2. If you've got electronics, bring a solar charger
3. Have a canoe cover (splash pad) to keep all your gear dry
4. Make sure your gear is weighted evenly in the canoe
5. Organize your gear so you know where everything is. Position your gear based on which items you will need to access most frequently (it may take a few days to understand how best to situate your gear)
7. Get up 45 minutes before the sun rises each day. Be on the river when its still a little dark out.
8. We filled up with water every three days. You will drink 1 gallon of water a day. Plan accordingly.
9. Have a stretching routine
10. Learn how to J-stroke ASAP
11. If you need a rest, kneel while you paddle
12. The river current is faster on the outside of the turn. You can try to take advantage of this, but keep in mind that waves from barges going upriver will be MUCH larger (and often times dangerous) on the outside of the turn.
13. Make sure that you're eating enough calories. We lost a lot of weight in the first month before realizing that we need to eat more food.
15. A barge will take two hours to get through a lock. If you’re stuck behind one, pull off and relax.
16. We recommend bathing in the river every night.
17. Go through the St. Louis waterfront without stopping; there's a lot of dangerous traffic there.
18. You should also go through the Baton Rogue waterfront without stopping
20. The Alton Marina (just north of St. Louis) is one of the nicest marinas on the river. Also, if you want to spend time in Memphis, the incredibly kind people at Mud Island Marina will help you out
21. Have floatable rope
22. Tie your bailers to the boat
23. Always have a sponge around
24. Always have good snacks
25. Make sure to have seat cushions and back support
Can you think of any other quick tips? Let us know in the comments below.