CLOTHING & GEAR LIST

 The Clothing and Gear list is the result of many years of staff and participant feedback. Please read and follow these suggestions and the check list closely. 

Menstruation Care

Increased physical activity during Outward Bound may cause a change in your menstrual cycle.

Prepare by packing the following items even if you don’t expect your cycle during course:

  • Double the amount of tampons, pads and/or panty liners you typically use during your cycle. If you use tampons exclusively, we suggest packing panty liners as well. Menstrual cups are also acceptable.   
  • 1 small travel pack of feminine or baby wipes – to be used sparingly, not for use as “sponge bath.” Your instructors will teach appropriate backcountry techniques for basic cleanliness.
  • 1 small travel size bottle of hand sanitizer
  • 1 extra bandanna (to help keep clean and dry)
  • 1 to 2 extra pair of underwear

Pack the above items in a large zip-lock bag. Instructors will distribute small opaque bags for discrete storage of used and unused supplies.

We practice Leave No Trace camping techniques. Therefore, we pack out what we pack in. You will dispose of any used items either during re-supplies (which occur approximately every three to seven days) or at course end. 

To protect against bacterial infections including MRSA, we ask you to consider not shaving one week prior to course start. Open hair follicles are potential points of entry for bacteria.

Your instructors are very experienced in addressing menstruation care questions or concerns while on course. Don’t hesitate to ask them questions.