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Packing List

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

Duffel Bag

100 – 155 liters

Qty: 1
North Face Base Camp Duffel XL or Patagonia Black Hole Duffel 100 L


Internal frame, 70 – 90 liters

Qty: 1

Backpack Cover (waterproof)

Used to cover provided backpack

Qty: 1

Mesh Stuff Sack

For dirty/wet clothes

Qty: 1

Day Pack

20 – 30-liter daypack /school backpack is fine

Qty: 1
Patagonia Chacabuco Pack 26 L

For carrying all of your gear

Sleeping Bag

Synthetic sleeping bag rated 0° – 20° Fahrenheit with a compression stuff sack; MUST be synthetic

Qty: 1

Ground Pad

Insulating ground pad

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

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.

Water Bottles

Minimum 32oz water bottles

Qty: 2
Nalgene 1L wide mouth

Cup with Lid

Sturdy plastic or metal; thermal plastic mug is best

Qty: 1
16oz Nalgene wide mouth

Bowl with Lid

Large enough to hold a meal

Qty: 1
Tupperware or Nalgene

Plastic Spoon

Qty: 1
Light My Fire Spork


With 100% UV protection

Qty: 1

Sunglasses Holders

Qty: 1
Croakies or Chums

Nylon Stuff Sack

Synthetic; sleeping bag size - for food storage during backpacking

Qty: 1

Camp Chair

Qty: 1
Crazy Creek

Required for your trip

Hiking Boots

Heavy weight boots with ankle support - break them in before arrival!

Qty: 1

Camp Shoes

Crocs without holes are strongly recommended

Qty: 1
Crocs Specialist II Clog)


Non-cotton, lightweight hiking socks

Qty: 8 Pair
Smartwool or Darn Tough


Knee length - must have strap to fit under hiking boots; no zippered gaiters, Goretex and Velcro only!

Qty: 1 Pair
Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiters- Men’s

Required Shoes

Long Underwear / Base Layer Top

Synthetic, non-cotton, medium-weight long sleeve top; 1 hooded sunshirt; other can be cotton

Qty: 3
Patagonia Capilene Crew; North Face Wander Sun Hoodie


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

Qty: 6
Patagonia Capilene T-Shirt, Marmot Windridge

Sun Hoodie

Qty: 1-2
Patagonia Capilene® Cool Daily Hoody

Lightweight Top

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

Qty: 1
Patagonia R1 fleece

Fleece Jacket

Heavy-pile fleece pullover or full zip jacket is good

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

Rain Jacket w/ hood

Must be Goretex, 100 % waterproof - not water resistant - NO PONCHOS

Qty: 1
Patagonia Torrentshell or Marmot Precip

Sports Bra

For girls

Qty: 3

Required clothing items

Long Underwear / Base Layer Bottom

Synthetic, non-cotton medium weight long underwear bottoms, one pair can be leggings for girls

Qty: 2
Patagonia Capilene Lightweight/Midweight Bottoms

Rain Pants

Goretex, 100% Waterproof pants large enough to fit over regular pants

Qty: 1

Fleece Pants

One pair heavy fleece pants; Optional if you bring long underwear

Qty: 1
Patagonia Synchilla Fleece Pants or Patagonia R1 Pants

Hiking Pants

One pair synthetic, non-cotton hiking pants

Qty: 1
Patagonia Quandary Pant


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

Qty: 6

Long Pants

1 pair of jeans or khakis, or extra pair of leggings

Qty: 1


Two pair nylon, quick dry shorts

Qty: 2
Patagonia Baggies

Required Clothing Items


One pair of waterproof, medium-weight fleece gloves

Qty: 1

Warm Hat

Wool or fleece, non-cotton beanie (This is very important.)

Qty: 1

Baseball Hat

A baseball hat or wide-brimmed hat for sun protection

Qty: 1


Bring one of each 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

Mosquito Head Net

Qty: 1

Required additional 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

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


Two (2) non-plastic carabiners

Qty: 2


Small, pea less plastic will do

Qty: 1


Personal wallet with $200 spending money and valid identification

Qty: 1

Additional Required Items

Backpacker's Pillow

Small, a luxury in the backcountry

Qty: 1

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

External charger

Portable charger / power bank to charge camera and GoPro

Qty: 1

Notebook with pen

For journaling

Qty: 1

A Good Book

Paperback books are less bulky

Qty: 1

Not required but highly recommended.
*Since we don’t allow cell phones during the course of 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!



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.


Northern Lights 1, June 12-July 2, 2023

  • Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC).
  • Monday, June 12, 2023
  • Between 4PM-9PM
  • Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
  • Friday, June 2, 2023
  • Between 7PM (July 1) - 12AM (July 2)

Northern Lights 2, July 6-July 26, 2023

  • Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
  • Thursday, July 6, 2023
  • Between 4PM-9PM
  • Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
  • Wednesday, July 26, 2023
  • Between 7PM (July 25) - 12AM (July 26)

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.

Ideally, fly direct and depart early to prevent any problems with flight changes and delays.