Packing List for Appalachian Trail & Ducktrap Exploration

Please consider the size and weight of what you pack. Test out both packing and unpacking your bag as well as carrying it. Remember, you will have to help carry group camping gear and food in addition to your personal gear.

You will be spending all your time outdoors on this trip. Although it is summer, the weather can change at any time.  It is important that you bring warm clothes and plan to dress in layers. We recommend that cotton outer clothing such as denim pants and cotton sweatshirts be avoided. Clothing made out of wool or synthetic materials will dry much faster than cotton, which means they are better at keeping you cool when it’s warm and warm when it’s cool.

Please remember to label all clothing and belongings!

Essential Clothing:

  • Comfortable and sturdy footwear for hiking (make sure they are broken in, medium to lightweight hiking boots work best, but a sturdy trail running shoe works well, the key here is a good tread on the sole and supportive structure)
  • 3-4 pairs underwear
  • 4-6 pairs hiking socks (wool or synthetic strongly recommended, may need extra pairs if bringing cotton)
  • 1 set thermal long underwear — top and bottom (synthetic or wool strongly recommended)
  • 2-3 T-shirts
  • 1 long-sleeved lightweight shirt (cotton is ok for this)
  • 1-2 pair lightweight, quick-drying shorts
  • 1 Towel
  • Swimsuit
  • Hat with visor
  • 1 winter hat/beanie (wool or fleece strongly recommended)
  • 1 pair light gloves or mittens (optional, synthetic/wool recommended)
  • 1 wool sweater or fleece jacket
  • Waterproof raincoat (no ponchos)
  • 1 pair of lightweight, quick-drying pants
  • 1 pair lightweight, waterproof rain pants (optional but strongly recommended, quick-dry pants are a decent substitute)
  • 1 pair of footwear to get wet (Teva style sandals or old sneakers) — no flip-flops, must be able to strap on to your foot

If your camper takes any medications, pack enough medication to last the entire camp session.  ALL items should be in their original packaging, bottle or container that identifies the prescribing physician (if a prescription drug), the name of the medication, the dosage and the frequency of administration.


Items with an asterisk (*) are available to borrow from us; please call 207.789.5868 to reserve these items or with any other questions.

  • *3000 cubic inch backpack (must have well-padded waist and shoulder straps)
  • *Closed cell sleeping pad
  • *Compactable sleeping bag rated to 20-30 degrees F
  • 2 leak-proof, one-quart water bottles (wide mouth preferred)
  • Insect repellent
  • Waterproof stuff sack or stuff sack and a trash bag
  • 1 each: cup, bowl, spoon
  • Flashlight/headlamp w/ extra batteries (we have a battery charger!)
  • Toothbrush/paste, comb or hairbrush, soap, shampoo
  • Sunscreen

Other Optional Items:

  • Pen/pencil and journal
  • *Compass
  • Camera
  • Stationery, stamps, envelopes
  • Reading material
  • Playing cards
  • Small folding pocket knife (kept with a counselor)

Please avoid bringing:

  • Anything electrical/electronic (portable gaming devices, cell phones, etc)
  • Money or valuables
  • Food!
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Drugs, alcohol, cigarettes
  • Live animals or pets
  • Vehicles (including bicycles)
  • Sports equipment