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    Hi all

    I'm looking at getting a barrel set up/packed generically for when I go out canoeing, either with a friend (2 solo canoes) for a day or longer expedition (Normally a week) or when we take out our Scouts/Explorers or families etc for the same.

    I'd like to have it set up more generically so that no matter what I'm doing I know what is in it, I know that some bits may be location/group specific but I can adapt and adjust over time but any recommendations for a starting point would be great.

    I'm not sure if this has been covered else where in another post (if so please point it out) but just wondering what people put in there canoe barrels/bags for when out on the water.
    Best Wishes.
    ScoutingSteve

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    I normally have 2 bags. 1 bag that I hope I never have to open. First Aid kit, spare clothes, extra jacket, hat, gloves, towel, survival bag, tarp, some firelighting stuff, bug spray, repair kit, duct tape, multitool etc. Months go by and I never open it. My other bag has my food, water, brew kit, stoves, toys to play with when out and about etc. and this one is the only one that leaves the boat, gets opened and restocked every trip.

    When doing rivers, I take another bag which gets stocked according to type of river, distance from civilization, who I'm paddling with etc. FAK, clothes, sandwiches, hot drink, folding saw, repair kit, bits of a pin kit etc.
    Cheers,

    Alan


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chainsaw View Post
    I normally have 2 bags. 1 bag that I hope I never have to open. First Aid kit, spare clothes, extra jacket, hat, gloves, towel, survival bag, tarp, some firelighting stuff, bug spray, repair kit, duct tape, multitool etc. Months go by and I never open it. My other bag has my food, water, brew kit, stoves, toys to play with when out and about etc. and this one is the only one that leaves the boat, gets opened and restocked every trip.

    When doing rivers, I take another bag which gets stocked according to type of river, distance from civilization, who I'm paddling with etc. FAK, clothes, sandwiches, hot drink, folding saw, repair kit, bits of a pin kit etc.
    Thank you. Some of the ideas of the route I was looking to go down so glad that I'm looking on the right track.
    Best Wishes.
    ScoutingSteve

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    You've made an assumption there that I'm on the right track.... Plenty people go out there with just a paddle, a smile and a roll of duct tape. I'm (more than) a bit on the risk averse side of the line and I mainly canoe solo. Don't think there is any right answer here just whatever makes you comfortable. If you've others you are supposed to be looking after then that puts a very different shine on things.
    Cheers,

    Alan


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chainsaw View Post
    You've made an assumption there that I'm on the right track.... Plenty people go out there with just a paddle, a smile and a roll of duct tape. I'm (more than) a bit on the risk averse side of the line and I mainly canoe solo. Don't think there is any right answer here just whatever makes you comfortable. If you've others you are supposed to be looking after then that puts a very different shine on things.
    That is always the risk but I would also rather try and be prepared as much as I can, and yes being responsible for others puts a lot more onto your planning and being prepared. You hope that you never need some of it but I would rather have it and not need it rather than need it and not have it however that being said we can not account for every eventuality so it's about striking the right balance from how I see it. It's always good to get other peoples opinions as well.
    Best Wishes.
    ScoutingSteve

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    Far too much stuff!

    The drybag is easy - it just contains spare clothes and towels.
    The barrel on the other hand is full of useful stuff....

    DD Tarp
    Folding saw
    Hatchet
    Floating mobile phone case
    Sporks
    Beakers
    Gas burner
    Folding Heat shield
    Lighter with some duck tape wrapped around it
    Vango cook kit (for two people)
    OR larger pan (for three-four)
    Enamel plate
    Spare gas
    2 Tea-towels
    Survival bags (useful to sit on, if nothing else)
    Compass & Whistle (yes, I was an assistant scout leader for a while)
    Waterproof map case
    OS Map
    Head torches / Spare torches
    First Aid Kit
    Penknife
    Neoprene Gloves
    A couple of spare carabiner clips
    Pen and pad

    I'm sure there's more in there, but if I unpack it will take me ages to get it all back in.
    Last edited by Fiddlesticks; 7th-May-2018 at 06:36 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddlesticks View Post
    Far too much stuff!

