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Residential Field Study Trip Planner - What to Bring

Rock Eagle provides a list of general items needed for an overnight program.  For a printable version, view the the pdf file

Please remember:

  • Limit luggage to one suitcase, backpack, or duffle bag, plus a sleeping bag or bed roll. Avoid sending unnecessary items.
  • Make sure all items are marked with student's name.
  • ONLY OLD CLOTHES ARE NEEDED. New clothes may be ruined by heavy outdoor use.
  • The two most important items on this list are a water bottle and a raincoat. We are outside for the majority of the time – even when it is hot or raining. Please, be prepared.
  • PLEASE DO NOT BRING: candy, gum, snacks, cell phones (poor reception), fireworks, knives, radio, electronic games


  • Two pairs of closed-toe, good walking shoes and an extra pair of old shoes/sandals may be needed for water classes
  • One pair of clean shorts/pants per day
  • One clean shirt per day
  • Jacket/sweater/sweatshirt
  • Rain jacket
  • Hat or cap
  • Several pairs of socks
  • Pajamas

Personal Items

  • Sleeping  bag/bed roll (a pillow, pillow case, and fitted sheet are provided)
  • Towel & wash cloth
  • Comb and brush
  • Toilet articles (soap, towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Plastic bag for dirty clothes
  • Insect repellant
  • Curling irons, hair dryers, etc. are allowed at the discretion of the school group's leader
  • Water bottle (very important on hot days in spring and fall)
  • Sunscreen


  • Camera and film
  • Pen and paper
  • Flashlight
  • Sunglasses
  • Shower shoes
  • cash for the gift shop/ snacks (not all schools visit the canteen)