What to Bring

Suggested clothing and personal items for your BWCA canoe trip

Some of the following items may be available for purchase in our small but well-appointed outfitting shop.


Reliable waterproof rain jacket and rain pants. Ponchos are discouraged.
1 or 2 light weight long-sleeved shirts (at least one made of nylon or poly)
1 warm non-cotton long-sleeved top (fleece, poly, or wool).
1 or 2 t-shirts (at least one non cotton)
2 pairs of non-cotton (nylon or quick dry) pants. Jeans are discouraged.
1 pair non-cotton long underwear tops and bottoms
1 pair of shorts
2 pairs of wool socks. Wool keeps your feet warmer and more comfortable than cotton. For trips longer than three days, add extra pairs of wool socks.
1 pair of cotton socks for camp
Extra underwear


Wet boots. These will be wet while canoeing and portaging. Old sneakers generally work well. Hiking boots with good ankle support for portaging work well, but keep in mind that they will get totally submerged. Do not use flip flops, crocs, or open-toed sandals. During cool conditions, some people prefer to wear knee-high rubber boots with an aggressive tread to keep their feet dry.
Dry shoes. These are your lightweight camp shoes. Tennis shoes, heavy duty closed toe sandals, boat shoes, or moccasins work well.


Hat with wide brim for sun protection
Non-cotton knit or fleece warm hat


Sunscreen and lip balm, both with SPF protection
Sunglasses and lanyard
Lanyard for your prescription eyeglasses
Insect repellant. At least 25% DEET is effective against mosquitoes, but not biting flies. Insect repellents containing the ingredients MGK 264 and MGK 326 are effective against biting flies. Bring both. You can buy these at our shop.
Toiletries (personal items, etc.)
Toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss
Prescription medication
Small hand towel or washcloth
Waterproof camera and memory/film, or a non-waterproof camera with water protection
Lightweight reading material, paper, and pencil (Optional)


Small flashlight or headlamp with good batteries
First aid kit
Pocketknife or multitool (Optional)
Fishing rods, tackle, fillet knife, and license (If planning to fish). Click here for our suggested fishing tackle list.

Canoe Trip Gear List

Our Complete Outfitting Package includes all of this.

Ultra-lightweight Wenonah Kevlar Canoes
Life Vests
Detailed Waterproof Navigation Maps
Lightweight Backcountry Tent
Waterproof Rain Tarp
Navigation Compass
BWCAW-Approved Food
Food Pack
Specialized Portage Packs for Gear, Clothing, and Personal Items
Sleeping Bags
Self-inflating Sleeping Pads
Cook Kit, Fry Pan, and Coffee Pot
Cook Grate and Trowel (Quetico Only)

Water Filter
Camp Stove and Fuel
Crazy Creek Camp Chairs
Toilet Paper
Hand Sanitizer
Folding Bucket
50′ of Utility Cord
Matches and Lighter
Bear Rope System
Pack Saw
Personal Water Bottles
Small Roll of Duct Tape
Therm-A-Rest Pack Pillow
Shuttle to/from Entry Point
Dish Cleaning Kit Including Biodegradable Soap and Pot Scrubbers