What to bring to Western CT / MA on the Fall Foliage Hike
Weather along the trail is unpredictable. Temperatures may range from the 20s at night to
the 70s during the day. It may be warm and humid, cool and dry or may rain several days in a row. And it
may freeze at night, so be prepared for a wide range of temperatures and conditions. Hopefully we will
have picture perfect sunny and crisp fall weather and brilliant fall foliage.
Bring very small containers of items like toothpaste or hand sanitizer. Consider
travel sized items or taking small containers and pouring products from larger containers into them.
Bowl / Cup
Fork & Spoon or Spork
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Hand Sanitizer or Bio-soap
Toilet Paper / Baby Wipes (note: Baby Wipes must be packed out with garbage)
Contact lenses / Glasses
Hair Clips / Ponytail Bands
Headlamp - LED lamps will run all week on 1 set of batteries.
Some cash, a credit card, and ID (leave wallet home)
Quick Dry Pack Towel
Whistle / Mirror (if lost)
Vaseline / Talcum powder
One of the MOST IMPORTANT things while hiking and burning fat
is to stay hydrated and drink continuously. Bring:
Water container(s) that together can hold up to 1 gallon. Nalgene, Camelbacks, Platypus, or Plastic Soda bottles.
We may be able to provide items with 3 asterisks, but many people prefer to
use their own equipment such as sleeping bags over used ones. Also items such as backpacks are size
Backpack (at least 4000 cu in)***
Sleeping Bag (rated to 20F)***
Hiking Poles (or ski poles)***
Lighter / Waterproof matches (cannot be carried on plane)
Trash Bags (bring a few)
Straps and Caribiners
These items can add to your comfort greatly, but will also add to pack weight.
Sunscreen (SPF 15 or greater)
Insect Repellent (35% deet)
A lightweight book or magzine
Swimsuit and/or briefs/panties (not cotton)
Pen and Journal
Deodorant (to prevent feet from sweating)
Inflatable Pillow or soft Stuff Sack (for sleeping)
First Aid Kit (guides will be carrying these)
Water purification tablets / Aqua Mira (Guides carry water treatment equipment)
Duct tape (Good for fixing things)
Sturdy Hiking Boots (Broken in! Do not wear boots you have never worn). Lightweight hikers
are OK with sufficient ankle support.
Sandals (e.g. Tevas, Chacos, Crocs) for in camp
Socks, between 2-4 pair. Some people like Smartwool, Dahlgren or other 1 layer systems.
Others prefer polypro liner socks and a wool outer sock. No cotton.
Quick Dry Long Hiking Pants (No jeans which stay wet and heavy!).
Quick Dry Short Pants (your long pants can have zip-off legs)
Quick Dry Long Sleeve Shirt
Quick Dry Short Sleeve Shirt
Sweater or Fleece
Waterproof Breatheable Rain Shell such as Gore-Tex (Also good for repelling wind)
Rain Pants or Gaiters
Wool or Synthetic cold-weather hat (you lose most of your heat through your head).
Long sleeve Silk, Polypro or Bergalene underwear top (medium weight or expedition weight)
Long Silk, Polypro or Bergalene underwear bottom (medium weight or expedition weight)
Wide Brim Hat
Stuff sacks or plastic bags in which to protect clothing from moisture