WILD Equipment List 2022

WILD Equipment List  

All students participating in WILD Basecamp or WILD Backpacking are expected to bring appropriate clothing and gear in order to enjoy these outdoor experiences safely and comfortably.  

It is best to be prepared for cool and wet conditions, no matter what the weather forecast, and we suggest dressing in layers so that you can regulate your temperature based on your activity level and changes in the weather. We strongly recommend synthetics (fleece, polypro, nylon and other non-cottons) because these materials retain their insulating qualities when damp, unlike natural fabrics like cotton.  

The items on this packing list will be used during your WILD excursion on September 16-18, 2022.  

Items marked with an asterisk (*) are available to rent for a small fee on the Explore More registration site (dickinson.universitytickets.com). Gear rentals are available in limited quantities.  

Upper & Lower Body  

  • Long underwear top (polypropylene, not cotton)  

  • 1-2 insulating layers – fleece, wool sweater, down jacket, etc.  

  • Rain jacket (must be waterproof and fit over other layers)  

  • 2 T-shirts (synthetic is recommended over cotton)  

  • Long/hiking pants 

  • 1-2 pairs of quick dry synthetic shorts (athletic shorts are great)  

  • 2-3 pairs of underwear  

Head and Hands  

  • Warm hat (wool or fleece)  

  • Sunglasses  


  • 3-4 pairs wool socks   

  • Sturdy sneakers or hiking boots (must be broken in!) NO OPEN TOED SHOES! 

  • Lightweight shoes for around camp (old sneakers, crocs, etc. – no flip flops)  

Personal Gear  

  • 2 1-quart water bottles (1L soda bottles work well)  

  • Mess kits (plate, bowl, cup, fork, knife, spoon – no glass) 

  • Headlamp*  

  • Sleeping bag (compressible, synthetic fill, rated to at least 30 degrees with stuff sack)*  

  • Sleeping pad*  

  • Small quick dry towel (Pack Towl, swimmer shammy)  

  • Backpacking backpack (about 70 liters, be sure it fits you)*  

  • Bandana  

Personal Maintenance Kit  

  • Chapstick, small sunscreen (waterproof, SPF30 recommended)  

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste  

  • Other toiletries such as tampons/pads, contacts, contact solution, glasses, etc. 

  • Medication (adequate supply, let leaders know if you have emergency meds such as an epi-pen or inhaler)  


  • Small stuff sack (10-15 liters) to help with organizing backpack  

  • Camera (cellphones will not be permitted, but all leaders will have cameras and will be able to share pictures)  

  • Hat with a visor (for sun)  

  • Small notepad and pencil/pen 

  • Drybag*