Exploring Life on and Around Lake Champlain
Canoe and kayak trips require as much planning and pre-trip preparation as a vacation; in fact, sometimes they require more. When you vacation, you can usually pick up a toothbrush at the front desk or the corner store. When you’re camping on sand bars in the middle of nowhere, that just isn’t possible.
“Be Prepared Stow Your Gear in Waterproof Containers”
The following general check list can be used on trips lasting two or more days. Here’s a helpful hint on meal planning – prepare each meal, on paper, for the entire trip. You’ll be able to include a good variety, eliminate duplication and make sure that you don’t leave at home that one ingredient needed for that special meal.
Tip: Print out this form and use for your next trip; click “File” , “Print”
Basic canoe equipment you will need for a one-day trip
PFD (life jacket), 1 per person
65 ft. throwline
Maps in waterproof case
Flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries and bulbs
First Aid Kit
Matches in waterproof container and firestarter
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Required licenses, permits and I.D.
Canoe chair/back rest
Plastic bailer and large sponge for bailing
Bow and stern painter (rope), 20 ft.
Canoe repair kit and/or epoxy
Waterproof gear bags (dry bags)
Extra plastic bags
Sun hat (with brim)
Waterproof jacket and pants
Waterproof sandals or booties
Select the items to fit your particular trip needs and the level of comfort that you desire
Tent, tarp or bivy sack
Gear repair/sewing kit
Sleeping bag in waterproof stuff sack
Sleeping pad/air mattress
Stove and fuel
Cook set, dishes and utensils
Liquid, biodegradable soap and pot scrubber
“Be sure to review your checklist before leaving on your canoe trip”
Collapsible water container (2-3 gallon capacity)
Lantern w/extra mantles
100-ft. accessory cord
Camera and film w/waterproof case
Notebook and pencil
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Small bath towel
Other personal toiletry items
Camping/fire permits, if needed
Map and itinerary of trip
Canoe & kayak carts offer an easier way to simply walk your craft to the launching site.
Check our comparison of the top rated carts.
Cooler/ice chest (optional)
Aspirin and antihistamine