The BWCAW is the most heavily used wilderness area in the United States of America. Thousands of canoers travel to these areas each year for traditional camping and canoeing experiences. While it is an adventure, prepping for the trip is not always the easiest task. So how do you know what canoe pack and gear to bring and what is going to be the best way to travel light without sacrificing comfort and resources?
Picking the best canoe pack sounds easy, but the planning for the trip can be the most crucial part. Forgetting or having to leave out even one item can impact your entire experience. Make sure you have the right amount of space for what you're bringing. Lucky for you, Duluth Pack has made it our priority to make sure we can prepare you for almost any scenario.
Every year, over 250,000 canoers and hikers make their way to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Wilderness for a truly remarkable outdoor experience. But before a camper can make their trek, they should make sure to have all the necessary gear. Backpacking and canoe trips in the BWCAW are not your typical camping adventure. The experience is a lot more rugged while being in the wilderness for longer periods. Because of this, packing properly and proportionally is key.
So, what are the essential tools and gear you should be taking with you?
Right now, the home feels more important than ever. Give your house some well-deserved one-on-one time.
- Incorporate Comfy Classic and Textures
Consider editing your space with textures and classic pieces that will be transitional and effortless from season to season.
We recommend playing around with pillows, timeless blankets, funky rugs, and incorporating a bit of the outdoors with potted plants.
- Create Your New Comfort Foods
There is no better time than now to get comfortable in the kitchen. Experiment with tasty treats, comfort classics, and create new guilty pleasures. Don’t forget to use top-notch cooking accessories and equipment such as Cast Iron Pans, quality cutting boards, cool canvas aprons, and extra utensils.
- Find Time To Play
Disconnect from Wi-Fi and reconnect with your loved ones over old school board games and cards. We recommend the Duluth Pack Mini Game Pack that comes with a cribbage board, cards, and more! Perfect for home, cabin, or road trips. Also, check out the Minnesota Activity Book for the kiddos.
- Discover Artwork That Inspires You
Find pieces that speak to you. Whether it be abstract paintings, landscape photography, or statue pieces. Bring in colors that make you feel happy or inspired. We recommend photography work from our friends at Radiant Spirit Gallery.
- Bond With Your Backyard
- Create Your Ideal Coffee Corner
Learn how to brew your favorite coffee at home. Right now, whipped coffee is all the rage. Try that or learn how to grind whole bean coffee properly, enjoy the tastes and flavors of all types of blends. We recommend sipping slowly while using your favorite mug. You can find us sipping on the top-selling Duluth Pack Campfire Mug. Now, time to pick out a book and get lost in the story.
We hope you enjoyed our easy how-to guide to staying inspired while staying indoors. If you'd like more ideas on creating the ultimate cozy space, view our favorites for the home and our favorite comfy classics.
Happy day, friends.
If you are looking to buy your first Duluth Pack or looking to expand your collection you may be wondering what waxed canvas is and what the history behind it is? What is the difference between the waxed canvas and traditional non-wax canvas?
Waxed canvas was originally used during the 1800s by Scottish fishermen who noticed ship sails caught more wind when they were wet. However wet sails were too heavy to be effective, so the sailors decided to use linseed oil to saturate the sails. By doing this, the sails were able to repel water and they caught the wind better, making for more efficient sailing. Linseed oil mimics the properties of water but without adding the additional weight. Once the sails reached the end of their life, they would be recycled into weather-resistant clothing to wear at sea. Over time this practice became so widespread that factories started producing waxed canvas for mass production.
Waxed canvas is just that, it is our traditional cotton duck 15 oz canvas which has been applied with a thin layer of wax on top of the canvas. It is still made with our durable and rugged canvas, but we just go one step farther to create a bag with a quicker patina aesthetic.
Our traditional canvas is a tight weave high strength fabric that holds up to the test of time. Canvas itself is not watertight so it has the potential to allow water on the inside of the bag which is why we recommend a poly pack liner if you are going on a canoe trip. Canvas is a wonderful material as it expands when wet, this is why it is an ideal choice and heavy-duty material for outdoor adventures and it is also time-tested. Canvas is a fairly breathable, yet wind-resistant fabric and fairly easy to clean. The bottom-line canvas is durable and will last for many generations to come.
Waxed canvas has all the benefits of our traditional canvas plus a few extra perks. The wax finish allows the water droplets to bead up on the surface and flow off creating the effect of a water-resistant finish. It also has higher wind-resistance compared to traditional non-canvas. The wax creates a thin membrane on the canvas which will also repel dirt. However, it will show some scuffs and marks more than the traditional canvas option, but this will add to the overall character of the bag. Waxed canvas can be more comfortable to wear, and some people say it has an overall softer feel to it. To care for your pack all you need to do is reapply oil wax finish depending on the amount of use. You should not put it in the washing machine as that will take most of the wax finish off. If you scrub it with soap and water, you may take off the finish too. Please read Duluth Pack’s care instructions on the website.
We must note, Duluth Pack packs, totes, duffels, and handcrafted products are not water-resistant and or water-proof. The seams are not sealed, and many needle holes penetrate the fabric.
Hopefully, this answered your questions and made choosing your next Duluth Pack easier.
Happy shopping, friends!