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Packing List

We’ve provided packing recommendations below; however, equivalent items work just fine. We also offer many items for sale via our online store. These items are marked with an “x” in the appropriate column.
Keep in mind; June and July tend to stay pretty warm on the island of Maui. Please consider this as you prepare for your Moondance Adventure!

Base Layer Top

Synthetic, non-cotton, light-weight long sleeve top

Qty: 1
Patagonia Capilene Crew or Patagonia Tropic Comfort Hoody)


Minimum of 2 synthetic, non-cotton t-shirts, other shirts may be cotton & okay to get dirty

Qty: 4
Patagonia Capilene T-Shirt, Marmot Windridge

Long Sleeve Rash Guard

For sun–protection and comfort in the water

Qty: 1
Patagonia Unisex Long-Sleeved Rashguard

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

Sports Bra

For girls

Qty: 4

Required Clothing Items
NOTE: You can expect to get your clothes dirty during your community service section, so keep that in mind when choosing specific clothing and footwear items.

Quick-dry Shorts

Synthetic, non-cotton shorts

Qty: 3
Patagonia Baggies

Bathing Suits

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

Qty: 3


Pair of comfortable, cotton sweatpants

Qty: 1

Lightweight Bottoms

Capilene bottoms or yoga pants (for girls, if you prefer to wear them)

Qty: 1


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

Qty: 6

Required Clothing Items
NOTE: You can expect to get your clothes dirty during your community service section, so keep that in mind when choosing specific clothing and footwear items.

Baseball Hat

A Baseball Hat or Wide-Brimmed Sun Hat for Sun Protection

Qty: 1

Required Gear

Tennis Shoes

A pair of comfortable, closed-toed, sturdy shoes (for hiking)

Qty: 1

River Shoes

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

Qty: 1
Chaco, Teva, Keen


Backless, comfortable shoes that can get wet

Qty: 1


Non-cotton, lightweight hiking socks

Qty: 4 pair
Smartwool or Darn Tough

Required Shoes

Duffel Bag

90 – 110 liters

Qty: 1
North Face Base Camp L Duffel (95 Liters) or Patagonia Black Hole Duffel 100 L

Day Pack

20 – 30 liter daypack /school backpack to carry your rain jacket, water bottle and snacks

Qty: 1
Patagonia Refugio Pack 26 L

Mesh bag

For storing wet clothes & gear

Qty: 2

For carrying all of your gear

Sleeping Bag

Synthetic sleeping bag rated 40° – 50° Fahrenheit with a compression stuff sack

Qty: 1

Ground Pad (Important!)

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.

Dopp Kit*

Contains: toothbrush, toothpaste, prescription medication, 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

First Aid Kit*

Contains: Insect repellent, waterproof sunscreen (must be reef safe and nonspray), Band-aids, 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

Extra Sunscreen (Non-Spray, Reef-Safe)

Travel size

Qty: 1

*Please keep all toiletries in your checked luggage, with the exception of your toothbrush and any personal/prescription medication

Water Bottles

32oz Water Bottles

Qty: 2
Nalgene 32oz Wide Mouth Water Bottle


With Fresh Batteries + 2 Sets of Spare Batteries; This is very important!

Qty: 1
Black Diamond Spot or Black Diamond Storm


With 100% UV Protection

Qty: 1

Sunglasses Holder

Qty: 1
Croakies or Chums

Nylon Stuff Sack

Extra Nylon Stuff Sack (Sleeping Bag Size)

Qty: 1
Sea To Summit Stuff Sack

Cup With Lid

Sturdy Plastic or Metal Mug

Qty: 1
16oz Nalgene Wide Mouth

Bowl With Lid

Qty: 1
Tupperware or Nalgene

Plastic Spork OR Spoon & Fork, + Plastic Knife

Qty: 1
Light My Fire Spork

Required For Your Trip

Camp Chair

HIGHLY recommended

Qty: 1
Crazy Creek


Personal wallet with $150 spending money

Qty: 1

Bandana / Buff

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


Absorbent & quick to dry, large or extra-large works best, No cotton! Beach towel

Qty: 2
Sea to Summit Drylite Towel

Additional Required Items


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 (Used GoPros available for purchase on Moondance Gear Store)

Qty: 1

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

ENO Hammock

A nice option for downtime on the beach! (Note that only 1 campsite has ENO spots.)

Qty: 1

Backpacker's Pillow

A luxury to have while camping or traveling

Qty: 1

Sleeping bag liner

Silk, cotton, or synthetic; for those warmer nights

Qty: 1
Sea to Summit Expander Travel Liner

Swimmer’s Ear Drops

If prone to swimmer’s ear

Qty: 1

*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

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



4-person, single gender tents at front country 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.


Maui 1, June 9-June 22, 2024

  • Kahului Airport (OGG)
  • Sunday, June 9, 2024
  • 12PM-6PM
  • Kahului Airport (OGG)
  • Friday, June 21, 2024
  • 7 PM - 10:30 PM (June 22, 2024)

Maui 2, June 25 -July 8, 2024

  • Kahului Airport (OGG)
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2024
  • 12PM-6PM
  • Kahului Airport (OGG)
  • Sunday, July 7, 2024
  • 7 PM - 10:30 PM (July 8, 2024)

Maui 3, July 11-July 24, 2024

  • Kahului Airport (OGG)
  • Thursday, July 11, 2024
  • 12PM-6PM
  • Kahului Airport (OGG)
  • Tuesday, July 23, 2024
  • 7PM-10:30PM (July 24, 2024)

Important Travel Notes:

If you’d like to book your travel through our partnered travel agency, Fly My Group, please follow this link and use the registration code “moondance24” 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 travelo 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.