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 (sunscreen & 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, lifejacket (Personal Flotation Device),  and foul weather gear. 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. Where a range of quantities is indicated, e.g., “1-2” bring the smaller quantity if you are on a one-week course, and the larger quantity if your course is 10 days or longer. 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. The HIOBS website has some great items, which you will find hyperlinked within the packing lists. A complete collection of HIOBS-recommended-for-course items can be found HERE. Please contact your course advisor for suggestions.

 

COVID Requirements:

You will need to bring two COVID-19 at-home test kits (four tests total) to the course. Abbott BinaxNow (2 boxes; 4 tests) is the required test brand. However, if for some reason you cannot obtain it, Quick Vue At-Home (2 boxes; 4 tests) can be used. You will take a test on days 1, 3, and 5 of course. The fourth test is a backup. 

Tops

TOPS

2

LONG UNDERWEAR TOPS

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

2 (for  9 days)
2-3 (for 15+ days)

SPORTS BRAS (as needed)

Quick-drying synthetic bras.

1-2

SYNTHETIC T-SHIRTS

Can be 50/50 blend of cotton/polyester but all synthetics dry faster. One could be a tank top. Check out the HIOBS Store for some great options!

1-2

COTTON T-SHIRTS

Nice for dry weather or for sleeping in. Check out the HIOBS Store for some great options!

1

WIND JACKET

Lightweight, breathable, unlined nylon jacket

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. Check out the HIOBS Store for some great options!

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. Check out the HIOBS Store for some great options!

Bottoms

BOTTOMS

4-7

UNDERPANTS

Synthetic fabrics work best but cotton is okay.

2

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.

1-2

SHORTS

Loose-fitting, quick-drying athletic shorts.

1

SWIM WEAR

One-piece quick-drying swimsuit, t-shirt and/or sports bra and shorts, or lightweight swim shorts

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. Check out the HIOBS Store for some great options!

1

WINTER HAT

Make sure it covers your ears when you pull it down. Wool or synthetic only.  Check out the HIOBS Store for some great options!

1

HEAD NET

Fine mesh bug net that will fit over your head, to be worn as needed on land. HERE is a good example.

2-3

SOCKS

Thick: wool or synthetic only. NO COTTON.

1-2

LIGHT SOCKS

Thin synthetic socks

1

RUNNING SOCKS

Synthetic sock

1

RUNNING SNEAKERS

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

1

CROCS or RIVER/ WATER SANDALS

CROCS (or similar): Closed-cell resin clogs with partial foot coverage, drainage and ventilation holes, and a heel strap
RIVER/ 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.

2

HAND SANITIZERS

Pocket-sized squeeze bottles of hand sanitizer

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. 

1

WATER BOTTLE (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 SARONG or large piece of fabric

A length of very light cotton or rayon (3’ x 7’), preferably not white,  to wrap around yourself while changing clothes.  A non-fitted twin bedsheet can be used. 

1

WATCH

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

1 PR

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

SPOON & BOWL

Spoon can be metal or plastic. Bowl can be wood or tough plastic; having a secure lid for it has been very helpful

1-2

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.

1-2

SUNSCREEN

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

1

LIP BALM

Minimum SPF 30

1

INSECT REPELLENT

Bring a small unbreakable container, 10-50% DEET. No 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 for Cooler months: May, June and 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/GLOVES

Can be wool or fleece.

Optional items

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

1 set

HOODED RAIN JACKET AND RAIN PANTS

Outward Bound will issue you sailing rain (“foul weather”) gear, but in light rain or spray, lightweight gear is often more comfortable. Can be Gore-Tex or coated nylon. Make sure that the seams are taped or welded so they can’t leak.

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

MEDIUM WEIGHT TOP

Mid-weight long-sleeve layer to fit over your long underwear top, and under your heavy fleece.  Can be wool or synthetic fleece.  For people who stay warm easily, this isn’t necessary in mid-summer. Consider bringing this item if you often find that you are sensitive to cold or damp.

1

LIGHT GLOVES

For blister and sun protection. Bring if you are sun sensitive. Can be light cotton work gloves or fingerless sailing, cycling or weightlifting gloves.

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

BALACLAVA

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

1

FOOT POWDER

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