Personal

  • Raingear outfit with hat or hood. Paddling dry top and pants provide dryness and wind resistance.
  • Boots for camp and portages.
  • Extra clothes for wet changes.
  • Sunglasses (polarized reduces reflection and lets you see down into the water) with strap.
  • Helmet for whitewater trips (you are required to wear a helmet on some rivers. e.g. Elora Gorge).
  • Wetsuit.
  • Flashlight (and batteries) for those late night trips into the woods.
  • Straps for glasses, unless you want a new pair from the insurance company.
  • Shorts expose your legs to bugs and branches.
  • Waterproofing system for clothing and sleeping gear, e.g. barrel, Seal-line dry bags and plastic garbage bags.
  • AVOID COTTON CLOTHING as it is cold and heavy when wet, has no insulating quality and dries slowly or never on the trip. Polyester is better, nylon is even better and quick dry fabric is the best (and the most expensive but you get what you pay for!)

Cold weather

  • Warm hat in cool weather- wool or fleece toque for all day and all night.
  • Gloves - neoprene is best but wool will do. Slipperiness of gloves on paddle can be reduced with rubber nubs.
  • River Boots - neoprene with thick soles are warm and lightweight.
  • Socks: Gortex (keep feet dry and add some warmth) or wool (do not keep feet dry but add warmth).
  • Polar fleece (Polartec) is light weight, scrunchable, quick-drying insulation (even when wet).
  • Polypropylene underwear and more warm socks.