Suggested Packing List for Overnight Experiences

We will be outdoors as much as possible during your adventure at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center, so you must come prepared. If you do not have some of the items, you  do not need to buy anything. Instead, you should substitute, improvise or talk to your teacher. Please watch the weather and pack accordingly. Remember that you will be carrying your own luggage, so don’t bring more than you can carry!




  •  Sleeping bag or two blanket bed rolls, sheet and pillow (for twin bed)


  • 1 pair of pajamas
  • 1 pair of shoes for outdoor use (like hiking boots)
  • 1 pair of shoes for indoor use
  • 1 pair of rubber boots (if possible)
  • 3 pairs of underwear
  • 4-6 pairs of socks
  • 2-3 shirts appropriate to the season
  • 2 pairs of pants
  • 1 raincoat or poncho
  • 1 heavy jacket
  • 1 sweatshirt

Bathroom Items:

  • 1-2 towels and washcloths
  • 1 soap in a container
  • 1 toothbrush and toothpaste
  • 1 comb and/or brush
  • 1 drinking cup, plastic or collapsible


  • 1 small reusable water bottle


Cold Weather Additions (November – March):

  • 1 warm hat with ear coverings (very important)
  • 1 outdoor winter coat (very important)
  • 2 pairs of warm gloves or mittens
  • 2-3 pairs of warm socks (wool preferred)
  • 1-2 sweatshirts or sweaters
  • 1 pair of winter long underwear (or warm pajamas to be used as such)
  • 1 scarf
  • 1 pair of winter boots
  • 1 pair of warm pants or snow pants
  • 1 Chap Stick or lip balm

Warm Weather Additions (April – October):

  • 1 pair of outdoor shorts
  • 1 sunscreen lotion
  • 1 sun hat or ball cap
  • 1 insect repellent


bag for dirty clothes, bathrobe, slippers, camera, binoculars, paper, pencil, envelopes and stamps, reading books, quiet games for dorm time


guns, knives, any other weapon; alcohol or drugs; radio, music players; food (this includes candy & chewing gum), drinks, electronic games or equipment including cell phones; sports equipment; curling irons; aerosol products; money; vehicles; animals; only one hair dryer per room is allowed.