The Perfect List:
Back in 1989 my brother Tim and I found ourselves on a remote Canadian lake, at night, during an intense thunderstorm. Not only were we without a flashlight or life preservers, but large waves were breaking over our overloaded boat when the motor died. How we lived to see another day, I’m not sure. Now 20 years later, I am sure to spend more time preparing and packing so I never find myself in that position again.
Based upon my years traveling to Canada’s remote outposts, here is my best list of personal items to take with you on your next fishing adventure. Remember, this is a suggested packing list to use as a guide. Special consideration should be given to your packing preparations if you are going on a fly-in trip. These trips are different because you are given a strict weight restriction to abide by with your gear. In these circumstance, pack wisely and only take what you need. Also, try to coordinate some items with others in your group as much as possible to reduce over-packing.
- Passport and Drivers License
- Airline tickets
- Receipts from lodge
- Itinerary – leave copy with loved ones back home
- Money – Most lodges in Canada accept both US and Canadian funds. If getting CND funds it is suggested you use a bank in Canada to avoid heavy fees for conversion.
PERSONAL GEAR TIPS:
- Coordinate shared items such as coolers, rod tubes, dish towels and first aid kits with all group members.
- Save a clean change of clothes for the ride home if on a fly-in trip. Leave that outfit in your vehicle to change into.
- Pack a small overnight bag of clothes for your trip up to Canada if you overnight somewhere other than your lodge.
CLOTHING (Based on 5 day trip):
Like I said, this list is just a general guide of the personal items that you may want to pack on your next trip. Your personal list may contain more items, or leave out some of the items that I have included. Regardless, I know that this list has worked like a charm for me over the years, and I hope it does the same for you!
In our next article, we will discuss what food and beverage items should be included in your, "Off to Canada Grocery List!" Stay Tuned!
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