Clothing & Footwear for Canoeing Expeditions
Wellies - By far the cheapest! You will spend time paddling in and out of the water, so your feet will get wet. Wellies also provide a firm grip on muddy banks when getting in, launching, loading and unloading the boats.
Paddle Shoes - More comfortable than wellies, a number of participants prefer these, especially when sitting in a canoe for a number of hours. Available from Decathlon, Sports Direct or online retailers.
Underwear and T-Shirt/Top - synthetic fibres such as acrylic and lycra, or merino wool will wick away perspiration and reduce risk of soreness. Avoid cotton as this traps moisture and perspiration.
Fleece Jumper - thin and warm, made from synthetic fibres that allows perspiration to wick away from the body. Avoid thick jumpers and hoodies which are heavy and too thick.
Activity Trousers or Leggings - synthetic fibres, quick drying.
Waterproof Outer Layers
Must have taped seams to avoid leaking. Ensure that it is fit for purpose, i.e. will keep you dry in heavy rain.
Yes you will need these! Pack-away overtrousers that should be worn during wet weather to keep your legs dry and warm.
Other Protective Clothing
A warm hat is useful all year round. Can help to keep you warm at night when the temperatures drop, as well as during the day in cold or windy weather. A lot of heat is lost through the head!
Warm gloves with fingers will help keep you warm, especially in cold weather. Ski gloves or similar will also keep your hands dry in wet weather.
A must-have item in hot and sunny weather to protect against sun burn and sunstroke.
Another must-have item in sunny weather to protect your eyes from the glare of the sun reflecting off the water.