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.

Your daypack (carry-on)

This is something you’ll use most days. We recommend using your school bookbag as your daypack; for all trips except the Leadership Adventure Semester, there’s no need to purchase an expensive, technical daypack from an outdoor store. If you’re flying, this will be your carry-on luggage on opening and closing days. For opening day, please pack the following items in your daypack:

  • An ID, if you choose to carry one. (U.S. citizens under 18 traveling domestically are not required to show an ID to get through security and board their flight.)
  • At least one cloth face covering (thick enough that you can’t see through it).
  • Essential items in the event your checked luggage is delayed: rain jacket, fleece, change of clothes,
    toothbrush, prescription medications, contacts and glasses, sunglasses, warm hat and baseball cap, and any other personal essentials.
  • Water bottle and headlamp.
  • Cell phone, charger, other electronics, and wallet/money; please pack these in a Ziploc bag labeled with your name.
    • Please pack a debit/credit card or about $150 in cash for unexpected baggage or airline fees or food on the way home (we do send students to the airport with a bag of snacks).

Duffel bag (checked)

You’ll pack everything in a soft-sided duffel bag. Think of the duffel as your “closet” while on the trip; you’ll
store everything in here that you’re not using that day or the next few days. The duffel will be stored in the
U-Haul trailer that we tow behind our vans. A few things to note:

  • Your duffel should not have wheels; they are a loading hazard.
  • A bag measuring 80–100 liters should be enough space to pack everything you need.

After you have been officially enrolled on a trip, you’ll be able to check the trip-specific packing list in your CampInTouch 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.