Packing List for Appalachian Trail & Ducktrap Exploration

Tanglewood Trip Packing List:

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. In place of cotton, wear wool or synthetic materials.

Please remember to label all clothing and belongings!

Essential Clothing:

  • Medium to light-weight hiking boots (make sure they are broken in!)
  • 3-4 pair underwear
  • 4-6 pair hiking socks (wool or synthetic, not cotton)
  • 1 pair synthetic or wool thermal long underwear – tops & bottoms
  • 2-3 t-shirts
  • 1 long-sleeved light-weight shirt (cotton is ok for this)
  • 1-2 pair light-weight, quick drying shorts
  • 1 Towel
  • Swimsuit
  • Hat with visor
  • 1 wool or fleece stocking cap
  • 1 pair light synthetic/wool gloves or mittens (optional)
  • 1 wool sweater or fleece jacket
  • Waterproof raincoat (no ponchos)
  • 1 pair of synthetic wind-proof pants or light-weight, quick drying pants
  • 1 pair light-weight, waterproof rain pants (optional but highly recommended)
  • 1 pair of footwear to get wet (Teva style sandals or old sneakers) — no flip-flops

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 prescription drug), the name of the medication, the dosage and the frequency of administration.


Items with * 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 bottles (wide mouth preferred)
  • non-toxic insect repellent (prefer non-aerosol, non-DEET)
  • Waterproof stuff sack or stuff sack with trash bag
  • 1 each: cup, bowl, spoon
  • Flashlight/headlamp w/ extra batteries (we have a battery charger!)
  • toothbrush/paste, comb or hair brush
  • biodegradable soap
  • Sunscreen

Other Optional Items:

  • Pen/pencil and journal
  • *Compass
  • Camera & film (digital is okay)
  • stationery, stamps, envelopes
  • reading material
  • playing cards
  • small folding pocket knife (kept with counselor)
  • Fly-fishing gear (Ducktrap only)

Please avoid bringing:

  • anything electrical/electronic (MP3 players, cell phones, etc)
  • money or valuables
  • food!
  • weapons of any kind
  • drugs, alcohol, cigarettes
  • live animals or pets
  • vehicles (including bicycles)
  • sports equipment