Required Clothing & Gear

Required Items

  • All of the Items listed in the WMA online student handbook. 
  • Old Set of Clothes for Simulations. Please bring an old set of clothes for simulations and a close-fitting “privacy layer,” such as a tank top and shorts, to be worn under simulation clothes for modesty.  These items may become quite dirty and possibly not survive the course.
  • Rain Gear.
  • Prescription Medications. If you use prescription medications, including inhalers, please bring enough for your entire stay. If possible, bring a back-up set. 
  • 1 Insurance Card. Please bring your Insurance card, or a copy of the front and back of the card, if you are covered under any medical insurance. The actual card is preferred.


Suggested Packing List

This packing list is only meant to guide you.  These are suggestions/guidelines only.  In general, bring a variety of clothing layers that allow you to accommodate unpredictable and changing weather and activity levels.  Clothes will likely get dirty.  

Head & Hands

  • 1 Pair Lightweight Gloves. In case of cool weather.
  • 1 Warm Beanie. Used on colder days and evenings. 
  • 1 Sun Hat. At a minimum, it should shade your face like a baseball cap. Having a brim all the way around is even better. Made out of something that can get folded up and packed.

Upper Body

  • 1 Light or Medium Weight Long Underwear Top
  • 1 Long Sleeve Sun Shirt. Loose, lightweight, and light-colored for sun protection. Instructors prefer old button down men's dress shirts.  
  • 3 Short Sleeve Shirts. Cotton or quick-drying fabrics are both absolutely fine. 
  • 1 Medium-Weight Warm Top. This can be a polyester or 100 weight wool or fleece shirt. Usually comes with a 1/2 to 3/4’s zipper and nylon/spandex cuffs, collar, and hem.
  • 1 Heavy Fleece or Synthetic Puffy Jacket. The fleece can usually be found at a thrift store or Salvation Army.  Must fit over all other layers.
  • 1 Warm Coat. Anything that will keep you warm.
  • 1 Wind Jacket. Nothing fancy, basically an old-fashioned windbreaker. This can usually be found at a thrift store.  Must fit over all other layers.
  • 2 Sports Bras. Should be appropriate for athletic activity. Many women will use this as a swimsuit top with Quick Dry shorts. You do not need to bring a swimsuit if you plan on using this combination.

Lower Body

  • 1 Light or Medium Weight Long Underwear Bottoms. 
  • 3 Pants. Jeans or work pants. Durable.
  • Underwear - Bring what you’d like.
  • 1 Swimsuit.  There may be opportunities to sauna.  Ladies, you may choose to bring a swimsuit or use a pair of shorts and a sports bra for swimwear.  No bikinis.


  • Socks
  • 1 Pair Durable, Comfortable Shoes.  Whatever is comfortable to wear during the day.  Must be close-toed.
  • 1 Extra Pair of Shoes.  It's nice to have a back-up in case your first pair get wet. 
  • 1 Pair Flip Flops or Sandals.  Some folks like to wear flip flops in the shower house.

Personal Gear

  • Bedding, sleeping bag, pillow.  Our bunk style accommodations are not heated.  Come prepared with warm sleeping gear. 
  • Padded Camp Chair. A stadium pad or Crazy Creek are nice to have while sitting for lectures or conducting simulations outside. 
  • 1 Pair Sunglasses w/ Keeper Strap and Hard Case. Essential for protecting your eyes in a highly reflective environment. 
  • 1 Waterbottle. A 32 oz. wide mouth Nalgene-style bottle with a plain lid is recommended.
  • 1 Small Headlamp with Extra Batteries. This is a hands free flashlight. It is either an LED or halogen headlamp that uses a minimum of three volts (two or more AA- or AAA-batteries).  Halogen bulbs are bright but consume more battery power.  LED lamps are bright and consume very little battery power.  Bring one extra set of alkaline batteries.

Toiletries & Other Personal Items

  • 1 Sunscreen. Waterproof, SPF 30 or greater. 8-oz. bottle.  No aerosol.
  • 1 Lip Balm. 30+ SPF or greater.
  • 1 Toiletries Kit. Toothbrush, small toothpaste, comb or brush. Women: bring plenty of feminine supplies. Change in activities can cause irregular periods.
  • 2 Pair Glasses or Contacts, if needed. Both glasses and contacts are acceptable.  Stick with whatever you normally use.  Bring plenty of supplies and at least one set of back-up glasses either way.  
  • 1 Towel and Shower Supplies. Bring whatever shower supplies you normally use, ideally in travel sizes, and a towel (any cotton towel).


  • Money. Bring a little money if you think you’d like to purchase a sweatshirt, t-shirt, map, or cap from the Voyageur Outward Bound School store after your course.  The school store accepts cash or check only, no credit or debit cards.
  • Cell Phone and Charger. It’s a good idea to travel with a cell phone in case of travel delays.