Big Canoe or Sailing Expedition Packing List

The following quantities are recommended for our Big Canoe and Sailing expeditions. All items should be clearly marked. Please do not bring expensive items to camp!



To be packed in a small duffle bag, backpack or dry bag:

  • 3-4 pairs of shorts (nylon dries faster than cotton)

  • 3-4 T-shirts (nylon dries faster than cotton, but nice to have a cotton shirt or two)

  • 1-2 Tank tops q 1-2 pairs athletic pants (fleece pants or quick dry are best)

  • 1-2 Dry fit or fleece long sleeves (long sleeve cotton is nice for camp)

  • 1 jacket or warm vest (fleece, down, etc.) q Underwear, undergarments, etc.

  • 5 pairs socks (one wool or synthetic – and cotton)

  • 1-2 swimsuits q 1 pair of sturdy sandals (Crocs, Keens, Tevas, Chacos, etc. – need heel strap)

  • 1 pair of flip flops

  • 1 pair athletic shoes for camp (old shoes are better!) q Rain jacket and rain pants

  • Long underwear – top and bottom fleece top (optional based on weather)

  • 1 pair of jeans (optional- you will not bring jeans for trip, but you can leave them at Gallagher)


  • Travel size toothpaste and toothbrush

  • Travel size lotion, soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc.

Camping Gear

  • Sleeping bag

  • Sleeping pad

  • 2 large garbage bags

  • 2-3 extra gallon zip locks

  • Flashlight (headlamp)

  • 1 visor/baseball hat to keep sun off

  • Stocking hat or beanie

  • Sunscreen (30 or higher preferred)

  • Insect repellent q Chap stick (w/ SPF)

  • Sunglasses

  • Towel -Small or medium sized (pack towels are awesome)

  • Plastic cup, spoon/spork and bowl (Tupperware with lid works well!)

  • 2 quart size (32 oz) water bottles

Optional Items

  • Bandanas

  • Book

  • Camera

  • Dry bag

  • Camping pillow (optional) (we cannot pack regular sized pillows on the boat)

Please do NOT bring

  • Music player

  • Electronic games

  • Cell phones

  • Pets

  • Gum

  • Matches

  • Fireworks

  • Knives/guns/weapons