We have made finding paddling information quick and easy. Below we have answered your questions regarding planning a paddling trip.
How do I even start planning for a paddling trip?
- Our blog "Paddling Expeditions: How to Start and Plan?" will answer some of your general questions about where to begin when planning a trip.
What should I expect when I go on a paddling trip? What will the weather be like? How will my body handle paddling every day? What and how will I eat? What are the dangers of the River? Is the Mississippi River the same from source to sea?
- Check out our post 'Down the Mississippi: What to Expect' for these answers and more.
Where will I camp on the Mississippi River? Where will I find water? Where will I find food?
- Finding camp, water, and food was never a problem for us along the Mississippi. However, it is best to be prepared for spots along the river when finding essentials is less likely. Here's more info about 'Basic River Survival: camp, food, and water'.
How much will this cost?
- The cost of your trip will mostly depend on two factors: 1) do you have access to a canoe and basic camping gear, and 2) do you plan on "roughing it" or eating in restaurants and staying in motels? Fortunately, we had access to or owned nearly all of our camping gear and only stayed in a motel on three different occasions. Therefore, our trip cost us about $600 per person. For more on this topic, check out the blog 'Paddling the Mississippi: How much will it cost?'
Are there resources I can use to help plan a paddling trip? Are there other blogs that have information on paddling the Mississippi River? Are there resources that will help me on the River? Who are River Angels?
- Our blog "Resources for the Mississippi River" have answers and provide information on all the questions listed above.
Where are the best places to stop and visit on the Mississippi River?
- Aside from stopping in to see the "River Angels," our blog "Favorite Places on the Mississippi River" lists some key locations you should circle on your map.
How far can you paddle in a day? How long did you paddle each day?
What safety items should I know about and bring with?
- The number one item? A life jacket. After that, we've got four other safety items that you should bring with you.
What gear do I need to bring on a paddling trip?
- We have created two paddling gear checklists. The first checklist is a simple gear checklist. The second is a more detailed checklist where we recommend certain gear along with their respective prices.
What are the most important and essential items to bring with on a paddling trip?
- Other than the obvious basics (tent, sleeping bag, a canoe), there are a few things one may not think of when planning a long term paddling trip. Don't worry though, we've got you covered. Here's a list of '10 Things (you didn't know) you'll Need'.
Should I bring with anything that isn't essential? Should I bring a Go Pro? Do I really need a pillow? Should I buy a SPOT GPS?
- Our blog post "Luxury items" has a short list of luxury items you should consider bringing. We understand that these are not essentials, but they will provide you with extra comfort, keep your sanity, capture the best moments, and will allow you to stay connected.
Where can we find information on certain areas of the River? Is there a place to read about personal experiences on the River?
- While on the River, we wrote weekly blogs about our experiences. We have nine blogs in total from our 64 day adventure. If you are interested in reading our weekly blogs, you can click here to see all nine blogs.
What is some advice for someone who wants to paddle the Mississippi River? Do you have any tips for other paddlers?
- Our blog "25 Tips from a couple of River Rats" lists our short, concise tips for paddlers.
If we flip our canoe, what should we do?
- Please see www.rivergator.org for further information on this topic.