Biking Equipment List

Although this personal gear list is long, these items are necessary for health and safety during your trip. Check out COE’s Outfitting for gear you can rent.

Upper Body

  • 1 short or long-sleeve underwear top (polypropylene or wool, not cotton)
  • * 1 rain coat or shell (must be waterproof)
  • 2 to 3 insulating layers, any combination of the following:
    • medium to heavy synthetic fleece jacket
    • medium wool sweater or wool shirt

Lower Body

  • 1 pair padded biking shorts
  • 1 pair long underwear bottoms (polypropylene or synthetic)
  • 1 lower body shell, one of the following:
    • * nylon wind pants
    • biking tights
    • rain pants

Head and Hands

  • 1 insulating hat, wool or synthetic, that can fit under your helmet
  • 1 pair padded cycling gloves
  • 1 pair gloves, preferably windproof and insulated


  • 2 pairs socks, synthetic or wool
  • dry comfortable shoes
  • bike shoes, firm soled, either cleated or similar to hiking boots (sneakers are okay)

Personal Gear

  • 1 appropriate bike touring bike, in good repair, fitted to you
  • helmet
  • tire patch kit
  • spare tube
  • repair tools (optional)
  • eye protection -- goggles, glasses, or sunglasses
  • * sleeping pad – closed cell ensolite or Therm-a-rest
  • * sleeping bag & stuff sack (rated to at least 20 degrees F)
  • 4 large heavy duty plastic bags; can be garbage bags (one for your sleeping bag, one to line your pack, and one to cover your pack in case of rain), some smaller Ziplocs or other small stuff sacks are nice too
  • * lash straps (no bungie cords) to attach sleeping bag and/or sleeping pad to outside of pack
  • day pack (ability to carry 2 liters of water, lunch, an extra layer), a school backpack works
  • Sufficient water storage for a minimum of two liters with at least 1 bottle cage compatible bottle or a camlebak
  • cup, mug, bowl, spoon
  • lighter or matches
  • plastic knife, preferably lexan (a heavy duty plastic) for sandwitches, etc.
  • pocket knife - small to medium-sized
  • headlamp or small flashlight, with extra batteries
  • swimsuit

Personal Essentials

  • chapstick, sunblock, sunglasses
  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • small towel
  • contacts, solution, glasses
  • medication (let instructors know)
  • whistle
  • money, $10-20


  • book, journal, field glasses, binoculars
  • digital or film camera
  • something to share (poem, small instrument, reading, a game...)
  • insect repellent (100% DEET probably isn't necessary)
  • * 1 nylon wind jacket

Things not to bring

  • Drugs not prescribed to you
  • iPods or MP3 players, electronic entertainment devices
  • Alcohol or cigarettes
  • Your own tent

* These items can be rented from the Cornell Outdoor Education Outfitting Center and must be reserved ahead of time by immediately submitting the rental form.


  • Please don't bring any cotton clothing. Cotton will not keep you warm when it gets wet. Only wool and synthetic fabrics like polypropylene, thermax, or capilene retain their insulating properties when wet.
  • Ladies, please remember to bring all appropriate sanitary hygienic toiletries in ziplock bags.