Canoe Country Wilderness Canoeing
by © Lee Hegstrand


Sleeping Equipment

Avoid discount-store type sleeping bags. They are not very warm, are heavy and bulky. A down-filled bag (pound for pound nothing is more compressible or warmer) rated not less than 40 degrees (for summer travel) is best. Down loses its insulating qualities if wet or damp, so it must be kept dry. For youth groups, especially, the latest synthetic-filled bags (Qualiofil or Polarguard) are better alternatives. These insulating fills will dry adequately if they become soaked and will provide acceptable insulation even if damp. One could even consider substituting a blanket bag for mid-season travel.

It is recommended that you use a compression stuff sack to pack your sleeping bag and clothes. Do not take air mattresses; they are not durable. The best choice for a sleeping pad (rugged trippers may do without a pad) is a 3/4 length self-inflate type pad ("Therma-Rest" brand) or, as a lesser choice, since it is not waterproof, a similar sized foam pad.

Your extra clothes put into a stuff sack will make an adequate pillow or you could use a highly compressible camp (not house) pillow.

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