Canoe Day Touring Checklist

Heading to the water? Our comprehensive checklist for a day of canoeing includes required and optional gear, clothing and accessories.

Canoe Basics

  • Canoe
  • Paddle (1 per paddler)
  • Extra paddle
  • Personal flotation device (1 per paddler)
  • Extra PFD
  • Seat
  • Knee pads
  • Yoke (with pads)
  • Dry bags (for gear organization)
  • Spray covers
  • Weather/VHF radio
  • Signaling devices (whistle, mirror, flares)
  • Float bags
  • Emergency floating throw line (with throw bag)
  • Bailer or bilge pump
  • Sponges

Core Gear

  • Maps and charts in waterproof case
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Matches/lighter/fire starter in waterproof container
  • Knife or multi-tool
  • 2-way radios
  • Cell phone in protective bag
  • Multifunction watch
  • Headlamp or flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • First-aid supplies (see our First-Aid Checklist)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Water bottles (filled)
  • Water treatment method (and backup)
  • Energy food (bars, gels, trail mix)
  • Beverages or powdered drinks


  • Dry suit or top
  • Paddling gloves or pogies
  • Neoprene footwear
  • Sandals
  • Helmet
  • Sun-shielding hat
  • Hat or cap retainer
  • Skullcap
  • Bandana or buff
  • Wool/synthetic cap or balaclava
  • Moisture-wicking T-shirt
  • Moisture-wicking underwear
  • Rashguard
  • Swimsuit
  • Shorts or convertible pants
  • Sun-shielding shirt (long sleeves) and pants
  • Spray jacket or rainwear (jacket and pants)
  • Synthetic vest or jacket (for insulation)
  • Synthetic gloves or mittens

Repair-Kit Options

  • Sealant (such as Aquaseal)
  • Bailing wire (copper, small roll)
  • Nylon cord (or bungee cords)
  • Putty
  • Replacement nuts/bolts
  • Repair/duct tape

Other Day Gear Options

  • Lunch
  • Energy food (bars, gels, trail mix)
  • Beverages or powdered drinks
  • Cooler (with ice)
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Duffels (to supplement dry bags)
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper and sanitation trowel
  • Permits and licenses
  • Fishing gear
  • Notebook and pen or pencil
  • Credit card; small amount of cash
  • Trip itinerary left with friend + under car seat

Riverside Recreation is located in Forest County along the Allegheny River in West Hickory, PA.  We have an 8 mile canoe or kayak float on the Allegheny River from Tidioute to West Hickory which will take from 2 to 4 hours to complete.  A 10 mile and overnight floats are also available.  You will be shuttled up river to Tidioute or other designated boat launches and you will float to West Hickory.  This stretch of river is calm with a few ripples, a few deep sections and no white water.  It’s a very relaxing and enjoyable trip. Contact us today at 814-463-9235 or visit


Author: Riverside Recreation

Riverside Recreation opened in the summer of 2011 by Pam and Tim Sneeringer. We are located in Forest County along the Allegheny River in West Hickory, PA. Rustic River Front cabins are available to rent. One day rental is $55 or $100 for two days.

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