Outdoor Leadership Program

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Adirondack Adventure

Equipment List for Canoeing and Sea Kayaking Trips

Unless specified, all the gear listed here is essential and required. In remote settings, your safety and comfort depend on being properly equipped. We must insist that you bring everything on the list, whether you're a first time camper or an old hand.

If you have any questions about anything on this list, please do not hesitate to phone Andrew Jillings or one of the interns at 315-859-4272.

We recommend that you pack all these items in a soft duffel, although we will lend you drybags for your trip, so really what you put your stuff in is only to keep it together while you move in.  The packing arrangements can seem overly complex, but don't get discouraged!

When you arrive you can move all your worldly goods for the entire year into your permanent room. You will stay there for Friday and Saturday nights prior to your trip, and when you return.

The trip list gear goes in your bag and the pre/post list gear in your duffel. The duffel gets sent ahead to meet you at your ropes course site (see detailed schedule). Got it?

Trip packing list

(this will all end up in one of our dry bags-pack in a duffel)

No cotton (except maybe t-shirts and underwear)!
  • whistle - this is essential for wilderness safety
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 1 warm fleece top (see "Equipment List Explained" link)
  • 1 synthetic thermal long sleeve top (see "Equipment List Explained" link)
  • 2 pr. shorts (quick drying soccer-type shorts are best)
  • 1 pr. synthetic thermal bottoms (see "Equipment List Explained" link)
  • 2 pr. underwear
  • 4 pr. socks (2 wool, 2 athletic nylon NO COTTON!)
  • 1 pr. sneakers (they will get wet and muddy).
  • 1 pr. sports sandals with heel strap (teva like, no sandals or flip flops. if you do, we'll be forced to duct tape them on!)
  • 1 bathing suit
  • *rain jacket (no ponchos)
  • 1-2 bandanas
  • 1 lightweight brimmed hat (baseball hats are fine)
  • 1 wool or fleece hat (for skiing, etc)
  • toiletries (toothbrush & paste, contact solution, tampons, etc) - Keep it small! No glass containers.
  • Eating fork and spoon
  • Plastic bowl
  • Mug (plastic insulated travel mugs are great)
  • pocket knife (Swiss army or Leatherman)
  • lighter or waterproof matches
  • extra glasses or contacts
  • safety strap for glasses or sunglasses
  • sunglasses, chapstick, sunscreen (SPF 15 to 30)
  • insect repellent: small plastic bottle - no cans
  • any required medications
  • small headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • 2 large heavy duty plastic garbage bags
  • small daypack or bookbag for day-hikes
  • 1 Carabiner (small, cheap and from the hardware store is fine)
  • 30 feet of 1/4 in. nylon line (hardware store washing line is fine)
  • *2 water bottles, 1 quart/1 liter each
  • *foam sleeping pad or Thermarest
  • *sleeping bag, lightweight rated to 35F (synthetic mummy bag, no cotton content)

* Adirondack Adventure has a small number of these items for loan. 

Optional items for trip packing list

  • Doctor Bronner's soap (it's biodegradable and comes in handy small plastic bottles)
  • camera
  • very small towel
  • Silva-type compass (bring if you have)
  • small musical instrument
  • stuff sacks (various sizes for gear)
  • rain pants

Pre/post packing list (duffel)

  • 2 t-shirts (maybe one long sleeve as well)
  • 1 sweatshirt, fleece or sweater
  • 1 big towel
  • 1 pr. shorts
  • 2 pr. jeans/pants
  • pajamas
  • 2 pr. underwear
  • 2 pr. socks
  • 1 pillowcase
  • toiletries (shampoo good idea, make-up not so much)
  • 1 pair sneakers
  • musical instrument (optional but strongly encouraged)
  • Crazy Creek (if you've got one)