The Lowdown

BWCA/Camping Gear Checklist

July 30, 2013

Are you heading out on a canoe/portage-style camping trip? You’ll want to check out this gear list first. These essentials might make or break your trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA(W)) or another similar place.

BWCA photo with text: Camping Gear Check List



Food Pack, Camp Kitchen or Front Pack

Tent, Stakes and Poles

  • Repair kit – duct tape, sewing kit, super glue
  • Paracord
  • Rain fly
  • Ground cloth or tarp


The following stuff sacks will all fit in our canoe packs. Try the #2, #3, #4 Duluth Pack, Monarch or Timber Cruiser:

Stuff Sack #1 – Sleeping Gear

Stuff Sack #2 – Clothing

If trip is before June or after August

Stuff Sack #3 – Miscellaneous Items

Under Top Flap of Pack

  • Rain jacket and pants
  • One tarp per canoe for covering packs while paddling

Fanny Pack, Pockets and Thwart Bags

Additional Items


With all of this gear, you’re guaranteed to be prepared and enjoy your trip to the BWCA.

Check out some planning, routes, and permit tips here: How to Plan a BWCAW Canoe Trip

Is there anything else you always pack? Lets us know in the comments below!

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