How to Pack For A Minnesota Canoe Trip

Canoe Camping

Canoe Camping – What Do I Pack?

Keep your personal items to a minimum. Remember, you have to haul everything you bring, and you may need to portage your canoe from time to time. Keeping your packing light is essential to a good trip. When packing your clothing, think about what will dry quickly and what will be the lightest when wet. Loose fitting layers are good, especially after a long day in the sun or wind. Lightweight sweats are great for evenings around the campfire.

Reminder – If you pack it in, you pack it out, so keep your packing list light. Reserve your trip today!            


Canoe Camping Packing List


Personal Items To Pack:

  • Hat
  • Sun glasses (with lanyard)
  • Sweatshirt
  • 2 Long Sleeve Shirts
  • 2 Loose Fitting T-Shirts
  • Warm Pants*
  • Lightweight Pants
  • Shorts (Convertible Pants are Awesome)
  • Swimsuit
  • Socks & Underwear
  • Waterproof Footwear
  • Lightweight Shoes or Sandals
  • Rain Gear (Jacket, Pants
  • Warm Jacket
  • Gloves
  • Body Towel
  • Hand Towel

  • Bandana
  • Sunscreen
  • Aloe
  • Bug Spray & Headnet
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries**
  • Camera
  • Deck of Cards
  • Notebook & Pencil
  • A good book
  • Binoculars
  • Day Pack for hiking (string bag or fanny pack)
* Jeans are discouraged because they are heavy when wet and dry slowly.

**Basic toiletries are are you really need. Toothbrush, travel toothpaste, contact care, hand sanitizer, biodegradable soap. If you wear glasses, consider wearing a lanyard on them.  You don’t want to lose them over the side of the canoe.

camping with Anderson's Outfitters

Camping Must Haves (All available at our store)

  • Fishing Gear
  • Measuring Tape
  • Water Bottle
  • Water Tablets
  • Fillet Knife
  • Sharpening Stone
  • Pocket Knife or Multitool
  • Compass
  • Camping Soap
  • Handsaw
  • Camping Shovel
  • Flashlights
  • Waterproof Matches
  • First Aid Kit
  • Duct Tape
  • 50′ – 100′ Rope
  • Sattelite Phone (Rental Available)
  • Maps