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Packing List

Keep in mind that June and July can still be chilly out west! Warm layers are very important, as evening temperatures can dip down in the low 30’s.

Duffel Bag

70 Liters

Qty: 1
Patagonia Black Hole Duffle 70L

Day Pack

A daypack / school backpack (20 – 30 liters) to carry your rain jacket, water bottle, and snacks

Qty: 1
Patagonia Refugio Pack 26L

Moondance will provide you with a 65 Liter backpack and a waterproof backpack cover for the backpacking section of your trip.

Sleeping Bag

Synthetic sleeping bag rated 15°- 25° Fahrenheit with a compression stuff sack

Qty: 1

Ground Pad

Insulating Ground Pad

Qty: 1
Therm-a-rest RidgeRest or Therm-a-Rest ProLite

Your duffel bag needs to be able to fit all of your belongings. Your sleeping bag & ground pad will take up a lot of the room in your duffel, so we encourage you to pack light around those bulky items.

Water Bottles

Minimum 32oz water bottles

Qty: 2
Nalgene 1L wide mouth


With fresh batteries + 2 sets of spare batteries

Qty: 1
Black Diamond Spot or Black Diamond Storm


With 100% UV protection

Qty: 1

Sunglasses Holder

Qty: 1
Croakies or Chums

Cup with Lid

Sturdy plastic or metal; thermal plastic mug is best

Qty: 1
160z nalgene wide mouth

Bowl with Lid

Qty: 1
Tupperwear or Nalgene

Plastic Spoon

Qty: 1
Light My Fire Spork

Nylon Stuff Sack

Sleeping bag size for food storage while backpacking

Qty: 1

Required for your trip

Hiking Boots/Trail Shoes

Medium weight boots - Break them in before arrival!

Qty: 1

River Shoes

These can by open-toed but do need to have a back strap

Qty: 1
Chaco, Teva, or Keen

Old Tennis Shoes

A pair of comfortable, closed-toe shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty

Qty: 1


Non-cotton, lightweight hiking socks

Qty: 5 pairs

Required Shoes

Long Underwear/Base Layer Top

synthetic, non-cotton medium-weight long sleeve top and hooded sunshirt

Qty: 2
Patagonia Capilene Crew and North Face Wander Sun Hoodie


Minimum of 2 synthetic, non-cotton t shirts, other shirts may be cotton

Qty: 4
Patagonia Capilene Daily T-Shirt or Marmot Windridge

Lightweight Top

Synthetic, non-cotton. This can be a fleece pullover, sweater, or a full-zip jacket

Qty: 1
Patagonia R1 Fleece

Rain Jacket w/ Hood

100% waterproof rain jacket with a hood - No ponchos!

Qty: 1
Patagonia Torrentshell or Marmot Precip

Fleece Jacket

Synthetic, non-cotton. This needs to be heavier than the lightweight top

Qty: 1
Patagonia Synchilla or R2 Jacket

Insulating Jacket

Synthetic or down insulation, non-cotton. This can be a synthetic or down “puffy” jacket, or an additional heavyweight fleece

Qty: 1
Patagonia Nano Puff or Down Sweater

Sports Bra

For Girls

Qty: 4

Required Clothing Items

Long Underwear/Base Layer Bottom

Synthetic, non-cotton medium weight long underwear bottoms

Qty: 1
Patagonia Capilene Lightweight/Midweight bottoms

Quick-dry Shorts

Synthetic, non-cotton shorts

Qty: 3 Pair
Patagonia Baggies

Bathing Suits

Boys: your quick dry shorts can double as a bathing suit

Qty: 2

Long Pants or Leggings

Minimum 1 pair of synthetic, non-cotton hiking pants, but the other pair may be cotton

Qty: 2 Pair


Synthetic, non-cotton are best (but a couple cotton pairs are permitted)

Qty: 8

Rain Pants

100% Waterproof pants large enough to fit over regular pants

Qty: 1

Fleece Pants

Synthetic, non-cotton fleece pants or heavyweight long underwear bottoms

Qty: 1
Patagonia Synchilla Fleece Pants or Patagonia R1 pants

Required Clothing Items


Wool or fleece, non-cotton medium weight gloves

Qty: 1

Warm Hat

Wool or fleece, non-cotton beanie

Qty: 1

Baseball Hat

A baseball hat or wide-brimmed hat for sun protection

Qty: 1

Mosquito Head Net

Required Item

Qty: 1

Required Additional Items

Dopp Kit

Contains: toothbrush, toothpaste, travel shampoo & soap, deodorant

Qty: 1
Patagonia Black Hole Cube 6L-M

COVID-19 Vaccination Card + Copies

Valid COVID-19 vaccination card + 2 additional photocopies of your vaccination card

Qty: 2

Small First Aid Kit

Contains: Insect repellent, waterproof sunscreen, Band-aids, Moleskin, Chapstick w/ sun prevention, Wet Ones wipes, Dramamine (if prone to motion sickness), personal hand sanitizer.

Qty: 1

Prescription Glasses + Contacts

If your child wears glasses and/or contacts, please bring at least one spare pair of glasses/ lenses. Contact lens wearers should bring a pair of glasses as backup in addition to contacts.

Qty: 2 Pair

Required Hygiene Items. *Please keep in mind that you will be carrying all toiletries with you on the plane, so make sure they are travel-sized!

Camp Chair

HIGHLY Recommended

Qty: 1
Crazy Creek


Personal Wallet with $150 spending money

Qty: 1


For additional sun and wind protection. Buffs are tube-like and can be worn up to 12 different ways providing versatile sun protection. Can even be worn as a headband!

Qty: 1


Small, pea-less plastic will do

Qty: 1

Pack Towel

Absorbent & quick to dry, large or extra-large works best

Qty: 1
Sea to Summit Drylite Towel



Qty: 1

Additional Required Items

Sock Liners (1-2)

Synthetic, non-cotton liners that help wick moisture

Qty: 1-2

Digital Camera

With charger, extra battery, and 32-64 GB memory card

Qty: 1
Canon Powershot G9 X


With charger, extra battery, and 32-64 GB memory card

Qty: 1
Used GoPros available for purchase in Moondance Gear Store

External Charger

Portable charger/power bank to charge camera and GoPro

Qty: 1

A Good Book

Paperback books are less bulky

Qty: 1

Notebook with Pen

For journaling

Qty: 1

Backpacker's pillow

HIGHLY recommend; a luxury to have while camping or on travel days

Qty: 1

Fly Rod, Reel, and Flies

Qty: 1

Personal Protective Equipment : Mask

(2) reusable, breathable masks that completely cover nose and mouth and fit snuggly; Moondance will not provide masks. To be used where it is required by trip location or outfitter.

Qty: 2
Moondance Buff

Not required by highly recommended. Since we don’t allow cell phones during our trips, you may not use your phone as a camera. Leaders will take photos that will be shared at the end of the summer

Packing Tips

In the event that your luggage is delayed or lost in transit, we want you to be prepared. Therefore, wear tennis or hiking shoes on the plane. Plus, pack the following items from this packing list in your daypack / school backpack carry-on:

  • A change of clothes (underwear + t-shirt + shorts or pants)
  • Your rain jacket
  • Prescription medications & toothbrush
  • ID, money
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Card
  • Personal Protective Equipment: Mask (2)

These items are already included in the packing list – they are not additional items!



You will be staying in 4-person, single gender tents at frontcountry and backcountry campsites.


Please bring all personal eating utensils listed on the packing list. Moondance will provide all group cooking gear.

If you have any special dietary restrictions/ considerations, please contact the Moondance office for further information