Gear Lists

Packing & Equipment

The SLU Outdoor provides all group equipment: cooking tools, tents, boats, tarps, etc.  The SLU Outdoor Program has limited personal clothing and equipment for borrow. The list below is the responsibility of the participants. You can submit a request to borrow equipment but know that equipment is limited, and we may not be able to fulfill your request.

Clothing/Equipment Needed for All Trips

  • Rain jacket
  • Rain pants (optional)
  • Swimsuit (recommended)
  • Hat—wool or fleece cap type
  • Brimmed hat (sun and rain)
  • One wool sweater/fleece jacket or lightweight synthetic down jacket
  • One pair synthetic long hiking pants (not jeans)
  • One pair quick dry athletic shorts
  • Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)
  • 1-2 synthetic/cotton t-shirts
  • One synthetic/cotton long sleeve
  • 2-3 pair wool/synthetic socks (no cotton)
  • 2-5 pairs underwear (no cotton)

Personal Items

  • Insect repellent (optional)
  • 2 one-liter reusable water bottles
  • Sleeping bag (30-degree rating)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Sneakers
  • Sunblock
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Toiletries (limit to just the essentials!)

Please try to eliminate or minimize cotton fibers in clothing. Cotton holds moisture and can contribute to hypothermia. Choose synthetics, like fleece or wool.

Additional Items Needed for Specific Trips
Backpacking (introduction, general, & experienced)

  • Backpack (at least 65L)
  • Large thick trash bags to line your pack
  • Stuff Sacks (optional- for organization)
  • Hiking boots (broken in!)
  • Closed-toe camp shoes
  • Mess kit (bowl, cup, utensils)

Canoeing (introduction, general, & experienced)

  • Small backpack lined with trash bag or small drybag
  • Backpack (at least 65L) or large drybag
  • Large thick trash bags to line your pack
  • Water shoes (must securely attach to your foot)
  • Closed-toed camp shoes
  • Mess kit (bowl, cup, utensils)

Adirondack Rock Climbing

  • Daypack (25-35 liters)
  • Light hikers/hiking boots
  • Close-toed camp shoes
  • Mess kit (bowl, cup, utensils)

Adirondack Mountain Biking

  • Bike shoes (closed toe, below the ankle, sneakers work great)
  • Padded biking shorts
  • Cycling gloves (optional)
  • Daypack with 2-3 liter hydration pack
  • Close-toed camp shoes
  • Mess kit (bowl, cup, utensils)

Adirondack Adventure

  • Day backpack (25-35 liters)
  • Shoes/sneakers suitable for moderate hiking
  • Water shoes/sandals for rafting
  • Eye-glass retainer (Croakies- optional)