This should be considered a basic list. If you bring all of these you'll do just fine. If you do forget something important, there will be some opportunities to pick things up on the road.

We provide tents, stoves, lanterns, and all group cooking equipment (pots and pans, mixing bowls, large utensils, etc.) and FOOD for all the camping days and nights.

Keep in mind when you are packing:

1) We'll be pressed for space, so bring as little as possible. Ideally you could bring: one duffel bag, one sleeping bag, one daypack per person. We will plan to do laundry once, about halfway through the course.

2) It'll probably be hot, but we're hitting sort of the spring-summer transition so bring both warm and cool clothing, but also clothing that will protect your skin from UV. We'll be at 8000+ elevations sometimes, and we'll be out in the field most of the day. Daytime temperatures usually range from 60-105 F. Nighttime temperatures usually range from 40-65 F.

3) You need to drink at least 4 quarts of water per day to prevent dehydration - we will remind you during the day, but the more you drink the more comfortable you'll be.

4) Bugs are attracted to perfume, so leave things that make you smell good at home (heavily scented shampoos also attract the bugs).


sleeping bag

sheet for hot nights

sleeping pad

flashlight or head lamp (a small one is fine - we have lanterns for reading)

unbreakable plate, bowl, cup; also mug for carrying hot stuff in the car

personal eating utensils - fork, spoon, knife

big duffel bag for carrying all your stuff (avoid frame packs, and don't tie things on the outside of the bag)

daypack, big enough to carry your field stuff (rain gear, field notebooks, water bottles, lunch, maybe a few rocks)


pocket knife

water bottles - at least 3 quarts, that don't leak, to carry in the field

watch, with alarm


personal hand lens (we supply these)

personal Brunton compass (we supply these)

pencils and pens (with permanent ink)


roll of toilet paper in zip lock bag, for the field



sunscreen (maximum SPF for yoopers)

bug goop

towel and washcloth

personal kit: toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, comb, razor, etc.

medicines: aspirin or Tylenol, antihistamine and lotion for bug bites, band-aids and moleskin for blisters (we have large first-aid kits in the vans also)

NOTE: please let us know if you have any medical conditions, food or drug allergies!

CLOTHING (generally light-colored is best)

hat (for sun)

hat (for cold)

gloves or liners for cool weather


lightweight long pants (for sun, bugs and cool weather)


swim suit


long-sleeved shirt (for sun, bugs and cool weather)

warm sweater or poly-pro layer

jacket (for cold weather)

rain gear (jacket and pants - we often get afternoon thunderstorms)

light-weight long underwear (hopefully won't have to use)

boots - best to have tough outer layer which goes up over ankles (for rocks, brush, and the unlikely event of a rattlesnake)

tennis shoes - for camp or van

sandals - some people like them for swimming, cooling your toes


games for car and camp

CD's for vans

star charts

camera + film

postcard stamps

small binoculars

money: enough to buy yourself food and snacks during the drives to and from Utah, and for the random stops for ice cream; showers cost ~$5-$10 each; there will be opportunities to buy souvenirs, etc. at the Park sites and in towns like Moab.