Gear List

Everything on this list should fit into two bags: one big bag which you will check, (a suitcase, frame pack, or duffle bag — must be under a total weight of 50lbs) and one carry-on daypack.

If it doesn’t fit, you packed too much stuff!



Head & Hands:

  • one warm winter hat that will cover your ears
  • waterproof gloves or mittens with liners
  • disposable handwarmers or footwarmers (if you have cold hands or feet). Don’t let frigid digits ruin your adventure!


  • one waterproof outer shell jacket with a hood
  • 2-3 insulating layers (polyester fleece, wool sweaters – NOT COTTON)
  • a couple of comfortable long sleeved shirts to wear when you are not in the field


  • one pair of waterproof snow pants (snowboarding pants with cargo pockets are great)
  • one pair of casual, comfortable pants (for the airplane trips or wearing around the lodge in the evenings)


  • at least 3 pairs of wool socks
  • at least 5 pairs of sock liners
  • one pair of warm snow boots (such as Sorrels)


  • enough underwear for a 6 day trip
  • 2+ sets of silk or capilene long underwear (tops & bottoms)
  • jammies


  • sleeping bag
  • fitted twin sheet for under sleeping bag
  • pillow case 
  • flashlight with batteries (headlamps are great)
  • sunscreen
  • lip protection (chapstick or something with a decent SPF)
  • water bottle
  • camera
  • small binoculars (optional, but useful)
  • Bible Lesson

Art & Writing Supplies

  • RA Journal (waterproof bag for journal is not a bad idea)
  • a couple of pencils
  • eraser
  • a few pens you like to write with – at least one black (supplied)
  • a compact set of colors (whatever you are familiar with – colored pencils, acrylics, or watercolors – water-based media – NO OIL PAINTS)

Personal Supplies
You guys all know what you need in the bathroom. Here are a few reminders so you don’t forget any important stuff and end up sharing toothbrushes or something gross like that.

  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • body wash
  • face wash
  • shampoo/conditioner
  • razor
  • deodorant

What NOT to Bring:

  • hair dryer
  • food
  • computer (unless you want it for the airplane)
  • phone (unless you want it for the airplane – it will be taken from you for the week)

Okay, you’re good to go!