A summer canoe trip offers the perfect opportunity to paddle away from civilization and to disconnect from the distractions of daily life. It’s a chance to wind down, break away from busy schedules and be inspired by the great outdoors.
Whether it’s a day trip, an overnight paddle or a multi-day expedition, you’ll want to pack some essentials for the ride. Here’s a list of items our savvy Heatsheets staff would bring along for the adventure:
Navigation – Whether you’re old school and travel with a paper map or you use your cell phone to guide the way, be sure to store your gear in a safe and dry container/Ziploc bag.
First Aid Kit – Even when not on dry land, you should still travel with a first-aid kit. Band-Aids, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic, OTC medication and necessary prescriptions for paddlers ensure you are prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws your way.
Clothing – Besides the obvious, swimsuit, sun hat, and water shoes, remember to pack for inclement weather conditions as well, since you can be subjected to unpredictable summer showers. Clothing items like a jacket, rain gear, and towels can keep you comfortable in unforeseen temperatures.
Perhaps, one of the most important things to remember is that you’re on this trip to paddle away from your busy schedules and to disconnect from technology, specifically your smart phone that dings throughout the day. Take the time to truly appreciate your surroundings and the peaceful sounds of nature. You’ll feel refreshed and gain the motivation to tackle another week on dry land.
Don’t forget to pack your Heatsheets Emergency Blankets no matter where you paddle off to. The lightweight and infinitely portable blankets fold to pocketsize and are the perfect addition when trying to be extra cautious of every ounce you add to your bag pack. They also double as gear covers or emergency shelter. The wind and water resistant emergency blankets can be worn silver side in to stay warm or silver side out to stay cool.