It is difficult to express how much the smallest luxuries positively impact life on a wilderness canoe trip. When living a lifestyle that requires you to carry everything you own, the gear that you choose to bring is a statement as to what you just can’t live without. Here are a few ideas for gifts that your camper will use every day and value even more than their cell phone while in the wilderness.

Sea to Summit Head Net $9.95

We all know that the bugs in Canada (or even the esker for that matter) can be quite annoying. This stocking stuffer is the quickest and easiest way to keep your cool amidst a cloud of mosquitoes. Who knew something so small could make such a big difference??

Cocoon Mummy Liner (Microfiber / COOLMAX / Silk / Merino Wool$24.95 / $45.95 / $64.95 / $99.95 respectively

A clean sleeping bag is a happy sleeping bag, and a happy sleeping bag can last for many years. These sleeping bag liners help boost the warmth and extend the longevity of your sleeping bag. Microfiber liners are made of polyester and are the cheapest option. COOLMAX is a breathable, moisture-wicking polyester. Silk liners are both exceptionally comfortable and space-efficient. Merino wool liners are bulky and should only be used to summit Everest.


NEMO Fillo Backpacking Pillow $39.95

Pillows are a luxury, and the NEMO Fillo Backpacking Pillow is about as perfect as it gets. It packs down relatively small, is filled with foam and air to accommodate any density preference, and is wonderfully soft. Sleeping on the trail just got a whole lot better!

The Original Bug Shirt – Elite Edition $75.95

No mosquito or black fly will bother you again! The Elite Edition of the Original Bug Shirt is comfortable, durable, and can easily fit in the bottom of a day pack. Whether you’re hiking a buggy portage or there’s just not enough wind at the campsite, this bug jacket has got you covered.

MSR WhisperLite Universal Backpacking Stove $139.95

This stove is about as versatile and durable as it gets. Alongside being able to burn about half a dozen different types of fuel, the WhisperLite is both small and light. I have used mine for canoeing, backpacking, and climbing trips. There’s no limit to where you’ll be able to go with this stove in your pack!

Sea to Summit Hydraulic Dry Pack – 35L $169.95

If your gear needs to stay dry, put it in this day pack. With plenty of room for all the equipment you’ll need throughout the day, this pack guarantees it will never be too far from reach. Rain gear, sunscreen, fishing tackle, cameras, and anything else you need will have a safe place for the entirety of your next wilderness adventure!

If your little camper isn’t heading into Canada quite yet, we’ve still got you covered! Here are some more gift ideas for your little voyageur:

Petzl Tikka Headlamp $29.95

Being afraid of the dark is a thing of the past. This headlamp puts out 300 lumens and has a red light mode to preserve night vision. Whether you need to set up camp after sunset or you just woke up and really need to use the bathroom, this headlamp has you covered!

Columbia Bora Bora Booney II Hat $30.00

Sunburns are no fun. Ever. Sun hats cover your face, ears, and neck and have a chin strap so the wind won’t be taking it anywhere. On a perfectly cloudless day you will be able to stay safe in your own personal shade.

NRS Kicker Remix Wetshoe Water Shoes $44.95

If walking on the bottom of a lake barefoot is not your thing, then you need a pair of water shoes. Easy to slip on and off, they protect your feet from any and everything.