Check List

Created 1/20/08 

 What we pack for a week in the North woods
A Check List of Personal Items
  • Prescription Medications
  • Pain Relievers (Tylenol etc)
  • Anti Diarrhea Medication
  • Tums
  • Lip Balm (SPF 15)
  • Hand Cream
  • Tooth Brush and Paste
  • Electric Shaver
  • Unbreakable Mirror
  • Hair Brush
  • Shampoo
  • Unscented Face Soap (Ivory, It floats)
  • Biodegradable Camp Soap (in lieu of last 2 Items, above)
  • Insect Repellent with DEET
  • 2 Dark Bath Towels
  • Mummy Style Sleeping Bag
  • Camp Pillow
  • Pee Jar (Beats going outside to face mosquitoes at night to pee )
  • Small LED Flashlight (To find pee Jar)
  • Camera (In a waterproof container) I use a Digital (Extra batteries)
  • 3 Pair Nylon Pants
  • 3 Pair Nylon Camp Shorts with mesh Underwear
  • 1 Belt 
  • 4 Pair of Socks
  • 2 Sweatshirts or Fleece Tops ( 1 is hooded)
  • 1 Long Sleeved T Shirt (For Layering)
  • 4 T-Shirts
  • 2 Pair of Shoes (One pair, waterproof)
  • Hat, Wide Brimmed (Shades neck)
  • Gloves, Neoprene
  • 1 Pair Long Underwear (2 pair as weather dictates)
  • Winter Jacket
  • Vest
  • Balaclava (Packs light, but will keep head and neck warm)
  • Rain Suit (Zippered legs to fit over boots, Doubles as a windbreaker)
  • Mosquito Hat or Hooded Mosquito Jacket
Camp Shorts worn instead of underwear with nylon pants over them. As the day warms up, pants are removed and put into boats waterproof bag. (Nylon washes easily and dries quickly)

We have experienced temperatures of 35 to 105 degrees F In July & August during the years we have fished Canada. One of our hottest weeks was in June. One of the coldest weeks was in August when a hurricane blew in at mid week on the east coast and brought in high winds and foul weather to the lake we were fishing.
The short answer to "What clothing to bring?" is, "You never know. Be prepared." We do check the local weather prior to leaving home. You can check here for weather to the nearest city.

Boat Gear
  • OB Motors
  • Gas Cans (Full- One Weeks Worth)
  • 2 Cycle Oil (We mix only as needed. Leftover gas goes into vehicle)
  • Landing Net (For landing fish other than pike)
  • Fish Finder
  • Mini Downrigger
  • Boat Seats (With Backs)
  • Auxiliary Power (Trolling motor, oars, paddles)
  • Boat Battery (ies) (Fully charged)
  • Boat Hook
  • Boat Lights(Bow and Stern)
  • Bailer ( 1 gallon plastic jug with lid, bottom cut off)
  • Tiller Extender ( Our design - PVC pipe, rubber hose connector, 2 hose clamps)
  • Anchor and 100 Feet of Line
  • Boat Cushions (Acts as a throwable life preserver)
Camping Gear
Items in Italics Needed When Tenting
  • Tent (Domed) (Eureka)
  • Screened Canopy ( Domed) (Coleman) Cooking, dining, and relaxing free from bugs
  • Camp Stove & Fuel (Coleman Propane) 6 pound tank
  • Favorite Skillet
  • Camp Cooking Set (MSR)
  • Plates, bowls, and tableware, steak knives
  • Cooking Utensils (Spatula, tongs, mixing spoons)
  • Folding Grill
  • Drip Coffee Pots (Or French press).  Only the best coffee for us.
  • Boat Coffee Mugs (Clips over gunwale of boat- our invention)
  • Coffee Grinder ( Our only concession to decadence)
  • DC to AC Power Inverter (Runs coffee grinder)
  • Lantern
  • Electronic Bug Zapper with Extra Batteries
  • 2 Camp Chairs
  • 2 Camp Tables
  • Cot 
  • Camp Knife
  • Folding shovel and toilet paper (if no facilities)
  • Bear Spray
  • Tools; Hammer, Multi tool, Camp Saw
  • 100 Feet 1/4 Rope (Minimum)
  • Tarps 2 each 16 X 20
  • 2 Each 5 Gallon Water Jugs (Collapsible)
  • Solar Shower 5 Gallon
  • Walkie Talkies with extra batteries ( If more than one boatload fishing)
Fishing Gear 
For each 2 men 
  • 2 Rods and Reels Per Man (reels newly spooled with fresh line)
  • Extra Line (12 to 14 Lb Test)
  • 12 Spoons
  • 12 Crank Baits (Half are deep divers)
  • 4 Spinner Baits
  • 2 Buzz Baits
  • 6 Jig Heads Hot Pink and Chartreuse
  • 12 Plastic Tails (Black, Orange, Pink)
  • Minnow Bucket (It is illegal for non residents to trap minnows in Ontario so leave the minnow trap at home}
  • 18 Steel Leaders, 12 inch, 20 or 30 Lb
  • 8 Ball Bearing Snap Swivels
  •  An Assortment of Hooks, Splitshot, and Sinkers
  • Forceps  or Fishing Pliers  to remove  hooks
  • Fish Journal (Keep track of your catch and weather condition)