Below is your comprehensive packing guide for your upcoming trip. Packing for your trip is a balance between making sure you have the gear you need to stay comfortable, but not overloading yourself with pounds of extra stuff.
Fabrics: Synthetic fabrics are best for hiking trips because they are typically wicking, fast drying, and will still keep you somewhat warm when wet. Do not bring all-cotton clothes, including denim or sweatpants. These are either heavy or absorb water too easily. You also do not have to go out and buy the latest and greatest hiking clothing- athletic warm-ups, athletic shorts, and 50/50 cotton synthetic blends will be more than adequate.
- 1 sleeping bag with stuff sack: Any summer weight synthetic fill bag will do. If the bag has a temperature rating, a 35 to 45° F bag will work. The bag should have a nylon shell both inside and outside. Down bags are acceptable, but extra care must be taken to keep them dry. Do not bring bags with cotton shell, fill, or lining—if they get wet, they will not dry easily.
- 1 external or internal frame backpack with shoulder straps and padded hip belt. External frame packs should have 2,000 – 3,000 cubic inches of volume and internal frame packs 4,000 – 5,000 cubic inches. Make sure the pack fits well and that all straps and zippers are in working order. If you have an external frame pack, bring sleeping bag straps, bungee cord, or rope to hold your sleeping bag onto the pack.
- ** FOAM-OUT Camping trips can use any duffle or backpack that fits your belongings.
- 2 one-liter water bottles (like a Nalgene)
- 1 sleeping pad: closed-cell foam (i.e. RidgeRest®) or inflatable camping pad (i.e. Thermarest®). Sleeping pads provide padding and insulation for more comfortable sleeping.
- 1 rain jacket or poncho
You have already indicated in your registration form if you needed to rent any of these items. If your needs have changed, please email us ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can make sure you are full outfitted for your trip.
The following are not available for rent. You are responsible for bringing the following items:
- 1 pair of lightweight hiking boots*. Make sure your boots are well broken in before you arrive! Blisters are no fun.
*Sneakers are usually fine as well but remember that most sneakers are not waterproof and they do not provide the same ankle support on uneven terrain.
- 1 pair camp shoes. It’s nice to have something to change into at the end of the day. We recommend Crocs, light comfy sneakers, or sandals
- 2 pairs medium weight wool hiking socks
- Underwear as needed
- 1-2 pairs shorts
- 1 pair long pants, loose fitting: cotton/synthetic blend, fleece, nylon, or some other synthetic material.
- 1 pair waterproof rain pants (optional)
- 1 bathing suit (optional)
- 1-2 t-shirts: synthetic or 50/50 cotton/synthetic blend
- 1 long-sleeve shirt: cotton/synthetic blend, polypropylene, athletic warm-up
- 1 lightweight jacket/sweater
- 1 brimmed cap: for sun and rain protection
- 1 beanie: for warmth at night if you know you get cold easily (optional)
- Any medications you will need to take during the trip (allergy meds, etc)
- Glasses / contacts / solution if you need them
- 1 small flashlight or headlamp
- 1 cup preferably with handle
- 1 bowl
- 1 spoon
- 1 pocketknife (optional)
- 1 toilet kit: Just the essentials (toothbrush and small tube of toothpaste, comb/brush, sunscreen, lip balm, bug spray. Do not bring smellables like shampoo, soap, shaving cream, deodorant, etc. These will attract insects and bears, probably in that order. We will provide hand sanitizer and biodegradable soap.)
- 1 bandanna or handkerchief (optional but handy…pun intended)
- 1 pair sunglasses (optional)
- Women: bring any feminine sanitary products you expect you will need
- 1 small towel (optional)
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Packing list adapted from https://docfirstyeartrips.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/packing-list/ and Columbia’s PSOOP program.