Gear Checklist

Want to check off your needed items as you pack? Get the paper version of our Gear Checklist below.

Gear Checklist (PDF)

Provided by Wild Science Explorers:

  • PFD (personal floatation device/life jacket)
  • tent
  • eating utensils
  • food
  • 1 large dry bag for personal clothing & gear

Personal Gear Checklist

All of your personal gear must fit into a 100 liter bag; a good estimate of this volume is to see if your things will fit into a tall (100 liter) black trash bag.

Camping Gear

  • sleeping bag (synthetic material, NOT cotton)
  • small flashlight or headlamp (bring extra batteries)


  • 1-2 modest bathing suits
  • 4 short sleeve t-shirts
  • 2-3 pairs of shorts (fast drying synthetic, NOT cotton)
  • 1 pair long pants for camp
  • 1 pair hiking boots or shoes
  • 1 pair river shoes/sandals (must securely hold to feet, NOT flip flops)
  • 1 pair socks for camp and hiking (these will stay dry)
  • 1 pair wool or fleece river socks (these will get wet)
  • 1 jacket or sweater (wool or fleece)
  • 1 light rain jacket or poncho
  • 1 broad brimmed hat for sun protection (NO visors)

Other Essentials

  • 1 bottle sunscreen (spray type recommended)
  • 1 small container of biodegradable shampoo
    (Example: Dr. Bronners)
  • personal hygiene or feminine items
  • lip balm
  • toothbrush & small toothpaste
  • 1 small towel for drying after swimming or bathing
  • 1 quart water bottle (Can use Gatorade bottle with your name on it)
  • extra pair of prescription eye glasses or contacts (if needed)
  • TWO weeks supply of any medications (separate into 2 ziplock bags – one for personal dry bag and one for trip medic)