No, we don’t mean you need to go on a diet – trim is the word we use for ensuring you distribute weight evenly in your canoe.
Pack all your gear into dry bags or barrels, keeping an essentials bag close to hand. A large dry bag, with carry straps, to carry all the equipment needed for canoe camping and a smaller bag for daytime equipment are usually sufficient.
As a rule, trim the canoe front heavy when heading into a head wind, stern heavy for a following wind and level for fair weather. Pack the larger dry bags into the middle and remember to tie everything down!
Take your loaded boat on a test paddle before setting out on your trip. This way you can check the balance of your canoe and get a feel for paddling in a heavier craft.