Equipment List

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MHO Adventures provides all group gear including kitchen gear, tarps, canoes, safety equipment, etc.  All you need to bring is your personal gear.

Refer to our Equipment List to see personal gear needs. We are paddling and camping in early spring in Ontario, so the water is cold and the nights are often freezing. We recommend investing in warm gear, specifically a Drysuit.


In addition to the Equipment List (which is specific to being on expeditions) we suggest bringing comfortable clothing and even a full size pillow for our classroom training days and travel days. MHO has one general use computer at the barn, so it is a good idea to bring a laptop or smartphone for personal communications and planning for lessons. This extra gear can be stored at MHO while on trip.

Equipment List

Below is a list of recommended clothing and gear items that will make your River Roots Program more enjoyable – some are mandatory and some are optional.
Download a PDF Version of our Equipment List

Personal Items

  • Sleeping bag – rated to at least -10
  • Thermarest – can be borrowed from MHO
  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste
  • Soap – Biodegradable
  • SunScreen – SPF 30 or more
  • Personal Medication
  • Feminine Hygiene products
  • Insect Repellent
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Water bottle (1 liter) can be purchased from MHO
  • Thermos
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • Journal can be purchased from MHO
  • Pen / pencil
  • Bug Jacket / headnet
  • Camp Towel (lightweight and quick dry) can be purchased from MHO

Optional Items:

  • Tent
  • Camera (waterproofed or disposable)
  • Pocket knife / multi tool
  • Books / Field Guides
  • Compass
  • Lip Balm / hand cream
  • Go Pro
  • Fishing gear and license
  • Filet knife
  • Sleeping Bag Liner and/or Blanket
  • Full Size Pillow (for base camping) and/or Expedition Pillow
  • Camp Chair
  • Pee Rag (bandana works)

Expedition Clothing

  • 2 pairs of synthetic pants
  • 2 full sets of long underwear
  • 1 Fleece pants (or warmer bottom layer)
  • 1 pairs of shorts
  • 2 T-shirts (preferably polyester or wool)  can be purchased from MHO
  • Long sleeved light shirt
  • 2 Wool or fleece sweaters
  • Rain suit (waterproof jacket & pants)
  • Bathing Suit
  • Underwear / sports bras
  • 7-10 pairs socks – wool or fleece
  • Sun Hat can be purchased from MHO
  • 2 Toques
  • Mitts / Gloves
  • Neck Gaiter or Buff
  • Close-toed Campsite Shoes (Runners, hiking boots, rubber boots)

River Gear

  • River Shoes –Neoprene Boots or light runners (for paddling and portaging – NO Croc’s)
  • Rescue PFD – can be purchased OR borrowed from MHO
  • Whitewater helmet – can be purchased OR borrowed from MHO
  • Neoprene socks
  • Neoprene Mitts or Gloves
  • Drysuit or
  • Wetsuit (full body or neoprene top & bottom) with dry top
  • Day pack (20-30 L  dry bags work well)
  • Personal packing system – must be waterproof (barrel – can be purchased OR borrowed from MHO or a large dry bag 70-115L)
  • Whitewater canoe paddle – can be borrowed from MHO
  • Flat water canoe paddle (optional)

In-Town Clothing

This list above is specific to expeditions. During some of our classroom training days and travel days you are welcomed to wear other clothing.  This clothing and extra personal gear can be stored at MHO while on trip.

Upcoming Training Dates


Apr 24, 2025 - Jun 04, 2025

Apr 30, 2026 - Jun 11, 2026


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