Trips are hard on clothing and equipment. Portage trails are uneven, weather can change abruptly, and campers will be very active. Consider each item carefully as you pack. Is it durable? What would happen if it were torn, lost, or damaged? For the canoe trip, campers’ personal gear and sleeping bags are packed together in waterproof packs supplied by the camp. All personal belongings should be plainly marked with first and last name for identification. Items you do not take with you on your canoe trip can be left in your luggage at Base Camp. Cabin storage is limited. As a general rule of thumb, bring old clothes. If you are going to invest in something, rainwear is the most important part of the wardrobe, when you need it. It is also a good idea to pack a clean, dry set of clothes that you will wear for the bus ride home and not be wearing during your stay at camp.
Please bring only these two pieces of luggage: a sleeping bag and one suitcase/duffel bag.
2 pairs of pants
2 pairs of shorts
Underwear for 1 week
Socks for 1 week
1 or 2 sweatshirts
2 piece durable raingear
2 pair shoes (at least 1 pair sturdy tennis shoes)
Brimmed cap or hat
Toiletry kit (toothbrush, toothpaste, personal hygiene products)
Flashlight (and extra batteries)
Insect repellent (no more than 30% D.E.E.T.)
Sunscreen (minimum SPF 15)
Metal or sturdy plastic refillable water bottle
Lip balm (minimum SPF 15)
Notebook/pen or pencil for “journaling”
Fishing gear (rod & reel, artificial lures, etc.)
Sandals (i.e. Chaco, Keen, Teva, or something similar)
Please do not bring extra food, candy, or snacks to camp. Camp will provide plenty of nutritious, tasty food for meals. Food brought from home could lead to unwelcome guests (i.e. mice, bears, etc.) in the cabins!