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

Packing (Photo: Tiffany)
Packing (Photo: Tiffany)

Vermont mountain weather in summer:
Be prepared for heat during the day, and chilly nights. It may rain.


  • Cotton Kills, Wool Works! (Wet cotton has almost no insulating value, as well as 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

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
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