Equipment – personal items to bring

You are responsible for bringing the items listed below for the six-day camping trip.  You may be able rent items from Sawbill Outfitters instead of purchasing them (contact Sawbill ahead of time to reserve your items).  You will also need to bring clothes for the other two travel days.  We will rent canoes, PFDs, paddles, and packs from the outfitter.  NWU will furnish tents, tarps, water filters, first aid kits, stoves, cookware, food, food packs and transportation (two 12-passenger vans and one trailer).

Cotton is not a desirable clothing material when in and around water.  Quick drying nylon clothing is much preferred.  Plan your camping wardrobe to layer clothing articles rather than bringing heavy or bulky articles.  The temperatures in August range from upper 40s to high 80s.  Mosquitoes can be a problem this time of year and it will likely rain, as August is one of the wettest months of the year.

___ Sleeping bag with stuff sack (warm to 32°F). This MUST pack small as space is a premium
___ Sleeping pad (the Thermarest pad is one of the best)
___ Two cotton T-shirts
___ One long sleeved shirt
___ Three pairs of socks (hiking socks such as SmartWool – not cotton)
___ Two pairs long pants such as nylon convertible pants (no bluejeans or sweatpants)
___ Several changes of underwear (quick dry, athletic slider shorts)
___ One medium-weight wool or fleece sweater or jacket
___ One pair lightweight two-piece long johns (polypropylene, wool, or polyester)
___ One pair comfortable running shoes or sandals for camp use
___ One pair sturdy boots or shoes for portaging (broken in) – these will remain wet and muddy
___ Two-piece rain suit (ponchos are not effective)
___ Safety whistle (Fox 40 is a great one)
___ Brimmed hat for sun
___ Stocking cap for chilly days/ nights
___ Light pair of gloves for cold days/nights (optional)
___ Swim suit and or light nylon shorts
___ Toiletries: toothbrush, comb/brush, small towel, toilet paper in ziplock, etc.
___ Sunscreen, lip-balm
___ Headlamp
___ Insect repellent (Deet is very good)
___ 1L quality water bottle
___ Eating utensils (bowl, fork, spoon, and small cup for morning beverages)
___ Extra glasses if needed
___ Sunglasses with security strap
___ Pocket knife or “Leatherman” (optional)
___ Carabiner or two (optional but always nice)
___ Camera in waterproof bag (extra battery or data card is suggested)
___ Compact binoculars (optional)
___ Optional: fishing is possible, but this is not a fishing trip so keep fishing gear compact (Minnesota fishing license is required: see MN DNR website)
___ Money for food on travel days – (6 to 7 meals: Aug 10, Aug 17-18)
___ Money for swag at Sawbill Outfitters (they have a great little store; and take credit/debit cards)
___ Pencils/pens to write in journal, which is provided

Girl questions – you can visit with Dr Sandra Mathews (one of the trip leaders) for the best answers to any question you might have about camping in the wilderness.  Email her at smathews(at)nebrwesleyan(dot)edu or telephone her in her office at 402-465-2445.