Q. Hey Gear Guy, I was just wondering what kinds of special gear my troop should get when going on a canoe trip? We are going down the Delaware River and as ASPL I was assigned to learn what sorts of stuff we needed. We are only going for a couple days and I would be really grateful if you could help. Thanks so much.
—Zach the ASPL, Havertown, Pa.
A. Here’s a quick checklist for you, Zach:
- PFD (a.k.a. life jacket)
- Canoe paddle
- Spare paddle
- Dry bag
- Lightweight rain gear
- Sunglasses with strap
- Sunscreen, non-oily cream sunscreen
- Water bottle with clip
- Swim trunks
- Wide-brimmed hat
- Insect repellant, DEET based
- Water sandals
- Plus all your regular camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, first-aid kit, etc.)
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