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A Firefly sits on a pile of gear in the cargo area of a moving truck.
Packing (Photo: Tiffany)

For the uninitiated, here is a sample gear list that you should consider bringing:

Vermont mountain weather in summer: be prepared for hot days and chilly nights. It may rain, so be prepared for mud.


  • Cotton Kills, Wool Works! (Wet cotton has almost no insulating value, and stays wet for a long time – synthetic/wool fabrics are preferable.)
  • Several light layers of clothes are preferable to one bulky layer
  • Rain/wind jacket and pants
  • Long sleeved shirt and pants – for warmth at night and bug protection
  • Sweater/fleece jacket
  • Hat
  • Light gloves
  • Lots of socks
  • Boots, sneakers, galoshes, rain boots – bring several choices of footwear – one may get wet and going barefoot/sandal-shod in the woods is not recommended – the trails can be boggy and dangerous to naked feet
  • Several changes of clothes (in case of rain, and for fun)
  • Creative costumes & Firefly evening-wear

Gear and other Necessary Items

  • Food
  • Water
  • Cooking gear (stove, fuel, pots & pans)
  • Cup, utensils, covered plate/bowl
  • Water bottle(s)
  • Tent
  • Warm sleeping bag
  • Ground pad
  • Tarp to create some personal shaded/covered space and/or to put under your tent
  • Bug repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Flashlight/headlamp (and batteries)
  • Work gloves
  • Utility Knife
  • Towel (especially nice after the steam bath)
  • Trash bags for your trash & recyclables
  • First Aid Kit (see below)

Nice to have:

  • Camp chair(s)
  • Cooler with ice, if you like to keep things cold
  • Compass, GPS, smartphone, whistle, megaphone, or ball of yarn if you get lost
  • Picnic blankets and tarp for underneath picnic blanket
  • Art supplies for collaborative art installations


Basic Care

  • Adhesive bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Antiseptic wipes (BZK-based wipes preferred; alcohol-based OK)
  • Antibacterial ointment (e.g., bacitracin)
  • Blister treatment
  • Butterfly bandages / adhesive wound-closure strips
  • Gauze pads (various sizes)
  • Insect sting/anti-itch treatment
  • Medical adhesive tape (min. 1″ width)
  • Nonstick sterile pads
  • Splinter (fine-point) tweezers
  • Tick spoon
  • Ace bandage wraps
  • Medical/surgical gloves (nitrile preferred to avoid latex)
  • Hand sanitizer


  • Antihistamine
  • Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
  • Sunburn relief gel or spray
  • Throat lozenges
  • Lubricating eye drops
  • Diarrhea medication
  • Antacid tablets
  • Oral rehydration salts
  • Glucose or other sugar (to treat hypoglycemia)
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