Clothing Gear List for Kids: 5+ Day Canoe Trips

Kids ages 7+

1 pair of long johns

1 fleece

2 pairs of river pants

3 t-shirts

1 long sleeved shirt

3-5 pairs of wool socks

3 pairs underwear

2 pairs of PJs (optional – some of our kid prefer to sleep in their clothes or long johns)

Rain Coat

Rain Pants

Winter Hat

Sun Hat

Swim Suit (Our kids like to wear board shorts with rash guard shirts.  The rash guard shirts also offer good sun protection when paddling)

1 pair Keen sandals

1 pair Bogs

1 pair runners or crocs

Whistle on a lanyard

Lifejacket

Headlamp

Swedish Fireknife

 

Kids ages 4-6

1 pair of long johns

1 fleece

2-3 pairs of river pants

3 t-shirts

2 long sleeved shirts

5-6 pairs of socks

4 pairs underwear

2 pairs of PJs

Rain Coat

Rain Pants

Winter Hat

Sun Hat

Sun Suit

1 pair Keen sandals

1 pair Bogs

1 pair runners or crocs

1 Nalgene sippy cup for in the tent

Whistle on a lanyard

Lifejacket

Headlamp

Swedish Fireknife (We start teaching our kids knife skills at age 4 or 5, so by age 5 they usually get to carry their own knife.  Use your own judgment/common sense about whether your child is ready to carry their own knife or not)

 

Kids ages 0-3

2 pairs of long johns

2 fleeces

3 pairs of river pants

4 t-shirts

4 long sleeved shirts

6 pairs of socks

5 pairs underwear (if potty trained)

3 sleepers with built in feet

1-2 full body rain suits

1 pair of rain pants

Winter Hat

Sun Hat

Sun Suit

1 pair Keen sandals*

2 pairs of rain boots or 1 pair of bogs*

1 pair runners or crocs*

*for little ones who are mobile

1 Nalgene sippy cup for in the tent

1 full body bib (something like this) for meal time (goes in with the kitchen kit)

1 spill proof snack cup (something like this)

Whistle on a lanyard

Lifejacket

 

Pull-ups – 2 for each night.  Unless the child is completely potty trained (i.e. has not had a night-time accident in a very long time and I’m absolutely certain they won’t have an accident) I put them in a pull-up at night.  I’m just not willing to risk having someone pee all over our sleeping bags.

For babies/toddlers I bring 5-10 diapers per day depending on their age/output.  You probably have a good idea how many diapers your little one goes through in a day, so use your judgment.  That being said, I always bring extra diapers just in case someone ends up with the runs.  I’ve never come close to running out of diapers on a trip, but it’s also not something I want to risk.

Wet wipes – one package of the Kirkland Signatures wipes from Costco lasts us for at least a one-week trip.  If we are going out for two weeks I usually bring an extra pack just to be safe.  Again, this isn’t something I want to run out of.  

 

A Few Other Things…..

For cold weather trips (i.e. early spring or fall) we bring an extra long-sleeve shirt, one pair of socks per day, sometimes an extra sweater, paddling gloves and a pair of mitts to wear around camp.

Eva, Josh and I each have a Buff that we wear.  In my opinion, they are a bit pricy for the amount of fabric, but that being said, I do think they are a worthwhile investment if you have the cash.  If you know how to sew it would be really easy to make one yourself.  Update - Eva shows you how to make your own here.

Socks are one thing that we don’t skimp on.  We always bring several pairs of wool socks for our kids, especially for the little ones (i.e. ages 18mos-6years).  It’s not uncommon for kids to go through 2 pairs of socks per day when it’s cold and rainy.

If you are doing a short trip (2-4 days) you might be able to cut back on clothing a bit, but our philosophy has always been that we would rather carry a couple of extra clothing items for our kids to ensure that they are warm and comfy, especially for the little ones.