• Old tennis shoes or water shoes - Flip flops are ok - but remember you may wind up with a flop because you may loose that flip if you stop & walk in swift water or if you tump over. Shoes are nice to have when walkin' on them rock bars and when gettin' back into that hot canoe that was sun bakin' and not in the shade- also protection from broken glass that some idiot left behind not obeyin' the "No Trace" rule.
• Sunscreen/skin protection: A must-have on the river. Bald heads, shoulders and tops of legs seem to be the most likely to get burnt. May be a good idea to wear a cap. If wearing a skull cap or bandana don't forget to put sunscreen on your forehead or you'll walk away from the trip lookin' like someone had duct taped half your head. Don't say I didn't tell ya!!!
• Food & Cold Dranks: The sun, the water, the paddlin'... put those 3 together 'n you're gonna work up a pretty good appetite while on the river. Also nice to have when stoppin' on that sand bar and findin' that shade tree- just somethin' about havin' a picnic on the river. You can also find those really small grills at the dollar store- a bottle of BBQ- a pack of hot dogs- yeah- you know what I'm sayin. But if ya doin that don't forget the charcoal, lighter fluid, and lighter of course. Make sure you plan enough food if stayin' overnight.
• A bungee cord or string to tie the ice chest shut: to avoid "bobbing for beverages."
• Ziploc bags: Very useful for protectin' smaller items. They may even be inflated and then locked shut for protection- so they can float. Doesn't hurt to double Ziploc valuables like your camera or phone if you have to take one.
• Cup or sponge: Can help to remove water in boat if needed.
• Large plastic dry-bags or large plastic trash bags: Jim dandy for protectin' ya towels, sleepin' bags and other bulky items just in case you tip-over. They also work as emergency ponchos. Trash bags and grocery bags are also good for trash.
• 2 to 5 gallon plastic buckets with lids or plastic totes: they make good containers for all sorts of stuff that you may wish to bring along on your canoe trip- clothes - personal items. They also make great camp stools when campin' overnight.
• Air mattress/foam pad: Good idea for a good night's sleep. You can't go from your bed at home to the campsite and expect a good night's sleep without these.
• 3' - 5' piece of 1x12 lumber: Can be used between two buckets to make a table or bench. Can also place in the bottom of the canoe, it serves the purpose of raising your items a bit so they are not in the small amount of water that gets in the canoe.
• Seat cushion: Not a necessity - but I like to make sure I have one.
• Kid Items: Life vest that fits them (If goin' to a rental place - they don't always have small vests). Floaties, sand and water toys, baby wipes, insulated sippy cup so you don't have to dig in ice chest a million times, etc.