After almost 20 canoe camping trips I now know what I NEED to pack.
for more info, see: http://jimmar.hubpages.com/_3v4wkz561vqja/hub/Packing-for-a-Wilderness-Canoe-Trip
Step 1: Load carrying capacity
My cedar strip canoe has a maximum load in the “optimum” range of 450lbs. So with 2 paddlers of about 160 lbs each, 2 canoe seats about 5lbs, 2 PFD about 5lbs, two paddles about 5lbs, that only leaves about 105lbs total for gear. I found that carrying about 50lbs of gear per paddler, for a one week trip, is on the lighter side but is a good goal.