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. 

Packing List

All items should be synthetic or wool (NOT cotton or denim) unless otherwise noted.

Fabric Types/Styles to Purchase: The Packing List reflects the layering principle. It is vital that all your clothing be comfortable, quick-drying, and warm. Review our Fabrics and Layering for the Wilderness blog on the importance of fabrics.

Quantity Ranges: You may determine the exact quantity based on your personal preference and budget. You will likely wear clothing items multiple times throughout course. You do not need to bring a separate outfit for each day.

If you have questions, please contact your Student Services Representative. 

 

Upper Body

Quantity

Item

Description/Purpose

1

Fleece jacket or pullover, medium weight

To keep you warm when not active in camp, should be warm enough to be worn alone but thin enough to fit under an outer layer like a rain jacket

1

Long sleeve shirt (base layer)

Worn closest to skin, snug fitting, to provide warmth

2

Long sleeve shirt, light weight

Button up is preferred, worn over other clothing to protect from biting insects and sun

2-4

T-shirts (synthetic)

Not cotton, athletic shirts appropriate

2-3

Sports bra

If applicable

 

Head and Face

Quantity

Item

Description/Purpose

1

Beanie

 

1

Wide-brimmed hat or baseball cap

 

1 pair

Sunglasses with case and retainer strap

 

1 pair

Prescription eyewear with case and retainer strap

If applicable

 

Lower Body

Quantity

Item

Description/Purpose

1

Long pants (base layer)

Worn closest to skin, snug fitting, to provide warmth. Athletic leggings and long underwear acceptable

2

Pants, light weight, quick-drying

Loose fitting preferred. Will be used for hiking

2

Shorts, light weight, quick-drying

5" minimum inseam

4-6

Underwear

 

 

Hands and Feet

Quantity

Item

Description/Purpose

1

Gloves, light weight

For warmth and/or sun and insect protection. Water resistant preferred.

2-5 pairs

Socks, medium weight

Not cotton

1 pair

"Wet" shoes

Closed toed and hard soled. Review our blog on how to choose shoes.

1 pair

Camp shoes

Fast drying, closed toed, "Croc" style is a staff favorite. Review our blog on how to choose shoes.

 

Personal Items and Toiletries

Quantity

Item

Description/Purpose

1

Prescription medication

If applicable

1

LED headlamp with spare set of batteries

Avoid USB/rechargeable headlamps

1

Insect repellent

Max 4oz bottle

1

SPF 30+ sunscreen

Max 4oz bottle

1

Lip balm with SPF

 

2-3

Bandana

Multi-use item

2-3

Pens or pencils

For writing on course (we provide a journal)

2-5

Gallon-sized zip lock bag

For keeping items dry

1 set

Toiletries: toothbrush & toothpaste, haircare products (see Eye, Skin, and Hair Care section), Menstrual products (if applicable)

To be used during course. Max 4oz each

1 set

Toiletries: shampoo & conditioner, soap

For shower at course end. Max 4oz each

1

Bath towel

For shower at course end

1 set

Extra set of clothes for travel days

 

1

Foot powder

Gold Bond or similar. Max 4oz bottle

 

Optional Items

Quantity

Item

Description/Purpose

1

Watch with alarm

Waterproof or water resistant (no smart watches)

1

Packable camp chair

Lightweight, foldable, like a "Crazy Creek" chair

1

Camera; can be digital or disposable

Bring extra batteries, memory card, extra film, etc. as needed

1

Windbreaker, nylon

 

1

A “cover up” – lightweight fabric item (i.e. a twin sheet, a sarong, or other packable fabric). Can be cotton and a repurposed item.

For discreet clothing changes and/or covering up from biting insects at night while sleeping