Canoeing Equipment List

Upper Body

  • 2 synthetic (non-cotton) t-shirts
  • 1 synthetic long sleeve shirt
  • 1 non-cotton insulating layer (ex. fleece jacket, wool sweater, pile vest)
  • * 1 Rain Jacket or Poncho (must fit over all other layers and keep you dry)
  • Women should bring 2 to 3 sports bras

Lower Body

  • 1 pair synthetic long underwear
  • 2 pair synthetic shorts (athletic shorts work well)
  • 1 lower body shell, one of the following:
    • * nylon wind pants
    • loose fitting synthetic pants, tight weave, NO JEANS
    • rain pants
  • underwear (cotton is fine here)

Head and Hands

  • 1 warm hat, wool or synthetic
  • 1 to 2 bandanas (women should bring 2 to 3)
  • 1 pair light gloves (optional)
  • 1 sun hat, baseball hat is fine


  • 1 pair athletic shoes or lightweight boots (will be used around camp and on day hike, sneakers work great)
  • 2 to 3 pair wool socks
  • * 1 pair CLOSED TOED, water shoes (these shoes will be worn in the canoe and swimming). No sandals, crocs or teevas. Good choices include keenes and old sneakers

Personal Gear

  • * Sleeping pad – closed cell ensolite or Therm-a-rest
  • * Sleeping bag & stuff sack (rated to at least 30 degrees F)
  • 3-4 Large Ziplock bags (to package dry clothes), a few smaller Ziplocks are nice too
  • 2 quart-size water bottles, sturdy; Nalgene is a good idea
  • Mug, bowl, spoon
  • Pocket knife - small to medium-sized
  • * Headlamp or small flashlight, with extra batteries

Personal Essentials

  • Swim suit
  • Chapstick, sunblock, and sunglasses
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Small towel
  • Contacts, solution, glasses
  • Prescription medications (let guidess know)
  • Money, $10-20


  • Journal and pen
  • Camera (careful, it could get very wet)
  • Something to share (poem, small instrument, reading, a game...)
  • Insect repellent (100% DEET probably isn't necessary)
  • Watch
  • Your own dry bags

Things not to bring

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

* These items can be rented from the Cornell Outdoor Education Outfitting Center and must be reserved ahead of time by submitting the "Equipment Rental Contract" on the Forms page.


  • 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.