We’ve provided packing recommendations below; however, equivalent items work just fine. We also offer many items for sale or rent via our online store. These items are marked with an “x” in the appropriate column.
Keep in mind that Colorado can still be chilly in June and July! Warm layers are very important, as evening temperatures can dip down in the low 40s. This is particularly important for first session in which the snowpack may not have melted. Please consider bringing additional layers for first session!
20 – 30 liter day pack /school backpack to carry your rain jacket, water bottle and snacks
For carrying all of your gear
NOTE: Moondance Adventures will provide you with a 65 Liter backpack and a waterproof backpack cover for the backpacking section of your trip.
Synthetic sleeping bag rated 20° – 30° Fahrenheit with a compression stuff sack
Insulating ground pad
NOTE: 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.
Minimum 32oz water bottles
Sturdy plastic or metal; thermal plastic mug is best
good idea to bring an extra
With fresh batteries + 2 sets of spare batteries
Sleeping bag size for food storage while backpacking
With 100% UV protection
Additional Required Items
Medium-weight boots - Break them in before arrival!
Old tennis shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty work best
These can by open-toed but do need to have a back strap
Non-cotton, lightweight hiking socks
1 synthetic, medium-weight long sleeve top; 1 hooded sunshirt
Minimum of 2 synthetic, non-cotton t shirts, others may be cotton
Synthetic, non-cotton. This can be a fleece pullover, sweater, or a full-zip jacket
Synthetic, non-cotton. This needs to be heavier than the lightweight top
100% waterproof rain jacket with a hood - No ponchos!
Synthetic or down insulation, non-cotton. This can be a synthetic or down “puffy” jacket, or an additional heavyweight fleece
Required clothing items
Synthetic, non-cotton medium weight long underwear bottoms
Synthetic, non-cotton shorts
Males: your quick dry shorts can double as your bathing suit
Synthetic, non-cotton are best (but a couple cotton pairs are permitted)
100% Waterproof pants large enough to fit over regular pants
Synthetic, non-cotton fleece pants or heavyweight long underwear bottoms
A pair of cotton pants are fine
Required clothing items
Contains: toothbrush, toothpaste, prescription medication, travel shampoo & soap, deodorant
Valid COVID-19 vaccination card + 2 additional photocopies of your vaccination card
Contains: Insect repellent, waterproof sunscreen, Band-aids, Moleskin, Chapstick w/ sun prevention, Wet Ones wipes, Dramamine (if prone to motion sickness), personal hand sanitizer
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
*Please keep all toiletries in your checked luggage, with the exception of your toothbrush and any personal/prescription medication
Personal wallet with $150 spending money
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!
Small, pea-less plastic will do
Absorbent & quick to dry, large or extra-large works best
Additional required items
With charger, extra battery, and 32-64 GB memory card
With charger, extra battery, and 32-64 GB memory card (Used GoPros available for purchase on Moondance Gear Store)
Portable charger / power bank to charge camera and GoPro
A luxury to have while camping or on travel days
Paperback books are less bulky
(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.
*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.
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:
These items are already included in the packing list – they are not additional items!
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.
Important Travel Notes:
If you’d like to book your travel through our partnered travel agency, Exito, please follow this link to start the booking process. They are familiar with all Moondance flights.
Keep in mind the group travels to and from the airport together, so arriving and departing within the specified windows below is very important.
Remember when booking your child’s flight to allow at least a 2-hour layover in any connecting airport to avoid missed connections or baggage delays.
If your child flies as an unaccompanied minor, please remember to pay the unaccompanied minor fee for both legs of the trip when booking travel.
We will contact you in the Spring to give your child’s trip leader’s names and contact information for the unaccompanied minor contact. In the meantime, please give the airline your information.
If your child flies as an unaccompanied minor, a leader wearing a Moondance t-shirt will meet your child at the flight’s arrival gate. All other students will meet their leader at the Delta baggage claim.
Ideally, fly direct and depart early to prevent any problems with flight changes and delays.