Packing List

Hey 18’s!

My name’s Alex Greer ’16 and I’m the outdoor logistics coordinator for trips this year. Now that you know your trips, it’s time to start thinking about getting ready for this amazing experience! Below you’ll find a packing list with visuals of most of the items to help you with the packing process. If you have any questions please let us know. I can’t wait to see you all in the fall! We’ll happily help you out as best as we can. We know it’s not every day you have to pack for the outdoors, so feel free to call or email us: 603.646.3996,
DOC.Trips@dartmouth.edu. 

 I can’t wait to see you all in the fall!Packing List

We can lend you a hiking backpack (frame pack), a sleeping bag, and a foam sleeping pad if you need to borrow these items. However, we have a limited supply, and so we encourage you to first ask friends & family members to see if you can borrow these items. Please refer to our website for more information about borrowing equipment from DOC First-Year Trips.

*NOTE: this is a baselist for all trips. Check your own trip type to see a complete packing list for your trip (http://www.dartmouth.edu/~doc/firstyeartrips/trips/types/)

** The COTTON issue: You should avoid bringing cotton clothing as your warm clothing in the woods. Think about throwing your favorite cotton sweatshirt in cold water and then putting it on to keep warm — it’s heavy and doesn’t insulate. Late summer is likely to be wet at least some of the time, and therefore you should provide for your own comfort and warmth by bringing a long-sleeved top and bottom layer that is not cotton. Any kind of synthetic material will work, as will wool. Don’t be afraid to wear an old wool shirt or thermal underwear! Better to be wet and warm than wet and cold!

Required for all trips:
• Sleeping bag (synthetic or down, not cotton or flannel lined—pack it in a stuffsack lined with a plastic bag)
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• Foam sleeping pad or thermarest
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• Wool sweater or fleece pullover
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• Raincoat or poncho
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• One pair long pants (wool or synthetic to insulate when wet—NOT blue jeans or cotton sweatpants)
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• 2 pairs heavy socks (preferably wool)
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• Hat with a visor
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• 2 shirts (non-cotton)
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• 2 underwear

• 2 pairs hiking, biking, or gym shorts
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• Warm long-sleeved shirt (wool or synthetic material to insulate when wet)
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• Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries
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• Wool or fleece hat
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• Gloves or mittens
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• Bathing suit

• Small towel

• Plastic bowl, cup, and utensils

• 2 plastic water bottles (at least one liter each, not a small disposable water bottle)
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• Sunscreen and insect repellant

• 2 large plastic bags (i.e. trash bags; one to cover your pack in the rain)

• Several smaller Ziploc-style bags

• Toiletries: toothbrush, small toothpaste (you don’t need more than this! No razors, makeup, hairdryers, etc.)

Frame Packs:
Trips that require frame packs:
• Hiking (1,2,3,4)

• Climbing

• Mountain Biking

• Nature Writing & Art

• Ropes Course

• Trailwork

• Community Service
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Your frame pack can be internal or external but it must FIT YOU! The belt should fit snugly around your waist and the frame of the backpack should be similar to your torso size. If you have questions, any outdoor retailer would be happy to help!

Alex Greer ’16

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