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Packing for Sequoia Adventure

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


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



  • Hiking boots or sturdy sneakers: Remember, poor fitting boots cause blisters. Heavy leather boots need to be broken in before the trip.
  • Sneakers or sandals (optional): to wear around camp.


  • 2-3 pairs of socks.


Upper Body Garments

  • At least one of the long-sleeved layers needs to be synthetic (i.e., polypropylene or comparable proprietary brand, fleece, etc.) or wool.

Inner layer

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

Outer layer

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

Lower Body Garments

  • 1 pair of shorts: nylon is best
  • 1 pair of pants: nylon is best, but lightweight cotton is acceptable. Long underwear bottoms are also an acceptable alternative.
  • 2 pairs of underwear
  • Swimsuit


  • Brimmed hat: for sun protection; a baseball cap is fine
  • Hat for warmth: for cooler evenings

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.

Personal Items

  • Sunglasses
  • Chapstick
  • Sunscreen: with at least a 15 SPF rating (higher recommended)
  • Water bottles: at least 2 quarts total
  • Headlamp/flashlight: the smaller, the better
  • Toiletries**: toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, etc. Keep it to a minimum.
  • Small towel
  • 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: lightweight paperback
  • Cards
  • Journal (light and compact)
  • Sandals (for camp and for wading, heel strap recommended)
  • Gloves (lightweight, very nice if you get cold easily)
  • Camera (bring a couple Ziplocs to protect it if it's not waterproof)
  • Insect repellent
  • 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)
  • An old candy bar in a jacket pocket that Mr. Bear would love to eat
  • Only cotton clothes
  • Other miscellaneous deadweight, e.g. your high school yearbook, etc.
  • Non-essential toiletries (sorry, but this does include shampoo)

Packing Tips

It will be COLD at night! Please keep this in mind. Keep the pack and gear separate from the rest of your luggage so it's not necessary to sort through all your stuff the night before your trip's departure. Slide-lock Ziploc bags are a great packing aid and will help keep essential items dry and clean. For maximum storage efficiency and protection, you might also try compression bags like those available at Compartmentalize where possible (e.g., camera in a Ziploc bag).

Pack light, everything you bring, plus group gear, will have to fit in a limited cabin area!

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.

Feel free to call us at 909.607.2531 or e-mail us at if you have questions!