Nahanni Clothing & Equipment Checklist

Be sure that all your gear does not exceed 18 kg (40 lbs.) The aircraft we charter have strict load limits. (This limit does not include your tent, PFD, paddle and wetsuit.) Pack and weigh everything you need before you leave home. You cannot rely on obtaining last minute items in the North. Do not bring external frame packs. Some extra baggage, and traveling clothes can be stored at our base. Northern weather can change rapidly and one must prepare accordingly. It is widely known that wool and synthetic fleece fabrics provide insulation even when wet. Cotton, however, loses its insulating properties when wet and will actually draw heat away from your body through evaporation. The careful selection of quality garments will enhance your enjoyment, especially in the case of early and late season departures on the more northern rivers.

CLOTHING

  • Hat - to shield sun or rain
  • Warm Hat - Fleece or Wool
  • Bandana
  • Undershirt and long underwear -synthetic or woolo Jacket - fleece, down or wool
  • Bug Jacket or Headnet
  • Rain Gear - Good quality "water proof" jacket and pants such as coated nylon, Gore-tex or equivalent
  • Wet suit - farmer John or Jane style (required for canoe trips - we supply)
  • Shirts - 2 long sleeve
  • T-shirts - 3
  • Warm Gloves or Mitts
  • Paddling Gloves -recommended for canoeing
  • Belt or suspenders
  • Shorts -1 pair Quick dry fabric such as nylon
  • Pants - 2 pair - quick dry fabric
  • Underwear
  • Bathing Suit
  • 4 pair socks - synthetic and or wool

FOOTWEAR

Your choices are an important consideration for on the water, in camp and on the hiking trail. For canoeing you generally have to live with wet feet. We have found that wet suit booties with soles or a combination of neoprene socks with water sandals or runners work best. For rafting, dry feet are preferred. We recommend rubber boots with wool socks for cool days and water sandals alone or with neoprene socks for warmer days. In camp, we suggest water sandals or light hiking shoes. Hiking shoes with good support are needed for off River explorations.

  • Wet suit boots / Neoprene socks
  • Rubber boots (Rafting only)
  • Water sandals and neoprene socks (Canoeing)
  • Hiking shoes

EQUIPMENT

  • Sleeping pad – Self-inflating "Thermarest"
  • Sleeping Bag - warmer bags for end of season trips
  • Day pack or small dry bag (to keep small items handy throughout the day)
  • Soft pack or duffel for clothing and personal items
  • Dry Bags or Stuff Sacks - for sleeping bag, pad, clothing and personal items
  • 3 strong garbage bags for waterproofing IF you do not have waterproof stuff sacks

PERSONAL ITEMS

  • Toiletry items - medium size towel, toothbrush/paste, toilet paper (2 rolls per week), sunscreen, personal medications, environmental soaps
  • 2 – 1 litre water bottles
  • Matches or lighter in waterproof case
  • Whistle o Pocket knife
  • 20 ft. 1/4" nylon rope for clothesline
  • Sewing repair kit
  • Small flashlight or headlamp

OPTIONAL ITEMS

  • Binoculars or spotting scope
  • Fishing rod with hard case and lures
  • Camera with waterproof case
  • Spending money for native crafts, fishing license
  • Cash to tip guides