PACKING CANOES FOR A RIVER TRIP
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.
Paddles and spares
Tent (ropes, stakes, repair kit)
Sleeping bag in stuff sack
Sleeping pad/air mattress
GPS or compass, map
First aid kit
Water filter or purifier tablets or pot for boiling
Trash bags: Allagash Wilderness Waterway is carry in-carry out
Fry pan and spatula
Cups – include measuring cup
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
Long sleeved shirt: synthetic, fleece, wool, nylon
Short Sleeve shirts
Set synthetic/poly long underwear, top and bottom
Lightweight jacket: fleece, synthetic, wool
Brimmed hat for sun protection
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.