Vermont Wilderness Rites


Personal Equipment List


Recommended (please speak with the guide about substitution of any item.)  


___Backpack to hold and carry the following items (For water based programs please put all of your items in a large sea bag.)

___Backpacking tent   2 person, light weight, water proofed, seam   sealed

___OR if you will not be using a tent, a 10 x 12 tarp and 100 yards of tough nylon rope. You may bring both a tent and a tarp.   Some participants have brought a tarp and a large bug netting.

___ Ground cloth   Plastic or nylon to fit under your tent or sleeping bag

___ Sleeping Bag   Rated to 20 degrees or lower for fall programs

___ Sleeping Pad   Closed sell foam pad or lightweight air mattress

___ Rain gear  Waterproof, lightweight, jacket with hood and pants. Vinyl not recommended.

___ Boots or sturdy hiking shoes   Waterproof, broken in, medium weight

___ Camp shoes  Sneakers or other light weight shoes to wear around camp

___ Socks   Wool, 2 pairs, liner socks optional but recommended

___ Shorts 1

____Pants 1 (pair of light weight, quick drying, zip off pants are ideal)

___ Thermal Pants 1 pair, loose fitting, synthetic pile or wool

___ Thermal long underwear Top and Bottom, wool or synthetic

___ Underwear 1- 2 pair

___ Shirts 1 long sleeve (assuming that you have one thermal shirt) and 1 short sleeve shirt

___ Sweater or Jacket   Wool or pile, medium to heavy weight, no cotton

___ Hat  Wool or synthetic pile

___ Gloves or mittens   Wool or synthetic pile

___ Water bottle 2 - One quart or one liter size.

___ Flashlight   Light weight with extra batteries

___ Matches Water proof or in a water tight container

___ First Aid   Band-Aids, mole skin, personal medications

___ Toiletries   Toothbrush/paste, feminine hygiene items, etc. 

____Lightweight Towel and wash clothe 

___ Toilet paper Non-bleached; enough for yourself for the length of the program

___ Two large plastic bags; four zip lock bag (1qt size)

___ Bandana Many, many uses!

___ Water containers: Filled 1- gallon jugs with screw on caps One for each solo day.

___OR Water purification method (Pump, tablets, way to boil water)

___ Small clasp knife

___Watch or other time piece (note that cell phones are unreliable in most areas that programs are held.)

___ Journal and pencil

___ Whistle (emergency type found in outfitter stores)

___Daypack with emergency gear (see list below)

___TICK PROTECTION Clothing that repels ticks or a tick repellant product is strongly recommended.


Additional Gear for Water based programs:


___Canoe or Kayak that you are familiar with and can vouch for it’s safety (or a rental boat.)

___Paddle for Canoe or Kayak. Extra Paddle if a canoe

___Personal floatation device

___Dry bag or equivalent that can hold all of your gear. Clothing and gear can be packed in sturdy plastic bags and then put in a pack

___Shoes that can get wet and dry quickly.  In fall programs, water proof booties are very good to have.  

___Hiking boots are not needed for water based programs. Sturdy sneakers are sufficient though on rainy days, waterproofed boots may be the thing to have!



Personal Emergency Kit – Have these items with you, in a day pack that you carry with you whenever you are not in base camp.



Some items are also listed on your general equipment list – you do not need to bring duplicates.


In general, you should have enough gear with you to be able to stay out overnight if you got lost or could not return to base camp.   You may not be comfortable but you could stay safe (meaning relatively warm and dry.)


­­___compass (optional – only if you know how to use one!)

___whistle or horn

___map (provided by guide)

___emergency bar or other high energy food

___small candle

___matches with striking surface in a water proof container              

___iodine tablets (4-6) or other water purification system


___emergency first aid procedures (guide will provide this)

___small knife (clasp, Swiss army type)

___wool cap


___a few band aids

___personal medications

___two quarts of water

___emergency "space blanket"

___Other clothes for the weather (ie rain gear)


A zip lock bag is a handy way to hold small items.



Ceremonial items


All Programs

___Drum, rattle or musical instrument that is easy to carry (optional)


For Rite of Passage Programs:


___Ceremonial dress or items for use in your own ceremonies (optional)

___Fire ceremony item(s) (see explanation in Preparation Packet)

___Giveaway item (see explanation in Preparation Packet)



___Bathing suit

___Extra Towel (medium size, not plush - they will not dry out!) 


___Bug netting hat

___Insect repellent that repels ticks   

___Metamucil powder or other substance for bowel regularity

___Electrolyte powder (Gatorade powder or NUNN tablets are complete electrolyte products) 

___Compass if you know how to use one.  Otherwise, leave it at home

___Watch or other time piece.  (Note that most cell phones do not   get reception in the locations where we hold programs.)

___ Camp chair - Light weight. Back support for sitting on the ground