What to Pack? 

Below you will see a number in front of the clothing. Think of it as 1 set of clothing you are wearing and 2 you are packing. Limit the amount of items you bring because you will be carrying them.  PLEASE, NO COTTON MATERIAL as they will not dry.  Pack quick-dry, lightweight synthetic materials only. If you have any questions about this list, please do not hesitate to contact us at the office of Outdoor Education & Leadership.

Clothing Essentials

  • 1 - Rain Jacket!!! (The most important piece of clothing! Make sure it really keeps the water out!)
  • 1 - Rain Pants!!! (The 2nd most important piece of clothing! Make sure it really keeps the water out!)
  • 1 - Pair of Closed Toed Water Shoes  
  • 1 - Pair of Sandals or Sneakers (for night time....your feet will thank you)
  • 2 - Pairs of Athletic Shorts
  • 2 - Athletic Shirts
  • 1 - Athletic Long Sleeve Shirt (for bugs... your arms will thank you)
  • 3 - Pairs of Wool Socks
  • Underwear and Sports Bras (amount is up to you, but pack very light)
  • 1 - Pair of "Quick Dry" Pants (like warm up pants)
  • 1 - Lightweight Fleece Pullover/Sweatshirt Type Style (non-cotton is best)
  • 1 - Hat/Visor for Sun

Non-Clothing Essentials

  • 2 - 32 oz. Nalgene Bottles (this is more important than you think)  
  • Plastic Bowl, Cup, with Eating Utensils ("Sporks" work really well)  
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste  
  • A Few Extra Snacks (5-6 bars that you enjoy, granola bars etc.)  
  • Hair Ties  
  • Contact Materials/Glasses/Retainer Strap (to keep them on your head)/Hard Sided Case for Glasses for Sleeping at Night  
  • Medicine as needed  
  • Feminine Products as Needed (even if you are not on your cycle please bring some)  
  • ID and Insurance Card  
  • 1 - Soft Sided Duffel Bag (we will repack all your items in Waterproof Canoe Dry Bags, but you have to bring it all in something to start)

Non-Essentials You May Wish to Bring (This Is Not An Exhaustive List)  

  • Flashlight
  • Bandanna
  • Small Quick Dry Towel
  • Camera w/extra SD Card and Batteries
  • Money (there may or may not be stops during the trip, but you may want to buy a drink or a snack if there is a stop)
  • Bug Spray (30% DEET minimum works best)
  • Sunscreen (sweat proof)
  • Chapstick (can be a life-saver if you struggle with chapped lips)
  • Sunglasses
  • Moleskin for Blisters (although we will have this already, but is good if you get blisters often)
  • Empty Pillow Case / Stuff Sack for Pillow Making Material 
  • Brush or Comb
  • Several 1 Gallon Ziploc Bags 
  • Trash Bag for Water Proofing
  • Watch with an Alarm
  • Journal and Writing Utensil
  • Non-Scented Hand Sanitizer 
  • Travel Pack of UNSCENTED Baby Wipes (unscented because of animal attraction)

Essentials Bucknell Provides (But You May Bring if You Have Your Own)

  • Dry Bags Meant for Canoe Paddling
  • Sleeping Bag (easily packable)
  • Sleeping Bag Liner (if you use one of Bucknell's bags, you have to take a liner and use it)(we'll explain)
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Headlamps for Getting Around at Night

*Disclaimer: If you bring your own items, make sure it is lightweight and packable.  It should all fit in your dry bag or in the Bucknell provided dry bags.

Bucknell Provides (That You Really Should NOT Bring)

  • Waterproof Dry Bags (this is what you will pack all items in to keep it dry) (we'll show you)
  • Tarps/Tents
  • Stoves & Fuel
  • Cookware & Pots 
  • Water Purification Systems
  • First Aid Kits
  • 5 Gallon Water Jugs
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Some Snacks for Each Day
  • And All Other Technical Gear for the Experience


  • NO Cell Phones, IPODS, MP3 Player or ANY technology-based entertainment
  • NO Drugs, Alcohol, or Tobacco Products
  • NO Glass items (they can and will break)
  • NO Cotton Materials (they will not dry. Pack quick-dry, lightweight synthetics materials only)
  • NOTHING SCENTED because of wild animals, bears, rodents, etc., and because it attracts bugs (NO deodorant, make up, lotion, etc.)
  • NO New Hiking Boots (UNLESS broken in)


The BuckWild website packing list avoids cotton as a material to use during the trip. The problem with cotton is that when it gets wet, it never dries, and becomes heavy and un-usable for the duration of the experience (so you'll be carrying it around and not be able to wear it again). If you want to bring a cotton sweatshirt, flannel, or one cotton shirt for comfort etc..., we do not want to absolutely ban such a decision. However, know that this is not necessarily recommended, and understand the negative consequences of having cotton if it happens to get wet on the trip. If at all possible, please stick with synthetic "quick-dry" materials. In terms of socks, you should really only have wool socks.

Severe rashes, chaffing and health issues can occur when bathing suits are worn continuously with mesh liners, elastic legs & waists, or containing sand & grit, or used while sitting in water. We highly recommend loose fitting athletic shorts for the experience and not bathing suits.


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