CLOTHING & GEAR LIST

"WHAT DO I BRING?"

Summer in Maine is often warm and sunny, but cold fronts are common and these bring wind and rain. Out on the water, the air stays cool and moist so warm, quick drying clothing is essential. The sun can be intense making sun protection (sun screen & clothing) very important. Temperatures at night can drop to the 40s and even lower in May and September. Daytime temperatures range from the 50s to the 80s.

REQUIRED CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT

Bringing the required clothing on your course is crucial to being prepared for ALL the weather conditions you may encounter. On expedition, you carry a lot less than when you travel in the regular world. The clothing on this list is designed to keep you warm if it is cold or wet and be flexible enough to allow you to pack away items if it is hot. Please bring everything on the list.

Sizing & Layering

Packing several light layers rather than fewer heavier layers allows you more flexibility as the weather and workloads change. Inner layers should fit closely, middle layers should fit loosely and outer layers should be just a little bit baggy. When shopping or packing, it is a good idea to try on your layers together.

Packing

Before your expedition, your instructors will check your gear; they will assess your clothing with the actual route and the anticipated weather in mind. Items you don’t take on expedition will be stored safely at base. We suggest leaving the tags on any items you purchase in case you don’t actually pack them for expedition, but please note that you should check with each store to see what their return policies are.  If there are items that you would like to bring but which are not mentioned on this list, feel free to call and ask your course advisor at 855-802-0307.

Outward Bound Provides

Please note that Outward Bound provides all other equipment including (but not limited to) sleeping bags & pads, backpacks or duffel bags, dry bags, and lifejacket (Personal Flotation Device). There are no additional fees for the use of our equipment.

Tick- and Mosquito-Borne (Arboviral) Diseases

Tick- and mosquito-borne diseases are an increasing risk of traveling in the wild regions of the Americas, including our course areas in Maine, New Hampshire, Florida, the Bahamas, Brazil and Costa Rica. Fortunately, there are prevention steps that are very effective and, in most cases, treatment is relatively simple and recovery complete, so long as the diagnosis is made early. Students and their families should educate themselves on the risks, prevention measures, and signs and symptoms of tick-borne illnesses. 

Since prevention is always better than treatment, we STRONGLY recommend pre-treating your footwear, long pants, long-sleeve shirts, jackets and hats with a chemical barrier containing permethrin, at least two days before traveling to your course. Applied correctly and allowed to dry before wearing, the treatment remains effective for up to a month. For even longer-lasting protection, you can either purchase clothing with permethrin embedded within it, or send your clothes to Insect Shield®, who will treat them and ship them back to you, ready for your course. Use the Coupon Code “HIOBS” to receive a 15% discount on both clothing and treatment services at this website (please note that you need to use the coupon separately for products/ service).

Permethrin spray is readily available at many retailers, including: Dick's Sporting Goods, Campmor, and Walgreen's. For more information, please download our Vector-Borne Disease General Fact Sheet.

PLEASE BRING ALL ITEMS IN THIS SECTION

You are welcome to bring extras of the items marked with a plus (+) sign There are multiple brand name options available at varying prices. The clothing and equipment on this list is widely available in many places. Specialty outdoor stores like L.L.Bean, REI, Campmor and Eastern Mountain Sports will have a range of appropriate items to choose from. Discount retailers, like  Sierra Trading Post and the REI Garage often have good prices on name brand gear and clothing. You may also locate many first- quality clothing and equipment items at military surplus stores and area consignment stores and thrift stores, such as Goodwill and The Salvation Army. Please contact your course advisor for suggestions.

Tops

1

LONG UNDERWEAR TOPS

Materials may be Capilene®, polypropylene or other synthetics; silk is less effective—NO COTTON. Light or medium weight.

2

SPORTS BRAS

Quick-drying synthetic bras.

2

SYNTHETIC T-SHIRTS

Can be 50/50 blend of cotton/polyester but all synthetics dry faster. One could be a tank top.

1

COTTON T-SHIRTS

Nice for dry weather or for sleeping in.

1

WARM FLEECE JACKET OR WOOL SWEATER

Thick: 300-weight Polartec® or the equivalent in wool or pile. A full front zipper helps you vent and makes layering easier.

1

FLEECE OR WOOL SHIRT OR VEST

Can be 100- or 200-weight Polartec or equivalent in wool or pile.

1

LONG-SLEEVED, LIGHTWEIGHT SHIRT

Old loose fitting dress shirts are great for sun protection. Thrift stores generally have the best and brightest selection!  Can be cotton.

1

HOODED RAIN JACKET

Can be Gore-Tex or coated nylon. Make sure that the seams are taped or welded so they can’t leak.

Bottoms

BOTTOMS

3-4

UNDERPANTS

Synthetic fabrics work best but cotton is okay.

1

LONG UNDERWEAR BOTTOMS

Materials may be Capilene®, polypropylene or other synthetics; silk is less effective—NO COTTON. Light or medium weight.

1

QUICK-DRY PANTS

Loose-fitting, lightweight nylon fabric dries quickly.

1

SHORTS

Loose-fitting, quick-drying athletic shorts.

1

SWIM WEAR

Women: bring a one-piece quick-drying suit, or you can swim in sports bra and shorts instead. Men: bring lightweight swim trunks or shorts (liner brief suggested).

1

RAIN PANTS

Can be Gore-Tex or coated nylon. Make sure that the seams are taped or welded so they can’t leak.

