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Packing list for a canoe trip

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Packing list for a canoe trip

Before we started the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, we had no experience with canoeing. We searched blogs on the internet with packing lists and put together our own packing list. We soon discovered that we had made good choices. Our goal was to travel as lightly as possible because of all portages. At the end of the canoe trail it was cold during the day and we noticed that our water shoes and neoprene socks were not warm enough. We also missed rain trousers, mainly to protect us against the cold wind. Your legs don't move in the canoe and cool down considerably. On the bike and hiking we use a poncho if it rains, but that was too cold in the canoe.

Our gear in our canoe consisted of four separate bags and looked like this:

NRS Bill's bag 65L: sleeping gear (tent, sleeping bags, mattresses) + clothes
NRS Bill's bag 65L: cooking gear (fuel stove, pans, saw) + food + spare parts + hiking shoes
NRS High Roll duffel 35L: camera gear, guide book, maps, toilet bag, ponchos, lock, tarp
NRS dry bag 10L: toilet paper, binoculars, energy bars, wind jacket, compass
In addition, we had a few other things in the canoe that we tied to the canoe or the bags during portages, such as the paddles, the life jackets, drinking bottles and the sponge. We finally tied the wheels on top of one of the duffel bags.





  • MSR Whisperlite brander
  • MSR Fuel bottle 375 ml
  • BoCamp cooking set
  • Care-Plus Waterfilter
  • Cooking gear: spatula, 2 forks, 2 spoons, 1 knife, can opener
  • Spices: pepper, salt, Italian spices, broth cubes
  • Swiss knife
  • Decathlon 750 ml water bottle
  • Nalgene 1 liter water bottle
  • Foam seating pad
  • 20 meter rope (bear cable)
  • 2 x 20 liter dry-bag (food bags)
  • Ortlieb 4 liter water bag
  • LightMyFire fire stick
  • Lighter
  • Whipe


  • Kobo Glo HD e-reader
  • Nikon D3300 camera, charger and 3 batteries
  • 18-110mm Nikon lens
  • 50mm Nikon lens
  • YouPro camera timer
  • Aluminium camera tripod
  • XStorm 15.000 mAh powerbank
  • Travel power plug
  • Garmin Instinct sport watch
  • Iphone 6
  • Fairphone 2
  • GoPro including 2 batteries
  • Mavic Air drone including controller and chargers
  • JBL Clip 2 mini speaker
  • Sigma Rox 12.0 cycling gps
  • WakaWaka Power Plus solar charger
  • Vartra head lamp


  • 2 x underwear
  • 2 pair of hiking socks
  • 1 pair of normal socks
  • T-shirt short sleeves cotton
  • Decathlon Quechua short sleeves hiking shirt
  • Decathlon Quechua long sleeves hiking shirt
  • Thermo shirt long sleeves
  • Nomad ultralight merino shirt long sleeves
  • Icebreaker Merino long sleeves
  • North Face Polartec vest
  • Decathlon Forclaz 500 Trekking down jacket
  • North Face Tanken Zip in jacket
  • Xenos poncho
  • Fjallraven long pants
  • Thermo legging
  • 2 x short hiking pants
  • Swimming pants
  • Patagonia cap
  • Summer buff
  • Barts hat
  • NRS waterproof gloves (not recommended)
  • Salomon Gore-Tex mittens
  • 2 x handkerchief
  • Sun glasses
  • teddy bear
  • Nomad bag organizer M
  • Merrell Moab FST 2 hiking shoes
  • NRS water shoes


  • 3 x underwear
  • 2 x sport bra
  • 2 pair of hiking socks
  • 1 pair of normal socks
  • Casual shirt long sleeves
  • 2 x Decathlon Domyos sport top
  • Nomad Merino Ultralight short sleeves
  • Nomad Merino thermo long sleeves
  • Thermoshirt long sleeves
  • Icebreaker Merino long sleeves
  • Casual vest long sleeves
  • Hagloffs fleece vest
  • Mammut Venture 2 jacket
  • The North Face wind jacket
  • Xenos poncho
  • Fjallraven long pants
  • Thermo legging
  • 2 x short hiking pants
  • Lightweight long pants
  • Bikini
  • Lightweight cloth (multifunctional)
  • Summer and winter buff
  • Patagonia cap
  • Sun glasses
  • Summer gloves
  • NRS waterproof gloves (not recommended)
  • SeaToSummit bag organizer L
  • Salomon XA Pro 3D GTX W Trailrunning
  • Keno water sandels
  • NRS neopreen socks


  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpast
  • Body lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Mini deo
  • Block of alum
  • Ear plugs
  • Sunscream
  • DEET
  • Tampons
  • Panty liners
  • Vaseline
  • Soap
  • Razor blade
  • Nail scissor
  • Sewing set
  • EHBO set
  • Rubytec Microfiber towel medium


  • Amazonas Ultralight Adventure Tarp
  • Wolverine 19cm hand saw
  • Compass
  • Bresser binoculars
  • Survival blanket
  • Passport
  • Vaccination passport
  • Credit card
  • Small mirror (visibility in emergency situations)

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