What to Bring

Packing List


  • Shorts
  • Shirts (both short-sleeved and long-sleeved)
  • Swimsuit
  • Sleep clothes
  • Athletic shoes
  • Shoes for hiking – a good pair of trail running shoes is best (these have a rock plate), or a pair of hiking shoes or boots
  • Long pants/Jeans
  • Casual dress clothes (for the banquet)
  • Light jacket or sweatshirt (the evenings and mornings get chilly!)
  • Rain jacket or poncho

Personal Items

  • Bible (or Bible app) and Pen/Pencil
  • Musical instrument (students can sign up to be part of the worship team or participate in the talent show!)
  • Toiletries
  • Spending money for snacks, gift shop, meals on the road.

Recreational Items

  • Water bottle!! a sturdy one. If you are going hiking you will not be allowed to go without at least one, preferably two water bottles.
  • Flashlight
  • Hat (wide brim is nice for Sand Dunes)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

Personal First-Aid Kit

  • adhesive bandages of various sizes (6 or so)
  • 2 sterile, 3×3 gauze pads
  • small roll of adhesive tape
  • moleskin (used for keeping hot spots on your feet from becoming blisters)
  • alcohol wipes or alcohol-based sanitizing gel
  • antibiotic ointment
  • disposable nonlatex gloves
  • Other things you may want to include
    • Ace bandage
    • hydrocortisone cream

If you are going rafting:

  • Restraining strap for your sunglasses, preferably the kind that floats
  • Water shoes

If you are going hiking:

  • Daypack (please no string bags)
  • Non-cotton pants and a long sleeve, non-cotton moisture wicking shirt
  • Rain jacket (not one of those throwaway ponchos)
  • Layers (it can get cold at high altitudes even in June)
  • Shoes for hiking – trail runners, low-quarter hiking shoes or hiking boots
  • Non-cotton hiking socks. Wool or wool-blend are best.
  • 2 water bottles (at least 2 liters)
  • Water filter like Sawyer Squeeze or Lifestraw (we’ll have these if you don’t)
  • Bug spray
  • Personal First-Aid Kit (see above) 
with Moleskin for blisters
  • Snacks or energy bars to supplement your sack lunch
  • Toilet paper and a latrine trowel
  • Flashlight
  • Whistle
  • Hiking Poles (optional)