POWA - Gear list

Everyone has a personal preference when it comes to gear and comfort.  Some beginners may not have any idea of how to dress in the backcountry. Some people are ‘hot’ all the time and others ‘cold’ all the time. Temperatures will fluctuate between 45 degrees and 85 degrees during the program. Any good New England day isn’t complete without a 40 degree swing from sunrise to sunset. Moisture and water are elements that can make any outdoor experience uncomfortable, a change of clothes and waterproof items are important.

If you have questions about anything listed, please reach out to program Director Doug Carty:  or 603-562-8026 (cell). 


Clothing: Top

In general, layering is the key to comfort. As you cool off, layer up, as you warm up through exertion, layer down. Tops with zippers help regulate heat very well. It’s best to avoid cotton if possible but if you have a mix of cotton and synthetic layers you’ll be just fine. 

  • Base Layer (inner layer): synthetic t-shirt
  • Mid-weight Layer: synthetic long sleeve, light fleece or polypropylene
  • One heavy weight fleece or wool sweater and/or light down vest
  • One waterproof shell with hood (moisture wicking preferred)
  • Women- synthetic sports bra
  • Hooded sweatshirts are not the best choice in outerwear. If you choose to bring one, try to bring one made from material other than cotton. 

Clothing: Bottom

Layering will also be important with your other half! 

  • Lightweight synthetic pants (long underwear)
  • Heavyweight fleece/synthetic pants
  • Waterproof pants
  • 24 Pairs of underwear, cotton or polyester fabric
    • *Polypropylene will keep you drier if wet
    • *Cotton will breathe better if dry
    • Your preference, try each if you wish
    • 2-4 pair wool (make sure you’re not allergic!) or synthetic hiking socks 

Clothing: Other

  • Sun hat or cap- anything with a visor is great to deflect both sun and rain.
  • Winter style hat for chilly nights
  • While in camp: sneakers, slides, flip flops


Hygiene can be a touchy subject in the backcountry. Yes, we will all smell a little funky, yes you might have to ‘poop in the woods…’ 

  • Toothbrush/ Toothpaste
  • Baby wipes for face / body part cleaning (these are great!)
  • Biodegradable soap, if desired
  • Contact lens supply/back-up glasses
  • Tampon or pad supply (bring twice as many as you typically use)
  • Baby powder (anti-chafing)

Personal Items

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Headlamp (with extra batteries)
  • Bandanas or small towel
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • Bowl with lid, spoon (Tupperware is great)
  • Insulated camping mug 
  • Contact lens solution/case
  • Any relevant prescribed medications/inhaler.

Optional Items

  • Camera
  • Bug headnet
  • Compass
  • Small book/journal 

Do Not Bring

  • Alcohol / drugs / cigarettes / Weapons

All POWA participants are subject to the Student Code of Conduct.

Recommended Kayak/Canoe Specific Gear

Water shoes with a heel (for better support while portaging, climbing over rocks), towel, bathing suit. 

Recommended Backpacking Specific Gear

Hiking boots for safety and performance; these should have a ¾ shank and be full height to provide support above the ankle bone.


CONTACT Raven Recreation

Doug Carty, Director
(603) 899-4383
Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.