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Packing for Lake

This is a packing list for the Lake Orientation Adventure trip.


  • Printed and signed copies of all required waivers and liability forms.



  • Lightweight hiking boots or sturdy sneakers
  • Sandals: Nice for walking on the beach, for in camp, and for kayaking/canoeing/sailing.


  • 2-3 pairs of socks.


Upper Body Garments

Inner layer

  • 1 long underwear shirt or long sleeve shirt
  • 1-2 short sleeve shirt or tank top
  • Swimsuit

Outer layer

  • 1 insulating layer (fleece, wool sweater, warm sweatshirt)
  • 1 waterproof or windproof jacket

Lower Body Garments

  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 1 pair of pants: nylon or lightweight cotton. Long underwear bottoms are also acceptable.
  • 2 pairs of underwear


  • Brimmed hat: for sun protection; a baseball cap is fine

Backpacks and Storage Bags

  • 1 daypack: for carrying water and lunch during the day. Can also be a large hipbag or bookbag.
  • 1 duffle or other soft luggage: should be able to hold all your gear, it is fine if your sleeping bag and sleeping pad can't fit inside.

Sleeping Gear

  • Sleeping bag*
  • Sleeping pad*

Personal Items

  • Sunglasses
  • Chapstick
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen: with at least a 15 SPF rating (higher recommended)
  • Water bottles: at least 1 liter total
  • Toiletries: toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, etc. Keep it to a minimum.
  • 1 plastic or metal bowl (REQUIRED)
  • 1 mug (REQUIRED)
  • 1 fork and/or spoon (REQUIRED)
  • Any medications you will require during your trip

Optional Gear

  • Reading material
  • Cards
  • Journal (light and compact)
  • Headlamp/flashlight
  • Frisbee, football, etc.
  • Camera
  • Pillowcase or small camping pillow

Do Not Bring

  • Alcohol or illegal drugs
  • A different outfit for each day
  • Personal electronic devices other than a cellular phone (cell phones for emergencies only—they must be switched off during trip)
  • Only cotton clothes (a synthetic under layer is recommended in case of rain or other unexpected circumstances)
  • Other miscellaneous deadweight, e.g. your high school yearbook, etc.
  • Non-essential toiletries

Packing Tips

Although you will be in California, it will be COLD at night. Please plan accordingly. Keep your trip gear separate from the rest of your luggage so that you won’t have to sort through all your stuff the night before you depart. Compartmentalize where possible (e.g., camera + film in a ziplock bag).

Pack light, space will be tight on the van or bus!

OA leaders will conduct a gear check before your trip departs—you must have all essential items in your possession in order to depart with your group (excepting some items that can be shared, such as sunscreen).

*Packs, sleeping bags, and pads are available free of charge upon request.

Please contact us if you need to request gear or if you have any questions (phone: 909. 607.2531 email: