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 that June and July are still pretty chilly in California – especially on Mt. Shasta! Warm layers are very important, as evening temperatures can dip down in the low 40’s.
100 – 155 liters
Internal frame; 65 - 80 liters
Covers your backpack – 2 heavy duty trash bags work well!
20 – 30 liter daypack /school backpack is fine
For carrying all of your gear
Synthetic sleeping bag rated 15° – 25° F 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
Light My Fire Spork
Full Coverage, With 100% UV protection
With fresh batteries + 2 sets of spare batteries
Additional Required Items
Heavy or medium weight boots - break them in before arrival!
These can be open-toed, but do need to have a back strap - no flip flops!
One pair of old tennis shoes
5 non-cotton midweight hiking socks, other pair of lightweight socks for rock climbing
High / mid-calf length - must have strap to fit under hiking boots; no zippered gaiters, Velcro only!
Synthetic, non-cotton, medium-weight long sleeve top, 1 hooded sunshirt
Minimum of 2 synthetic, non-cotton t-shirts, other shirts may be cotton
Synthetic, non-cotton. This can be a fleece pullover, sweater, or a full-zip jacket
Heavy-pile fleece pullover or full zip jacket is good
Must be 100 % waterproof - not water resistant (do not pack a Frogg Togg)
Poly-fill or medium weight down insulating jacket - mandatory for Shasta climb
Required Clothing Items
Synthetic, non-cotton medium weight long underwear bottoms, one pair can be leggings for girls
100% Waterproof pants large enough to fit over regular pants
Synthetic, non-cotton fleece pants or heavyweight long underwear bottoms
One pair synthetic, non-cotton hiking pants
Two pair nylon, quick dry shorts
Boys: your quick-dry shorts can double as your bathing suit
Synthetic, non-cotton are best (but a couple cotton pairs are okay)
Required Clothing Items
One pair of medium-weight wool or fleece gloves (Necessary for Mt. Shasta!)
Waterproof cover for gloves - very important!
Wool or fleece, non-cotton beanie
A baseball hat or wide-brimmed hat for sun protection
Additional Required Items
Absorbent & quick to dry, large or extra-large is ideal
Approximately 6' x 9'
Either mesh or other breathable fabric
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! (Bring one bandana + 1 buff)
Small, pea less plastic will do
Personal wallet with $200 spending money and valid identification
*Please keep all toiletries in your checked luggage, with the exception of your toothbrush and any personal/prescription medication
With charger, extra battery, and 32-64 GB memory card
With charger, extra battery, and 32-64 GB memory card (Used GoPros available for sale on Moondance Gear Store)
Portable charger / power bank to charge camera and GoPro
A luxury to have in the backcountry or while traveling
One non-plastic carabiner
(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.
Paperback books are less bulky
*Since we don’t allow cell phones during the course of our trips, you may not use your phones 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.
All students will meet their leaders at the Delta baggage claim.
Ideally, fly direct and depart early to prevent any problems with flight changes and delays.