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Canoe Camping Tips and Gear – Okefenokee Swamp Canoe Trip

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My Boy Scout Troop went canoe camping in the Okefenokee Swamp in March. Here are some general canoeing and kayaking tips and a look at the specific gear I used on the trip. All the gear I used can be found at the links below (some of them support this channel):

Tilley AirFlo Hat:

Casio Solar Watch (current model):

Suunto Clipper Watch Band Compass:

Tru-Spec 24/7 Ascent Pants:

Klik Belt D-Ring Belt:

5 5tar Gear Wire Gate Carabiner:

Swiss Army One-Handed Trekker Knife:

Storm Whistle:

TK4 Tourniquet:

Lifeproof Waterproof Phone Case:

Wazoo Survival Bracelet:

Expedition Research Dry Bags:

Barlii DrySak TPU Dry Bag:

Outdoor Products Budget Dry Bags:

Gamma Seal Bucket Lid:

Food Grade Buckets:

Klymit Cush Recon Inflatable Seat Cushion:

Aquabot Spray Water Bottle:

Outdoor Vitals Tent:

MSR Hubba Hubba NX2 Tent:

Hyke and Byke Zion Tent:

Thermarest NeoAir Trekker Pad (latest):

Thermarest Compressible Pillow:

Wildo Fold-A-Cup:

LMF Spork:

Thrive Life Snackies:

UCO Air Headlamp:

UCO Vapor Headlamp:

Olight H16 Headlamp:

Thermacell Backpacker Mosquito Repeller:

Vanquest EDCM Huge 2.0 Pouch:

Combat gauze:

Quik Clot:

HydroBlu Sidekick Filter Straw:

Wowtac A1S Flashlight:

R.A.T.S. Tourniquet:

HydroBlu Versa Flow Water Filter:

HydroBlu Gravity Bag Water Filter:

SIgnal Panel:

DuraLounge Camp Chair:

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8 thoughts on “Canoe Camping Tips and Gear – Okefenokee Swamp Canoe Trip

  1. Brian, thank you for your work with the scouts especially the outdoor skills like canoe camping. I am long retired but spent about 40 years as a guide/instructor on hundreds canoeing and rafting trips. I used those 5 gallon buckets with the Gamma Seal lids for things like kitchen pots, pans, utensils etc but never for things that cannot stand getting wet. I have used a dozen or more and perhaps only 2 of them did not leak when submerged. Indeed they resist water for awhile but soon start to fill up when either submerged or even floating for a time. My advise is do not trust them to be totally waterproof under those circumstances, otherwise they’re great to use. Good idea to fill your tub and test them all…don’t be gentle. Hope this saves some heartache for your viewers who read this.

  2. Funny how you release this video the day after our troop gets back from a week long trip down the upper Ocmulgee river. We took it slow and only covered about 35 miles this time but since most everyone had their 50 milers from last falls trip down the Oconee, we weren’t rushed. The rubber sealed tops from Home Depot worked to keep our food water tight in our 5 gallon buckets. Most of our gear was kept dry in the dry bags you can get from wally world. We avoided using our water filters by requiring everyone to bring 5 gallons of fresh water per person and had extra left over when we came off the river.
    I do wish you could point out that while the gear you use is really nice and makes life a little more comfortable, you can do the same type of trip on the cheap using most of the gear you can piece together from the big box stores and make your self. Out troop has a number of under privileged boys and broke leaders as well, so we try to do our trips as cheap as possible and we went up the AT with less than $200 invested for for the boys and the river trips were even cheaper after the boats were secured and most of them were free by borrowing from friends and family. Just saying, don’t use money as the reason to not go, get out and enjoy the world God gave us. Enjoy the vid and keep me coming.
    BTW, we required all of our boys to carry 2 knives, 1 belt knife, PREFER fixed blade to be worn at all times, and a pocket knife to be kept on their PFD’s.

  3. Great video, thanks for sharing and I agree, as long as content is good and on point, your subs don’t mind long videos! God bless

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