Friday, March 9, 2012

What To Pack!

                                                        EARTHSHINE TO BRING LIST

Top on our "To Bring" list is an eager spirit.  Carpe diem! Seize the day, the moment, the opportunity.  Earthshine offers you the opportunity for the best three days of school  ever. 

Now, what to pack.  We have a wonderful, natural setting.  When it's windy, it's very, very windy;  when it's wet, it's very, very wet.  Layers of clothes are better than one heavy jacket.  Wool is great because it's warm even if it gets wet.  Nylon stops the wind penetration.  I once heard "there is no such thing as inclement weather, just inappropriate clothing."  Be prepared!  Just remember, we are an OUTDOOR education center.  Anything that comes to Earthshine will get dirty -- wonderfully dirty.  Old, comfortable clothes are best.  Use wool, nylon, polyester and synthetics in place of cotton clothing as much as possible (Cotton, once wet, will not dry by the time they go home).  Bring only what you can carry.

What should be brought to keep warm, dry and happy? How about....
sleeping bag (or bedroll) and pillow
towel and wash cloth (old ones)
toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, hairbrush, etc.)
water bottle (or reused soda bottle with screw top)
pants (at least three pair because the first two may get wet!) shorts
hiking boots or shoes (a pair to get wet, a pair to stay dry)
T-shirts, *sweatshirts, sweaters (cozy and comfortable)
rain gear (from head to toe), dry is happy!
*hat (cover those ears)
*gloves (1-3 pairs -- wet hands are unhappy hands)
windbreaker and/or  warm jacket
plastic bag to bring home wet stuff
curiosity, sense of discovery, and smiles

*These items are vital in the winter!

Optional items:
period clothing (i.e. bandana, headband, vest, apron, overalls, bonnet, nothing huge or expensive), chapstick, flashlight, and sunscreen.

PLEASE DON'T BRING:  gum, radio, cell phones, IPODs, snacks, matches or lighters