Packing Tips

Adventure Treks provides all of the necessary outdoor equipment for our trips, including a backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent, cooking gear, and all activity-specific technical gear.

As students will not be flying to Adventure Treks, you won’t need to worry about checked or carry-on luggage. However, we still recommend organizing your daypack and duffel as described below.

What goes in which bag

Inside your daypack (a school book bag is perfect) that you will carry on the plane:

    1. ID/passport (if needed). For U.S. citizens traveling domestically, students under 18 are not required to show an ID to get through security and board their flight. For non-U.S. citizens, please check to see if any visa documents are required.
    2. Put your cell phone and charger, medications, wallet, and passport/ID in a Ziploc bag with your name on it. You will give this to your instructors at the airport.
    3. Pack your essentials in case your bags are delayed. This includes a toothbrush, fleece, rain jacket, rain pants, empty water bottle, and a change of clothes. While we rarely have a problem with delayed bags, it is always best to be prepared.

Inside your duffel bag (a soft-sided duffel without wheels, 70–90 liters in size) that you will check:

    1. Everything else on your trip’s packing list goes into the duffel. Some airlines charge extra for one or more checked bags—please be ready.
    2. Check with your airline for size and weight limits on checked bags; it is very possible to fit everything you need off of the packing list in a duffel that weighs under 50 pounds.

After you have been officially enrolled on a trip, you’ll be able to check out the trip-specific packing list in your account to find out exactly what you need to bring. Packing lists are also available on each trip page.

How to organize your duffel

We encourage students to take part in the packing process. All too often, parents do the packing for their teens, which results in teenagers having no idea where any of their items are inside their luggage.

You’ll see nylon stuff sacks or Ziploc bags on each trip’s packing list. We highly recommend using these to organize all toiletries and soft items like clothing. While stuff sacks are reusable, see-through Ziploc bags are easier to quickly sort through. There are many ways to organize, but try these groupings in each Ziploc/stuff sack:

  • Synthetic and cotton socks
  • Underwear (and bras)
  • Synthetic shirts
  • Cotton shirts
  • Pants
  • Toiletries
  • Rain gear

It’s not a bad idea to throw in an extra two-gallon Ziploc or plastic grocery bag so that your child can store any extremely dirty items, like hiking boots, to protect the rest of their items.