published "The Camp Tripper - The Secrets of Successful Family Camping in Ontario" If you want to get in touch with me, please drop me an email at:
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