    The drybag is easy - it just contains spare clothes and towels.
    The barrel on the other hand is full of useful stuff....

    DD Tarp
    Folding saw
    Hatchet
    Floating mobile phone case
    Sporks
    Beakers
    Gas burner
    Folding Heat shield
    Lighter with some duck tape wrapped around it
    Vango cook kit (for two people)
    OR larger pan (for three-four)
    Enamel plate
    Spare gas
    2 Tea-towels
    Survival bags (useful to sit on, if nothing else)
    Compass & Whistle (yes, I was an assistant scout leader for a while)
    Waterproof map case
    OS Map
    Head torches / Spare torches
    First Aid Kit
    Penknife
    Neoprene Gloves
    A couple of spare carabiner clips
    Pen and pad

    I'm sure there's more in there, but if I unpack it will take me ages to get it all back in.
    Hi.

    That is certainly a comprehensive list thank you for sharing.
    Best Wishes.
    ScoutingSteve

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    Worth considering what you might carry in your PFD in case you got separated from your boat when somewhere remote
    All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mayobren View Post
    Worth considering what you might carry in your PFD in case you got separated from your boat when somewhere remote
    I fully agree. So far I carry a rescue knife, emergency whistle and a tape.
    Best Wishes.
    ScoutingSteve

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScoutingSteve View Post
    Hi all

    I'm looking at getting a barrel set up/packed generically for when I go out canoeing, either with a friend (2 solo canoes) for a day or longer expedition (Normally a week) or when we take out our Scouts/Explorers or families etc for the same.

    I'd like to have it set up more generically so that no matter what I'm doing I know what is in it, I know that some bits may be location/group specific but I can adapt and adjust over time but any recommendations for a starting point would be great.

    I'm not sure if this has been covered else where in another post (if so please point it out) but just wondering what people put in there canoe barrels/bags for when out on the water.
    Hello Scouting Steve, We use our canoe barrel as our kitchen only, so it holds mostly food, pots, cups dishes etc. We are able to carry enough food for two (hungry) people for a 7 day canoe trip in a 30 litre barrel. If you want to see what we pack, and how we pack it, please check out this video we made:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfBI-2INx9U

    Hope that helps.
    Cheers
    -Wayne

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    Quote Originally Posted by mayobren View Post
    Worth considering what you might carry in your PFD in case you got separated from your boat when somewhere remote
    Ice cream money. I always have this in my BA in Sterling and Euros.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian Cooper View Post
    Ice cream money. I always have this in my BA in Sterling and Euros.
    An excellent policy
    All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

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    This is something i've not really considered. The list can be endless. Thanks for the info.

    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian Cooper View Post
    Ice cream money. I always have this in my BA in Sterling and Euros.
    Adrian, only sterling and Euro's? not Gold Sovereigns in case you end up somewhere foreign
    Last edited by Simms; 10th-May-2018 at 12:54 AM.
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    We all have our list of must take equipment, but what we really need to consider is risk. What situations are you likely to encounter, and what equipment do they require. You are not going to meet bears in England unlike Canada, so you will not need a firearm, but even in Canada what is the actual risk of a bear encounter where you are going? Day tripping needs only spare clothes, food and drink, means of communication in case of emergency. Longer trips require more equipment such as tents and sleeping bags and cooking gear. It is very easy to go out festooned in kit to meet every situation, but what will you actually use on the day, and what will you use if it all goes pear shaped? If the canoe is carrying the weight you can go quite heavily equipped but will all that stuff be used? With time you will pare down what you use and what you might find a need for and arrive at your ideal basic kit, and your heavy kit for longer expeditions.
    Calefactio orbis? Culus meus!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian Cooper View Post
    Ice cream money. I always have this in my BA in Sterling and Euros.
    Sterling is easier now we have funny plastic notes :-)

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