Canoe camping is the trip that combines overnight tent camping with canoe as a vehicle of choice. Canoe camping is a sure way that gives extra fun, adventure, scenic beauty, exercise and relaxation.
It is similar to backpacking, but canoe campers go through canoes or kayaks. This is a recreation activity, initially practiced in North America.
With canoe camping, you can carry heavier or bulkier loads when compared to backpacking so that you can travel more distance easily under favorable circumstances.
Canoe camping makes your dream come true. It allows you to experience all the beauty the nature offers. There is nothing wonderful than going in a canoe down hurrying or gently flowing watercourse through a woody wilderness.
Canoe camping is inexpensive and beginner-friendly. It needs few skills and very little equipment when compared to general camping and equipment.
You will get shoreline or riverfront campsites only for $5-10 each night. Camping with your family and friends makes the adventure trip livelier and inexpensive.
It is ideal to take a 16-foot canoe, about 12 inches deep and 34 inches across for two persons’ canoe camping trip.
Provide one paddle for each person in the canoe and also equip an additional paddle for caution. Each person in the canoe should wear lifejackets, particularly while the canoe is in water.
How to plan for canoe camping?
1. If you are new to canoe camping, ensure that you practice paddle handling, particularly while banking and turning. Practice getting in and out of the canoe and pack and unpack it. If it is possible, spend one night camping on your dry run. This allows you to get an idea about what equipment and materials you can put behind on a long trip and what are the necessary items without which you cannot live.
2. Select your best waterway. Browse online to find best canoe camping sites. Information sources you found online can help you to match up your canoe route with your complete vacation plans.
3. Map the route. Note down on a paper things such as how long you can travel each day, where you can rest every night, what are the off water terrains, can you stop to swim, fish or eat along the route, are there any places to stop and search for shelter if the weather is bad, and what are the trips you want to take.