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Essential Packing and Gear list for a canoe trip on the Allagash River!

Essential Packing and Gear list for a canoe trip on the Allagash River!

Allagash River Canoe Trip Packing List

Preparation is key to a successful canoe trip on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway

There are no stores or cell service along the Allagash Wilderness Waterway so if you don't bring it, you'll need to get by without it. Being prepared with proper food and water supplies and essential gear will set you up for an enjoyable trip along the river.  You will need to be self reliant and be able to self rescue if necessary so pack accordingly.  Use this packing list as a helpful guide as you think about what you'll need.

GEAR

Canoe

Paddles and spares

PFDs

Throw bag

Hatchet/bucksaw

Dry bags

Tent (ropes, stakes, repair kit)

2 tarps

Sleeping bag in stuff sack

Sleeping pad/air mattress

Daypack

GPS or compass, map

First aid kit

Knife

Water filter or purifier tablets or pot for boiling

Water bottle

Duct tape

Insect repellant

Sunscreen

Chapstick

Flashlight

Sunglasses

Camera

Binoculars

Nylon rope

Toliet Paper

Trash bags:  Allagash Wilderness Waterway is carry in-carry out

Cooking Essentials

Matches/lighter

Nesting pots/pans

Fry pan and spatula

Pot holder

Can opener

Stove/fuel

Bowls/plates

Cups – include measuring cup

Personal utensils

Dishpan/soap

Pot scrubber

Ziplock bags

Pail

Clothing

Sandals with heel strap or wet shoes for river crossings

Dry shoes for around camp: crocs, sneakers, lightweight hiking boots

Sturdy boots for portage

Long pants:  no denim, something quick drying

Shorts:

Long sleeved shirt:  synthetic, fleece, wool, nylon

Short Sleeve shirts

Set synthetic/poly long underwear, top and bottom

Lightweight jacket:  fleece, synthetic, wool

Rain gear

Brimmed hat for sun protection

Gloves

Lightweight socks

Food

Unlike backpacking, a canoe makes it easy to bring a lot of gear.  Some paddlers enjoy campfire cooking and plan hearty meals while others prefer freeze dried food to cut down on weight.

If you do bring a cooler, consider freezing meats, butter, cheese, juice, etc ahead of time.

Bring some non perishable food items as well like pasta, rice, oatmeal, peanut butter, nuts, dried fruit and granola.