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Outdoor Leadership Program

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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. (Triple Combo Kayak will leave on Saturday morning.)

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


No cotton! (Except maybe t-shirts and underwear)


Pack all this in a duffel, backpack or whatever you like, we will give you a dry bag to carry it in for your trip.

__Whistle – this is essential for wilderness safety
__ 2 t-shirts
__ 1 warm fleece top (see our website for an explanation)
__ 1 synthetic thermal long sleeve top (see our website for an explanation)
__ 2 pr. shorts (quick drying soccer-type shorts are best)
__ 1 pr. synthetic thermal bottoms (see our website for an explanation)
__ 2 pr. underwear
__ 4 pr. socks (2 wool, 2 athletic nylon)
__ 2 pr. sneakers (they will get wet and muddy)
__ 1 pr. sport sandals with heel strap (cheap, no flip-flops!)
__ 1 bathing suit
__ *Rain jacket, no ponchos
__ 1-2 bandanas
__ 1 lightweight brimmed hat (baseball hats work)
__ 1 wool or fleece hat (like for skiing, etc.)
__ Toiletries (toothbrush & paste, contact solution, tampons, etc.)  Keep it small!  No glass containers.
__ Fork and/or spoon
__ Plastic bowl and insulated mug
__ Pocket knife (Swiss army or Leatherman-type)
__ Lighter or waterproof matches
__ Extra glasses or extra contacts
__ Safety strap for prescription or sunglasses
__ Sunglasses, chapstick, sunscreen (SPF 15 to 30)
__ Insect repellent; small plastic bottle-no cans
__ Any required mediction(s)
__Small headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
__ 1 carabiner (small, cheap and from the hardware store is fine)
__ 2 quart sized/1 liter water bottles (any old water bottle will do)
__*Foam sleeping pad or Thermarest

__*Sleeping bag, lightweight rated to 35F (synthetic mummy bags, no cotton content)
__ 2 large heavy-duty plastic garbage bags
__ Small daypack or book bag for day hikes
__ 30 feet of 1/4 in. nylon line (hardware store washing line is fine)

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 it if you have it)
__ Small musical instrument
__ Stuff sacks (various sizes for gear)
__ Rain pants

Post packing list (duffel)
__ 2 t-shirts (maybe one long-sleeved as well)
__ 1 sweatshirt, fleece, or sweater
__ 1 pr. shorts
__ 2 pr. jeans/pants
__ Pyjamas
__ 2 pr. underwear
__ 2 pr. socks
__ 1 big towel
__ 1 pillowcase
__ Toiletries (shampoo good idea, make-up not so much)
__ 1 pr. sneakers
__ Musical instrument (optional but strongly encouraged)
__ Crazy Creek (if you've got one)

* These items are available for loan. If you requested one of these items in the registration process we will have it waiting for you when you arrive. Please contact us if you need to change your request.

DO NOT BRING: ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, DRUGS, CIGARETTES, TOBACCO, CELL PHONES, FOOD, JEWELRY, RADIOS, iPODS, MAKE-UP, PERFUME ETC.