What To Bring On Your Camping BWCA Trip

Here you will find a list of things to bring on your Boundary Waters Trip. This list is not exhaustive, but provides you with a great checklist tool. To download a PDF version of this checklist click the button below.

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Personal Items

  • 2 pair pants, or 1 pair pants 1 pair shorts (lightweight & fast drying, wear one/pack one)
  • 2 T-shirts
  • 2 long-sleeved shirts
  • 3 pair underwear
  • Windbreaker
  • Rain Jacket (very important), rain pants
  • 1-2 pair heavy boot socks
  • 1-2 pair lightweight socks
  • 1 pair tennis shoes or sandals (to wear around camp site)
  • 1 pair light weight boots or canoe shoes (with good ankle support is recommended, with non-slip soles)
  • Small flashlight w/extra batteries
  • Lightweight towel & washcloth
  • Bandana
  • Wide brim hat (preferred) or Cap with visor
  • Lip balm & sunscreen
  • Insect repellent (pump or lotion/liquid preferred)
  • Head net
  • Personal toilet articles
  • Gloves, stocking cap, long johns, rubber boots, warm jacket (for Spring, Fall trips)

Group Items

  • Group first aid kit
  • Small roll duct tape for repairs
  • Compass
  • Whistle on a lanyard (for each person)
  • 1 filet knife (for whole group)
  • 1 knife sharpening tool (for whole group)

Optional Items

  • Deck of cards or small games
  • Sunglasses
  • 1 pair pliers (ideal for cooking and fishing accessory)
  • Pocket knife or short blade knife in sheath
  • Sewing kit (small)
  • Reading material
  • Camera in waterproof bag or container
  • Small AM/FM radio for USFS updates (optional)
  • Swimsuit
  • Fishing tackle