What To Bring For Autumn Adventure

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When packing for Autumn Adventure, consider protection for each part of your body. Temperatures may vary from 80 degrees during the day to 20 degrees or even lower at night. Whenever possible, bring clothing made of wool, polar fleece, or polypropylene. Even when wet, these fabrics retain some insulating value. Each participant should bring or plan to buy the following:

All of the following items can be found HERE


  • pack with padded hip belt (rental available)
  • capacity: external frame-4000 cu in +/-
  • internal frame-48000 cu in +/-
  • *pack cover-waterproof nylon 
  • *6 to 12 (gallon size) Ziploc plastic bags to pack clothes 

Equipment Crew

  • Cooking kit and utensils 
  • Hot pot tongs
  • Backpacking stove (one stove per four campers)
  • Plastic trash bags 
  • Dishwashing soap 
  • Scouring pads
  • Toilet paper 
  • Two-person tents 


(sufficient quantities for length of trek, packed in plastic bags) 

  • Lightweight sneakers or tennis shoes
  • *Light inner socks
  • *Heavy wool socks
  • *Underwear
  • *Hiking shorts
  • *Long pants
  • *Long-sleeve shirt
  • *Short-sleeve shirt (not nylon) 

Personal And Miscellaneous

  • *Sunglasses 
  • *Adhesive bandages (BB,S)
  • *Moleskin or mole foam (BB,S)
  • *Toothbrush and tooth past (BB)
  • *Biodegradable soap (BB)
  • *Lip balm (BB,A)
  • *Whistle (A)
  • *Bandana or handkerchief (BB)
  • *Fifty feet of nylon cord, 1/8-inch diameter
  • *Small pocketknife
  • *Flashlight (small) with extra batteries (S)
  • *Small towel
  • *Notepad and pen
  • Comb
  • Tampons/sanitary napkins (BB) 


  • sleeping bag in stuff sack line with plastic bag 
  • sleep clothes-worn only in sleeping bag(T-shirt and gym shorts) 
  • *straps to hold sleeping bag on pack 
  • *foam sleeping pad (closed cell or Therma-Rest) 


  • Hiking boots
  • Lunch 
  • *Two 1-quart water bottles or canteens 
  • *Medium-weight wool jacket or wool shirt and wool sweater 
  • *Day pack
  • *First aid kit 
  • *Map 
  • *Compass 
  • *Sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher)
  • *Sunglasses 
  • *Wide-brimmed hat 
  • *Matches or lighter (in waterproof case*)
  • *Pocketknife 
  • *Sturdy rain suit 
  • *Wool mittens or gloves (pair)
  • *Stocking cap 


  • *Deep bowl or plate (small)
  • *Cup (measuring style)
  • *Spoon 


  • *Foam sleeping pad
  • *Camera and film (BB)
  • *Fishing equipment and licenses
  • *Insulated underwear 
  • *Philmont Fieldguide (S) 
  • *Foot powder (BB,S)
  • *Belt 
  • Rubber bands 
  • Watch 

Equipment Provided by Philmont

Philmont will provide water purification tablets, 100 feet of 1/4-inch rope, and burlap bag.

*- May be purchased at the trading post at the Tooth of Time Traders

BB- Packed together in plastic bag to be placed in bear bag at night 

S- Share with a buddy