Packing List:
Big Summer Adventure

Bags & Packing

  • Soft-Sided Duffle Bag

    Stick to a medium-size duffle. Shoot to fit all your clothing and personal gear inside.

  • Hiking Daypack

    A pack with 15 to 30-liters of volume works well for this trip. You need space for layers, trail snacks, water, and odds and ends.

  • (3-5x) Small Stuff Sacks or Small Packing Cubes

    These help keep your clothing and gear organized. Make sure you have one or two in small or extra-small sizes.


  • (3-4x) Synthetic T-Shirts, Tanks, or Athletic Tops

    T-shirts or tops made for running or working out are good choices. Stick to moisture-wicking fabrics. No cotton.

  • (2-3x) Pairs of Shorts

    Bring shorts designed for running or working out. Loose or compression fit. Look for moisture-wicking nylon, polyester, nylon/spandex, or polyester/spandex fabrics. No cotton.

  • (1-2x) Long Sleeve Athletic Tops or Baselayer Tops

    Look for polyester, polyester blend, or wool fabrics. No cotton.

  • (1-2x) Pairs of Athletic Leggings or Baselayer Bottoms

    Moisture-wicking long underwear bottoms or ankle-length tights made for training/running. Look for wool, Capilene, nylon/spandex, or polyester/spandex. No cotton.

  • (3-5x) Pairs Athletic Underwear

    Stick to moisture-wicking fabrics. No cotton. If you pack shorts with built-in liners, you can pack fewer pairs of underwear.

  • (2-3x) Sports Bras

    (If applicable.) Stick to synthetic or wool fabrics. No cotton.

  • (1-2x) Swim Suits

  • Upper Body Insulation Layer

    Bring a thick polyester fleece jacket or a synthetic "puffy" jacket. This should be able to fit under your rain jacket.

  • Waterproof/Breathable Rain Jacket

    A lightweight hard shell you can wear over your other upper body layers.

  • Waterproof/Breathable Rain Pants

  • optional Rash Guard or Sun Shirt

  • optional Extra Upper Body Insulation Layer

    A lightweight polyester fleece top or other layer to add additional warmth.

Hand, Neck, and Headwear

  • Hat with a Brim

    A baseball hat, visor, or sun hat.

  • Knit Hat

    A wool, synthetic knit, or fleece hat for cool nights.

  • Lightweight Gloves

    Pack fleece, Power Stretch, or other gloves made for running or for use as a medium-weight liner.

  • optional Kayaking Gloves

    Our guides recommend NRS Boater's Gloves.

  • optional Buff

    A multi-purpose piece of neck and headwear that our guides suggest.


  • Pair of Backpacking Boots

    Choose waterproof/breathable boots with ankle support made for carrying a backpacking load. Make sure these fit well with the socks you plan to use on the trail. Also, be aware that feet tend to swell over the course of an adventure. It’s best if your boots are already broken-in when you arrive for the adventure.

  • Pair of River Sandals or Water Shoes

    Bring either sport sands with ankle straps (like Chacos or Tevas) or water shoes. Flip flops are not acceptable.

  • Pair of Sneakers, Running Shoes, Trail Runners, or Light Hiking Shoes

    You’ll use these as camp shoes. Please don’t substitute a different camp shoe that doesn’t provide toe protection. A lighter weight and more packable shoe is advantageous.

  • (2-4x) Pairs of Wool Backpacking Socks

    Stick to purpose-built, medium-weight backpacking socks from companies like Darn Tough and Smart Wool. Bring 4 pairs if you plan to day hike in your boots. Bring 2 pairs if you plan to day hike in hiking shoes or trail runners that double as your camp shoes.

  • (1-3x) Pairs of Athletic Socks

    For use with your camp shoes. Your choice of sock height. Stick to moisture-wicking socks made for running or hiking. No cotton. Pack 3 pairs if you plan to use your camp shoes for day hiking.

Personal Care

  • Sunglasses with Strap

  • Sunscreen

    Pack at least 6oz of sunscreen. Our guides recommend SPF 30. Two smaller containers may be easier than one larger one. No aerosol spray cans.

  • Lip Balm with SPF

  • 2oz Bottle of Hand Sanitizer

  • Toiletries

    Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, soap, shampoo, conditioner, face wash, lotion, moisturizer with SPF, brush/comb, etc.

  • Small Microfiber Camp Towel

  • Any Medications You Take

  • (1-2x) Bandanas

  • Menstrual Hygiene Supplies

    (If applicable.) Tampons, Diva Cup, or pads. Pack 50% more supplies than you expect to need.

  • Spare Glasses or Contact Lenses

    (If applicable.)

  • optional Insect Repellent

    Look for the active ingredient DEET. Ben's brand is packaged well for backcountry travel. No aerosol sprays.

  • optional Bathing / Body Wipes


  • Sleeping Bag

    Bring a mummy-cut backpacking-style sleeping bag rated for 20-degrees Fahrenheit.

  • LED Headlamp and Spare Set of Batteries

  • (1-2x) Water Bottles

    Minimum of 32oz volume. Pick a bottle with a screw-top lid that covers the areas your mouth contacts. A Nalgene-brand bottle is a good choice. If you pack a hydration bladder, you only need to pack one water bottle. Otherwise, pack two.

  • optional Hydration Reservoir / Bladder System

    If you bring a hydration reservoir system you only need to bring one water bottle.

Other Items

  • $60 to $80 Cash

    For hot springs admission on day 4, dinner on day 4, and dinner on day 9.

  • optional Guide Gratuity

    Please consider rewarding hard work and excellent service with a guide gratuity at the end of the adventure.

  • optional Notebook and Pen

  • optional Paperback Book

  • optional Small, Point-And-Shoot Camera

    No DSLR or mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses.

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