Saul has made a packing list for our spring trip, to which I’ve added a few annotations here and there. The funny stuff is all his, though. Thanks, Saul.
Average May temperatures in Houghton: high 61, low 39. It’ll be colder on the lake. Bring layers. We will have access to automatic dryers every night of the trip.
Two nights of the trip--the first and last--we’ll stay at a private home in St. Ignace. You’ll sleep outside or on a couch. The other two nights we’re in dorm rooms at Michigan Tech (the college students won’t be there). Our chaperones are Karl Sikkenga and Jayonne Wynne.
Don't pack too much.
There will be fourteen of us on the bus. Your stuff should fit into one big duffel bag which can be crammed under your seat.
Stuff that everyone needs.
- Three or four sets of clothes (outfits)
- A swimsuit
- A towel
- Hiking boots (these don’t need to be hard-core)
- Shoes that you don’t mind getting wet
- A hat
- Two warm blankets or a sleeping bag (for when we’re sleeping at Karl’s parents’ house; we won’t need our own bedding at Michigan Tech)
- Some sort of warm outer layer (a sweater, for example)
- A bag lunch for the bus ride to St. Ignace
- At least two pairs of extra socks
- A reusable water bottle
Stuff that’s optional.
- A flashlight
- A small backpack
- A camera or a phone with a camera
- Money for souvenirs or raiding vending machines (you’ll have to keep track of it yourself)
- A pillow (again, for the nights at Karl’s parents’ house)
Stuff that you might need if you’re sleeping in a tent in St. Ignace.
- Something soft to sleep on (if you’re bringing a tent, you should know what that requires)
Stuff that there’s no point in bringing.
- Fishing gear (there will be no time for fishing, and fishing gear is a pain to fit in the bus)
- Electronics that can’t be used on the bus ride (that’s the only time that electronics are allowed, except for cameras and phones used as cameras)
- Way too much money (people will only borrow it from you; Jayonne & Karl won’t look after it)