What to Take on a One Day Canoe Trip

Packing for a one day canoe trip is similar to packing for any other day out in nature. There are, of course, some big differences. You need a canoe, paddle, and a PFD, but what other items should you bring on a one day canoe trip?

Here’s a checklist for a day of canoeing. You may want to add or omit gear, but this list should help you get started!

Canoe gear

  • Canoe chair, pad, or knee pads
  • Dry bags
  • Large car sponge or bilge pump
  • Extra paddle

Sun protection

  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Wide brim hat
  • Sunglasses
  • UPF clothing such as a lightweight long sleeve sun shirt


Keep in mind that you need to dress for the weather. Think about the outdoor temperature, water temperature, cloud coverage, precipitation, and wind speed.

  • Quick drying pants, shorts, or a swimsuit
  • Synthetic short sleeve or long sleeve top
  • Insulating layer
  • Water proof shell
  • Water shoes or strap on sandals
  • Bandana


  • Water bottle or water reservoir
  • Cooler
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Energy bars
  • Electrolyte drink mixes
  • Cup or bowl
  • Utensils
  • Backpacking stove
  • Trash bag
  • Recycling bag


  • Day pack
  • Hammock
  • Portable camping chair
  • Ball, disc, or cards


  • Toilet paper
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Emergency blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Insect repellent
  • Whistle
  • Repair kit
  • Fire starter or lighter
  • Spare key


  • Knife
  • Towels or PackTowl
  • Paracord
  • Tubular webbing
  • S-Biners
  • Clips


Try to limit the amount of gear that you bring with you, and consolidate your belongings. You’ll be glad you did if you accidentally dump.

Keep some gear in your car for when it’s time to shuttle or go home. Consider stashing a change of clothes, a trash bag or plastic bin for wet gear, an extra water bottle, and some snacks.

Visit us at Uncle Sam’s Safari Outfitters before your next outdoor adventure!

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