Canoeing Gear List

Posted on: Saturday January 30, 2021 Gear Lists Canoeing

Ultralight and canoe gear might seem like a contradiction. What’s the point in going lightweight when you have a 40 pound canoe to carry? Still, we’ve managed to find a balance that allows us to travel fast and light on canoe expeditions. My canoeing gear list is very similar to my thru-hiking list, with a few small differences. For one, base weight matters a lot less in a canoe, so it is much easier to bring a book or some camp shoes. I also canoe with my husband, so we share a two person tent. We use this gear for multi-day trips in Algonquin Park. While we can bring heavier stuff, we do try and keep our packs ultralight. This makes portages much easier. Crossing a 5km portage in one trip is much better than having to go back and forth multiple times! Shake ‘n Bake carries the canoe on portages, so I take extra shared gear to make up for it. I normally carry the tent and most of the food as a result.

  • Swift Prospector 16 ft kevlar fusion canoe
  • Grey Owl Raven paddle
  • Lifejacket
  • Z Packs Arc Haul
  • Z packs five degree bag
  • Big Agnes Copper Spur (2 person)
  • Z-lite (small)
  • Frogg Toggs ultralight rain suit (jacket only)
  • Montbell Ultralight Down anorak
  • Cheap shorts
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Smart wool hat
  • Melanzana Hoodie
  • Darn tough socks
  • Fleece gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Altra Lone Peaks
  • Bedrock sandals (as camp shoes when my altras get wet)
  • Ursack
  • Jetboil / titanium pot
  • Titanium spoon
  • Swiss army knife
  • Rag
  • Steripen Ultra
  • Petzl Tikka Plus
  • external battery
  • Smartphone
  • First aid (ibuprofen, paracetamol, band aids, leuko tape, lighter, needle, floss, neosporin, band aids, and not much else)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Deuce of spades trowel
  • Various cuben fiber stuff sacks
  • Way more luxuries! Including books, booze and much better food.

Check out my Solo Thru Hiking Gear page or my Winter Adventure Gear List post to see how this compares.

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Eloise Robbins (Fun Size) is a writer, triple crown thru hiker, and adventurer. She is a lover of the outdoors, hiking, canoeing, and most of all mountains.

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