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)
- sleeping bag
- fitted twin sheet for under sleeping bag
- pillow case
- flashlight with batteries (headlamps are great)
- lip protection (chapstick or something with a decent SPF)
- water bottle
- 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
- 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)
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.
- body wash
- face wash
What NOT to Bring:
- hair dryer
- 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!