BWCA Gear List (A List of Everything You Don’t Want to Forget)

BWCA Gear List

The BWCA is the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Northeastern Minnesota. It’s a popular destination for canoeing, hiking, fishing, and a host of other outdoor activities.

It’s one of the most visited wildernesses in the US. If you enjoy the outdoors visiting the BWCA is an absolute must.

If you’re planning a trip a need to be prepared, as with any outdoors venture. I thought I’d help out by providing you a BWCA gear list to work with so you don’t forget anything.

BWCA Gear List

Camping Gear


  • 2 pairs of all clothing items
  • Wet and dry boots
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Rainproof poncho

Personal Items

  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • First aid kit
  • Headlamp
  • Lip Balm
  • Toothbrush and paste

Useful Items

  • Map
  • GPS device
  • Knife or multitool
  • Compass
  • Camera
  • Water filter
  • Paracord
  • Tarp
  • Lighters
  • Big bags


Ok, there you have it. I think that covers everything and anything you’d be gutted to forget should the situation arise when you need a certain item.

This isn’t an exhaustive list, obviously I can go on-and-on with the optionals. I think we all know someone who wouldn’t be able to leave home without everything and the kitchen sink, right?

When camping, backpacking, hiking and so on, traveling as light as possible and disconnecting from your busy city life is part (if not all ) of the appeal.

Your challenge should be seeing how few items you can take with you while still having everything you need.

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