My Camping Checklist

I’m about to embark on my first-ever solo canoe trip. I’m going for 5 days and waiting patiently for the ice to melt off the lakes in Algonquin Park. I plan to go the first week of May, so if the ice isn’t out of Algonquin, I’ll have to go to a different location.

I’m looking forward to not carrying two of almost everything, but I will still have to bring quite a few standard items. Here’s my detailed camping list for backcountry canoe camping. The list includes all items for me, my husband and our dog, Banjo.

Cobi’s Canoe Trippin’ Camping List

Sample Meal Ideas:

Breakfasts: instant oatmeal, coffee, muffins, pb & jam.

Lunches: protein bar, crackers, cheese, hummus, protein rice crisp bars and figs.

Dinners: one-pot goulash, chilimac & cornbread, quesadilla, one-pot spaghetti, and mushroom stroganoff.

Misc: Mac & cheese, lemon pudding, English toffee pudding, a few peanut m&ms, hot chocolate and tea.

Let me know if I’ve forgotten anything on my list (like a compass). I hope this helps with your planning, especially if you’re just getting into backcountry camping. I can tell you packing is a refined process. At first your gear is heavy and bulky but eventually you invest in quality and lightweight items. And, you learn what not to bring (like wash cloths or scrub pads that never dry. Pine needles work great!).

If you have any questions or are looking for advice or want to know the specific brands of gear we have, leave me a comment.

Happy camping!


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Giuseppe Gigliotti says:


    Kind regards, Giuseppe Gigliotti EET, EPt.


  2. C says:

    Wow thats a lot to carry for a solo trip!! What would you recommend in your dog’s first aid kit? I have to build one for my solo backpack trip this summer–just me & my dog…

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    1. Thanks for your comment, C. It is a lot, but that’s the list for my husband, our dog and I. I will have to bring most of that stuff for myself.

      I would recommend checking out the post I did on a DIY: Wilderness Emergency Kit

      I’ve included a section for our dog’s first aid kit.

      It looks like a lot of stuff, but once you condense it, put the liquids in smaller containers, it doesn’t seem so big. It’s also better to be prepared than not (as we found out).


  3. Jeff D says:

    Have fun on your solo trip! I am also eagerly awaiting ice out in Algonquin since its where I like to start my canoe season trekking

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    1. Thank you so much, Jeff! I’m getting excited. Looks like lots of rain next week, but that’s to be expected in Algonquin. I’m sure it won’t rain the whole time…. 🙂

      Looking forward to taking pictures, making videos and just unwinding from a busy and stressful first year of school!


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