A folding canoe is the perfect solution if your bug out plans don't allow for big bulky items or your bug out vehicle won't carry the weight of a canoe trailer. While the technology has developed considerably, these canoes have been used across North America and Europe since the 19th century. They are particularly useful for waterways that require portage and for quick bug out getaways as they will come in back pack and suitcase forms.
The basic premise of a folding canoe is similar to a pop up tent. You'll receive a bag that has a series of connecting poles, solid plastic panels, and waterproof fabric. The poles connect together to make the skeleton of the canoe and the solid plastic panels provide a firm and watertight base around the sides of the canoe. The fabric will be the hardest part to install, as it will form a skintight layer around the canoe. It will come as one large piece and it can be a two-person job to make sure that it fits perfectly.
When you start looking for the perfect folding canoe for your bug out plans, you'll find a large range of options. The main considerations you'll need to think about for your canoe include:
As with all bug out equipment, you should test out each folding canoe before you buy it. These may be as simple as going into a camping store and playing with the different designs for an afternoon, or making contacts on internet forums so you can see the best models in action. Make sure you practice taking it apart and putting it back together a few times so you get a feel for how easy it is and how long it's likely to take you.
Are the fittings and materials robust enough to be assembled and disassembled many times over? Or will your intentions be, to build it once at your base camp and leave it in an assembled state?
A canoe this versatile cannot be ignored.