While this list is purely subjective from the point of view of a canoe camper, you will find that these five items are among a list of most common items found on a leisurely overnight canoe camping trip in warm conditions.
Ok, a camping tent comes in a variety of styles, but for family canoe campers the three season six man camping tent seems to be the most common tent. It doesn't matter what brand you purchase, just don't settle to purchase the cheapest camping tent or your comfort may suffer during wet weather situations.
The sleeping bag is one of the most basic items of camping gear, but don't settle for one of those cheap sleeping bags you get at your local Walmart and the other discount retailers. If you want a quality experience you need to select a decent bag. For summer canoe camping select a sleeping bag with a rating of at least 40 degrees. For spring time canoe camping you might need a sleeping bag rated 30 degrees or less.
There are plenty of camping stove options to choose from but for your leisurely warm weather canoe camping trip you can get by with the basic Coleman Stove. THe type of stove you purchase only depends on your preference. I prefer the white gas Coleman Stove, others prefer propane. I also like the heavier dual burner stove on leisurely downriver trips because they allow you to cook more elaborate camping meals and you can do it a whole lot faster than with a single burner stove.
It's a no-brainer that when you go canoeing your gear can get wet. But many canoe campers will elect to use plastic garbage bags to keep gear dry instead of actual dry bags. Well I'll tell you that plastic garbage bags never work for keeping your gear dry because no matter how careful you are you'll always end up with wet gear due to a tear or leak in the bag. Do yourself a favor and purchase a decent selection of dry bags. I promise your trip will be much more enjoyable if you and your gear are dry.
It might seem like going to extremes but a mat or pad for your sleeping bag can make life in the tent much more enjoyable. Sleeping bag mats and pads come in several varities like the blow-up type, and then the basic pad you simply lay between your sleeping bag and the bottom of the tent. Why use a sleeping mat or pad, because they keep you warmer by providing a layer of insulation between you and the ground, and they also offer protection for condensation that builds up in the tent while you sleep. Lift you pad in the morning and inspect for water, you might be amazed at how much has collected through the night.
So there you have it. Five really simple canoe camping items that will help make your canoe camping trip more enjoyable.
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