Early spring and summer camping can be a lot of fun if one decides to bunch in some canoeing too. If canoeing is a part of the itinerary it would pay well to be prepared for it in order to avoid discomfort.
The foremost important thing is that you should know how to swim and have no fear of water. If either of the two is a constraint, canoeing is ruled out as fun for you.
Let’s start with the type of canoe you may need for your trip.
Different types of canoeing trips require suitable canoes to make the trip comfortable.
Expedition Canoes are the choice for long trips as they have plenty of space and can carry large loads. They also need more than two to paddle.
River Canoes are best suited for paddling on fast rivers and the Recreation Canoe is for still water traveling.
Similarly, a white water canoe is best suited to white water canoeing.
Before starting on the trip check the weather forecast for the area you are going to. It will help you determine the kind of clothes to wear.
You need to wear just enough so you don’t end up cold for too many clothes will only add to your load.
You need to pick clothes that will keep you warm and also dry quickly as you are bound to get wet. Also keep in mind the kind of canoeing you are planning and pack the protection gear accordingly.
Remember to dress in layers. It will not only keep you warm if required but will also be easy to reduce just in case you are feeling hot. Cotton clothes though comfortable are not suitable for such trips, as they take ages to dry.
Start with a thin polypropylene interior layer and then add a synthetic fleece fabric garment. This will keep you warm when desired. The final layer should consist of water and windproof protection.
The clothes should be easy to wear, as the change in spring temperatures may make you take the clothes off and put them on again at frequent intervals.
You will need a pair of water proof boots to keep your feet dry. Choose socks that are made of waterproof material like neoprene. You may like a pair of gloves to keep your hands warm and safe from paddling blisters.
Prepare the right way and enjoy the thrills of running over the waters in spring.