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What To Pack

Hiking

The packing list below is a general overview of appropriate clothing for your hiking adventures with First Descents. Outfitters will provide all any equipment if necessary, like trekking poles.  Be sure to look at your personal page for packing details specific to your program. Please contact First Descents if you have any questions regarding this packing list.

Must Haves:

  • Hydration pack (camelback) or 32 oz water bottle!
  • Daypack- to store layers, hydration, snacks, etc!
  • Closed toe shoes – comfortable tennis shoes work great!

Clothing for Hiking:

Top Layers

  • Wool or Synthetic (e.g. nylon, polyester, etc.) Base Layer (Dry-fit works!) T-Shirts
  • Wool or Synthetic Mid-Weight Base Layer (fleeces, hoodies, merino wool pullover)
  • Rain Jacket

Bottom

  • Shorts
  • Pants – i.e. hiking pants, yoga pants – (hiking in pants helps protect your legs from scrapes and sun)
  • Lightweight waterproof wind/rain pant

Feet

  • Hiking socks (non-cotton material)

Extras (Sun Protection)

  • Sunglasses (preferred polarized)
  • Billed cap/hat

Why no cotton?

Cotton is a poor choice for outdoor activities due to its high thermal conductivity (rate of energy loss). When it gets wet, cotton allows the moisture to sit on your skin, in turn, cooling you instead of keeping you warm. In other words, you don’t stay very warm or dry with cotton!

Personal clothing not for hiking:

  • Warm, comfortable clothes (sweatpants, jeans, t-shirts, hoodies, shorts, etc.) nights at the lodge may be chilly. Cotton is acceptable.
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Headlamp/Flashlight

Also to consider:

  • Buff/Bandana (preferred UV protection)
  • Stocking Hat/Beanie
  • Personal hygiene items, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, insect repellent, SPF Lip Balm
  • Camera
  • Spending money (there may be opportunities to purchase souvenirs if you wish)
  • Book/Journal
  • Star Chart
  • Binoculars

Medications:

  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications will be self-administered. If you anticipate using any over-the-counter meds such as Motrin, Tylenol, or Benadryl, please bring them with you!

 

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