Different kind of adventures, ask for different kind of gear. To give you some inspiration for your next (canoe) trip, we thought we would share nine things we brought canoeing – all of which we will definitely bring along next time too!
Anavay Frontier Stove
Hello portable kitchen and central heating! We never could have imagined how we both fell in love with this frontier stove. It packs away fairly light and small, about the size of a sports bag, but adds a whole lot of comfort to your base camp. When you like to cook outdoors, you will love the opportunities it gives you. It burns great, releasing its warmth perfectly. It also has two rods along the side for drying towels, and other small things like socks.
Robens Water Kettle
This kettle combined with the frontier stove, makes our kitchen complete. Hot water makes doing the dishes easy, is an instant source of water for coffee and tea, and also makes outdoor bath time fun. Your feet bum and canoeing partner will appreciate it, you can believe us on this one!
Cast Iron Skillet
A skillet is such a versatile piece in every kitchen, indoors ánd outdoors. Works great for bannocks, but also for meat and stir fry veggies. And although it is not the lightest option around, it is worth its weight in gold.
Robens Fairbanks Tepee
Not only does this tipi look good (we think so at least), it is the perfect size for the two of us when we opt for a bit of luxury. With being almost 6.5 feet (2 meters) long, it can be a bit of a hassle to find a tent that is long enough for Johan. Especially in winter time or very rainy weather, it is important to have enough room, so your feet won’t touch canvas. This can cause unnecessary cold or even wet feet. This Faitbanks tepee has enough room to get dressed inside, and keep us and all our stuff dry. For that true glamping feeling.
This little cutie is the Uco Micro and it is the smallest of the Uco lantern family. We also own the regular version, but like this small one the best, because it can hold tea lights. Simply add a tea light, lite, and enjoy the light. It can handle a fair bit of rain and wind, is easy to hang in tents and in trees, light and compact to carry with you. If you accidentally hit it and spoil candle wax, it can be easily cleaned up too.
Although we find Stanley can’t be beaten by keeping fluids warm for the longest of times, we really enjoy having this 12 oz Klean Canteen with us. It holds two cups of coffee or tea, and has an amazing wide drinking mouthpiece. This making it an convenient item to have packed away in a day bag.
Nalgene bottles are durable, strong, BPA free, and this one holds up to one liter of water (32 oz). It has a wide mouth, which makes it easy to fill up. We like to keep it filled up when we get the chance, and take it with us wherever we go. It is always a good idea to have some water at hand!
When you go canoeing, footwear is easily overlooked. We like to go bare feet while canoeing, and wear neoprene boat shoes when walking on jetties or rocky watersides. We know by now canoeing takes you to the most beautiful places and little islands, and in order to explore those a little bit further -without risking hurting our feet- we bring our boots. Yes this means we carry multiple shoes with us on a canoeing trip, but the security and comfort is definitely worth it. We like leather for its looks and durability. These Doctor Martens have great grip, even when wet, are breathable and quite waterproof as well.
We use wool blankets to sit on, sleep under and to cuddle up in. They keep their insulating effect, even when damp or wet, which makes it a great addition to every canoe pack. Wool blankets can be added underneath your air mattress (we love the Thermarest Neoair), for extra insulation on colder days, and on top for extra warmth. You don’t need to spend all your bucks a 100% wool blanket, we find ours at surplus stores and thrift shops.
We do realize that the items as mentioned above are all quite a bit of glamping items. Although we do like to go minimal too, we also enjoy setting up a more permanent camp. What items would you omit or add for your own adventures?
Feel free to share a comment, advice, question or your thoughts on this subject. They are always much appreciated!