Head, hands, feet items

HEAD, HANDS and FEET

1

SUN HAT

For sun protection, either a broad-brimmed hat with chin strap or a baseball cap. 

1

WINTER HAT

Make sure it covers your ears when you pull it down. Wool or synthetic only.

2-3

SOCKS

Thick: wool or synthetic only. NO COTTON.

1

RUNNING SOCKS

Synthetic sock

1

RUNNING SNEAKERS

Full-coverage, below-the-ankle, athletic footwear

1

CROCS (or similar) or WATER/RIVER SANDALS

Closed-cell resin clogs with partial foot coverage, drainage and ventilation holes, and a heel strap, or:

WATER SANDALS: Appropriate design for OB courses with heel straps, and toe caps or bumpers

Personal items

PERSONAL ITEMS

1

INSURANCE CARD

If you have health insurance, please bring your card, or a clear photocopy of both sides of it.

1

$25-75 CASH, OR A CREDIT/DEBIT CARD

To buy snacks during travel or to pay for lost or damaged gear. Items from the school store will be for  sale at the end of your course.

1

HEADLAMP AND BATTERIES

Minimum three volts (two or more AA- or AAA-batteries). Bring one set of alkaline batteries per week of course.  Many headlamp varieties offer a red-light mode for preserving night vision, which is a useful option. 

2

WATER BOTTLES (WIDE-MOUTH)

32 oz. water bottle. Wide-mouth makes filling easier.

1

PACK TOWEL

A synthetic, wringable towel, also called a chamois, a sports towel or a swimmer’s towel. No cotton.

1

WATCH

Make sure it’s waterproof and inexpensive. Stopwatch and alarm are useful functions.

1

SUNGLASSES

Bring a strap to hold them on and a hard-sided case to protect them when you’re not wearing them.

2

EYEGLASS SYSTEM (if needed)

Bring a hard case and a keeper strap for your glasses. Bring two pairs, or a pair of contacts and your glasses.

1

JOURNAL / NOTEBOOK

Personal journal or notebook, put in a Ziploc with pen. You may want to take notes during your course. (5" x  8  1/2" or smaller.)

1 ea

BOWL AND SPOON

Bowl can be wood or tough plastic. Spoon can be metal or plastic.

1+

BANDANNAS

Useful for shading your neck from the sun, cleaning sunglasses, as pot holders, and more.

2-3

PLASTIC BAGS

Gallon-sized Ziploc®-type with a closure for keeping things dry or separating wet items

1

TOILET KIT (BASIC)

Toothbrush, small trial-size toothpaste, comb, brush, and dental floss. Don’t bring soap, deodorant, lotion, makeup or razor.

 

DISPOSABLE MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS

An ample supply. Changes in diet and activity can produce changes in cycles.

2

SUNSCREEN

8-oz, minimum SPF 30. Do not bring aerosol sprays.

2

LIP BALM

Minimum SPF 30

2

INSECT REPELLENT

Bring a small unbreakable container, 10-50% DEET. Do not bring aerosol sprays.

2 sets

PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS (if needed)

MUST be in original bottles or vials. The extra set is just in case the medication gets lost or damaged.

1 set

TRAVEL CLOTHES & COURSE END TOILETRIES

Clean clothes for the trip home, towel, soap and shampoo for the course end shower.

Additional items (for cooler month programs)

ADDITIONAL ITEMS: Backpack/Canoe (May, June or September)

1  

FLEECE VEST OR LONG-SLEEVED SHIRT

Mid-weight: can be Polartec® fleece, wool, or the equivalent weight shirt or 100- or 200-weight Polartec® vest.

1

MEDIUM WEIGHT PANTS

Mid-weight: 100- or 200-weight Polartec® or the equivalent

1

MITTENS OR GLOVES

Can be wool or fleece.

1

BALACLAVA

A hood-shaped hat that covers your head and neck. You could also bring a neck gaiter and a second hat.

Optional items

OPTIONAL ITEMS (These are NOT Required. Please only buy them if you plan to use them after your course!)

1

BUG SHIRT

This can be a wind jacket with a hood that cinches, or you can bring a mesh one. The most durable models can be found at  www.bugshirt.com or www.woodscanada.com.

1

SLEEPING PAD

Outward Bound will issue you a closed-cell foam pad for sleeping.  If you prefer to bring you own, such as an inflatable type like “Therm-a-Rest” models, make sure that it is no wider than 20 inches.

1

CAMERA

Your cell phone CANNOT be used as a camera.  You will be required to leave your phone at base. Due to the risk of damage from weather and the expedition, we suggest you not bring a camera unless it is waterproof and durable, or disposable and inexpensive. GoPro cameras are allowed. You will only be able to film or take photos with the instructors’ and other students’ permission.

2-3

STUFF SACKS

Made of lightweight nylon in many colors, these help to keep your clothes and gear organized.

1

FOOT POWDER

Corn starch, baby powder or Gold Bond all work. Maximum size:4oz.

1

WATER SHOES OR 2nd PAIR OF SNEAKERS

SNEAKERS: Full-coverage, below-the-ankle, athletic footwear (Can be an old pair)
WATER SHOES: Quick-draining, full coverage, above- or below-the-ankle footwear, and include wetsuit booties with rugged soles

1

HYDRATION SYSTEM

Camelback® or Platypus®-type water bladders instead of or in addition to one of the required water bottles. You must be able to carry a total of two liters of water.