Note: PLEASE try to bring as few cotton items as possible. Synthetic materials (like polypropylene, capilene, and fleece**) dry much faster and keep your body much warmer than cotton -- very valuable traits in the event of rain.
- one fleece pullover, sweatshirt or warm, breathable layer. Wool sweater okay.
- one pair of shorts
- one pair of long pants or long underwear (no jeans or cotton sweats)
- one or two t-shirts (at least one non-cotton shirt)
- one long sleeved under-layer (Duofold, Capilene, etc)
- at least two pairs of socks (not cotton; Smartwool is great)
- one pair of broken-in and waterproofed hiking boots is recommended. If you must wear sneakers, make sure they have excellent soles, treads, and ankle support.
- one pair of camp shoes (sneakers, sandals, or mocs to wear while hanging out at campsite)
- waterproof rain jacket
- waterproof rain pants (if you can't find/don't want to buy these, make sure your shorts and other pants are not cotton!)
- one warm hat
- bandana (optional)
- sunglasses and/or hat/visor
- internal or external frame backpack*
- summer-weight sleeping bag (filled with synthetic insulation)*
- compression sack/stuff sack for sleeping bag
- at least three 32-oz water bottles
- foam sleeping pad/Therm-a-rest (optional but very wonderful)
- one package moleskin plus padding or Dr. Scholl's Blister Treatment Foam (in the footcare section of your drug store or supermarket)
- any required medication
- insect repellant or After-Bite
- at least two plastic trash bags (one for clothing, one for sleeping bag, extras for anything else you don't want to get wet, like a camera)
- toothbrush and toothpaste
- tupperware bowl
- spoon (and fork if you must)
- flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries
- 1 snack/energy bar type item for each day of hiking(3) so you have one personal snack at your disposal.
- a bit of cash for rest stops before and after backpacking
Do NOT Bring:
- iPods, walkmans, radios, or any electronic items
- food or snacks (we'll provide more than enough, we promise!)
- alcohol, drugs, or tobacco products
- soap, cosmetics, deodorant, or anything smelly that could attract a wild animal
- anything that will be ruined if dirty or wet
* We may be able to rent a backpack and/or sleeping bag for you at a small fee.
** If you don't recognize these terms, ask anyone who is familiar with backpacking.