Packing List for Students

If needed we have the essential items to borrow for your visit.
Please bring as much on this list as you can.
Pack clothes and footwear that can get really dirty and wet!
We will be outside for most of your stay.
We recommend that you label items with the student’s name.

  • A sleeping bag, OR blankets and single-bed sheets
  • Pillow with case
  • 1 large bath towel and 2 small washcloths
  • Body wash/soap
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hairbrush
  • Notebook and pencils
  • 1 day backpack. Everyone will carry their own lunches on all day hikes. Everyone will also carry notebook/pencils, extra socks, rain gear, water, etc. We prefer backpacks with padded straps (not rope).
  • 2 reusable water bottles with a secure-fitting lid. Please bring at least 24 oz. containers.
  • 1 pair of comfortable footwear for hiking. All shoes or boots should be broken in—nothing brand new!
  • 2–4 pairs of pants, depending on length of stay
  • 1–2 pairs of shorts, if needed during warm weather
  • Underwear for each day
  • 1 shirt per day
  • 1 sweater or fleece (year-round it gets cool in evenings)
  • 1 warm coat
  • 1 waterproof rain coat or poncho
  • 1 pair of pajamas
  • Warm gloves and hat, if colder weather
  • 1 pair of socks per day

Optional items:

  • 1 pair of comfortable sneakers not for hiking
  • 1 pair of old shoes for water shoes, closed toed with heel strap
  • Camera
  • Stationery and stamps
  • Magnifying glass
  • Compass
  • Flashlight
  • Slippers or flip-flops for use in dorm


  • Expensive and sentimental belongings
  • “Good” clothes or footwear
  • Food, snacks, gum, or candy
  • Speakers, video games, or other electronic/electrical equipment
  • Knives of any kind
  • Cigarettes, illegal drugs, alcohol