Packing List for Overnight Trips

Volunteers Bring:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants)
  • Work boots (waterproof)
  • Work clothes (pants, long-sleeved shirt, t-shirt, socks)
  • Camp clothes (clean set of clothes for evening)
  • Camp shoes (sandals or tennis shoes)
  • Warm clothes for cool/cold nights (socks, pants and sweater/jacket)
  • Day pack/small backpack
  • Water bottles/Camelback (at least 2)
  • Watch/alarm clock (cell phones don’t work in the Wilderness!)
  • Flashlight/headlamp
  • Hat/sunglasses
  • Leatherman or all-purpose tool
  • Sun screen
  • Bug spray/head net
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Swimming suit
  • Personal biodegradable toiletries (non-fragrant)
  • Personal medications (allergies? Epi-pen?)
  • Optional personal items (book, binoculars, etc.)


we provide:

  • Tents
  • Sleeping pad
  • Sleeping bag (limited number available)
  • Water filter
  • Camp stove
  • Fuel for stove
  • Camp cook ware
  • Overnight canoe pack
  • Plastic liners for packs
  • First Aid kit
  • Safety equipment (hard hat, gloves, safety glasses, etc.)
  • Tarp
  • Rope
  • Tools
  • Paddle
  • Life jacket

Please let us know if you do not have all of the required gear when registering for a project.



For multi-day wilderness projects, volunteers are reimbursed $25 per day for food. Volunteers can choose to pack their own food or work with a local outfitter to purchase food for the project. If you choose to purchase food through an outfitter we may be able to assist with food pick up and transport it to the project meeting location. If you would like to coordinate food ordering and pick-up with the Northwoods Volunteer Connection please let us know at the time of registration before making contact with an outfitter.