This list assumes you will be renting a canoe. At the end of this list I will list the things that I bring as a canoe owner.
What to wear:
- Dress in a bathing suit or shirt and shorts. Bring an entire set of dry clothes including shoes.
- Shoes: water shoes or old tennis shoes. I like to wear them with old socks, but to each his own. Sandals which have a covered toe like Keens are fine, sandals which do not are not a good idea. Your feet will get wet. Flip flops are not a good solution, beside the fact you may lose them getting into and out of the canoe, your feet will not be protected.
- Hat. Wear a brim hat or baseball cap for the sun.
- Complete change for clothes, including shoes and socks.
Cooler Weather: see this article on Canoeing with Children
- water bottle or two for each person (I usually pack 2 water bottles per person).
- lunch for each person, maybe in cooler
- bug spray (optional) — I rarely need this, but some people like to have it.
- sunglasses and glasses restraint (croakies)
- lunch/snacks (optional)
- a dry bag (if you have it)
If you are bringing kids
- water toys that float, including balls, squirt guns, pool noodles.
- If your child has his or her own life vest, bring it. It will always fit better than a rental.
If you have a canoe
- one paddle for each adult plus one extra
- kid paddle (optional)
- life vest for each person
- removable seat (optional) or something for children to sit on in the middle
- Dry bag for stuff you want to keep dry.
- Big sponge –for getting water out of the boat