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Gear for a canoe trip

Q. Hey Gear Guy, I was just wondering what kinds of special gear my troop should get when going on a canoe trip? We are going down the Delaware River and as ASPL I was assigned to learn what sorts of stuff we needed. We are only going for a couple days and I would be really grateful if you could help. Thanks so much.
—Zach the ASPL, Havertown, Pa.

A. Here’s a quick checklist for you, Zach:

  • PFD (a.k.a. life jacket)
  • Canoe paddle
  • Spare paddle
  • Dry bag
  • Lightweight rain gear
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • Sunscreen, non-oily cream sunscreen
  • Water bottle with clip
  • Swim trunks
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Towel
  • Insect repellant, DEET based
  • Water sandals
  • Plus all your regular camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, first-aid kit, etc.)

Comments about “Gear for a canoe trip”

  1. Zoid33 says:

    Just don’t stand in the canoe. That’s Washington’s job

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