What Should I Bring?

Your canoe camping trip is planned and you’re ready to pack. You’re probably wondering where to begin! You might even have a few questions running through your head like; What do I pack? Am I going to pack enough? What if I forget something?  Well, I’m here to guide you through this nerve-racking time. We offer completely outfitted canoe packages. Here is a list of personal items to bring along.

Below is a suggested list of items you might want to pack to make sure you have the best trip possible.

canoe camping site at the edge of a lake

What To Pack


  • One hat *
  • One sweatshirt *
  • One long sleeve shirt *
  • One loose fitting T-shirt *
  • One pair warm pants
  • One pair of lightweight pants
  • One pair of shorts
  • One swimsuit or swim shorts
  • A few pairs of socks and underwear
  • Footwear – sandals, tennis shoes
  • Rain gear – jacket, pants, boots


  • Sunscreen *
  • Aloe *
  • Lip balm – UV protected *
  • Head nets *
  • Sunglasses *
  • Toiletries *
  • Camera
  • Deck of Cards *
  • Notebook and pencil *
  • Reading material *
  • Day pack (book bag or fanny pack) *

Camping Must Haves:

  • Fishing gear *
  • Measuring tape *
  • Water bottle
  • Water Tablets *
  • Sharpening stone *
  • Fillet knife *
  • Pocket knife *
  • Compass *
  • Camping Soap *

Group Camping Essentials:

  • Hand Saw *
  • Camp Shovel *
  • Flashlights *
  • Waterproof Matches *
  • First Aid Kit *
  • Duct Tape
  • 50 to 100 feet rope *
  • Sat Phone *

*Available at our fully equipped store.

Bring an extra set of clothing for the ride home. We do have a shower facility.

If you forget anything, our store is fully equipped. We also offer a variety of rental gear.

Clothing may vary depending on the season.

Good luck on your first packing experience, and have fun on your canoe camping adventure!

If you have any question(s) please contact us at canoe@www.anderson-outfitters.com or call us at (800) 777-7186.


Written by:

Melissa Rabas