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Hi Tribe! Here's my 2011 version of my seasonal packing list .... with a few tweeks based on past comments and my own experiences at Yellowstone during the summer 2009. As usual .... the longest list "wins" ... let me know what I forgot :-)
Notes for those flying: First eliminate items you can easily buy at destination, next consider shipping some essential items to yourself so you don't need to bring on the plane. Bring fewer clothes and plan on washing more frequently.
□ Hiking boots (2 pair)
□ tennis shoes
□ leather sandals
□ shower shoes
□ work shoes
□ athletic socks
□ wool hiking socks
□ sock liners for waders
□ work jeans (2 pair)
□ convertible pants/shorts (3 pair)
□ underpants/V-necks (12 each)
□ t-shirts (4 each)
□ flannel shirt (1)/denim shirts (2)
□ belts (2)
□ rain coat/pants
□ fleece jacket
□ light jacket/rain jacket
□ wool hat
□ winter gloves
□ leather gloves for driving
□ baseball cap/glove
□ fishing hat/expedition hat
□ handi-wipes for my glasses
□ first aid-kit/extra moleskin
□ Health maintenance drugs/fiber pills/fish pills
□ leatherman/survival kit
□ shower bag
□ LED headlamp
□ DEET 100%/rubbing alcohol (to dilute)
□ sunscreen (SPF 50, Neutrogena or equiv.)
□ qtips/cotton balls
□ travel roll of TP or handi-wipes
□ travel kleenex
□ hiking poles
□ waterproof bags
□ camelback daypack
□ pocket knife
□ topo maps of area/day hike info sheets
□ Destination guide /other travel material
□ laptop & charger/laptop backpack
□ digital cameras
□ sd cards
□ rechargeable batteries/charger
□ fold up mesh laundry hamper
□ ALARM CLOCK w/ battery back-up
□ ipod & ac/dc charger/cassette adapter for truck
□ ipod speaker w/ power supply/remote
□ compact headphones/earphones
□ Reading Material/Books regarding fishing
□ cards/card games/board games
□ Passport/Checkbook/Credit Cards
□ sunglasses/reading glasses
□ Health insurance card/drug card/doctor’s cards
□ Spotting Scope/binoculars/tripod
□ toothbrush/shave kit/cologne/deodorant
□ sleeping pills
□ sewing kit
□ fishing vest/waders/tackle box
□ fishing poles/reels
□ 28 qt cooler w/ drinks & snacks for road trip
□ water jug for road trip
□ GPS w/charger (pre-program route for road trip)
□ single cup coffee maker/filters/coffee/splenda w/ fiber/stir sticks
□ wine opener
□ Ear plugs
□ notepad and pen/envelopes/stamps
□ air freshener
□ Bear Spray
□ Super Glue
□ Fan, clip-on OFF/refill packets
□ Duct Tape
□ Basic Tools; hammer,screwdriver,pliers,ect.
□ sticky putty for hanging posters in room
□ removable hooks for wall/back of door
□ Clip on Fan (Walmart)
□ Folding TV Tray/nightstand (Walmart)
□ Small Table Lamp
□ extension cords/power strip
□ elec outlet multiplier
See the attached editable file '2011 Seasonal Packing List.rtf' .... HAVE FUN PACKING!
People move the furniture around in thier dorm rooms all the time here.
Ya know, been at GCSR for 4 yrs and I still ain't got 1/2 the hiking stuff that a 1-day visitor brings here...and yes, I have gone hiking into the canyon.
That list would be overwhelming to those new to the seasonal gig no doubt. Shipping things ahead is a good idea for sure, wish I had known that last year before Yellowstone. If one doesn't drive it s sure not going all at once unless you want to not only lug more baggage but also pay the fees for excess baggage so yes shipping is an option. As for your suggestion to wash clothes more frequently that is not an option for everyone. We had only one opp a week at YNP Lake location; for me that meant having a pair of jeans (the required 'uniform') for at least the 5 work days since I do not choose to wear them more than once especially working in food service.
It seems to me that there are options for getting to a store occasionally, not to say that some of those items aren t needed from the start, but in working at YNP I learned that each and every week there was always someone going to Walmart or such locations; I didn t drive so if I was able to do that then I am sure someone with a vehicle could do even better. There are some very valid suggestions on the list but it is definitely not practical for someone not driving in. Thanks for sharing though. : )
No need to feel on the defense Aggie. Like anything else on the site it is a chance for others to voice their opinions/thoughts. Nobody is putting it down I think, just offering differing points of view...and their own experience. Personally if I were driving I would have everything I own (like a closet full) with me for the simple fact that I don't enjoy paying for a storage unit.
Yes many of the items are small Aggie and yet when flying since luggage is limited and space is limited at dorms, there are some things that just may have to come later. I think clothing takes up the most space and even with the space bags I used (supposed to give you more space to pack) I still found 2 pieces of luggage necessary.
As you said though, and I think I mentioned too, if you can ship it ahead all the better. Wish I had known that was an option the first time around, I would have done things differently : ) Thanks for your thoughts
P.S. this is why discussions like these are important. There are 'newbies' as well as 'seasoned' workers. I take that into consideration when reviewing a persons suggestions about a place(s) they have worked. As someone has pointed out in previous discussions so much is what you put into the experience and some people make themselves miserable (as I found last year where I was) while others, in the very same environment & work arrangement can be totally content (as I was). It, like life in general, is all what you make it.
Thanks again for your input.
Well my son will be getting on a greyhound bus on the 17th of this month to come to GCSR, he will arrive in Flagstaff on the 20th. He has already mailed me 2 boxes that he didn't want to drag around all the bus stations.
1 box was real heavy so I asked him what was in...he told me video games. Damn, its heavy enough to have a small TV in the box too.
So at least aggie didn't put a Television or video games on his list.
Well, I'm with Aggie, bet I have the same one, takin it..Hope it goes with the dorm decor..Still looking for suggestions on communal fridge, how to keep my stuff (marking it in frigde , keeps your hands off or what)