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Channel Islands Gear Checklist


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  • Backpack, including rain cover

  • Sleeping bag

  • Sleeping pad (at NBN, we use foam pads for versatility, if you would like an inflatable pad, we recommend bringing your own)

  • Tent (you will be able to pick your tent partner, or choose a single-person tent — you will not have to share a tent with someone outside your party)

  • Trekking poles

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  • All cookware

  • Stoves/ fuel

  • Water purification

  • Food: NBN will provide all food — snacks, breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts.  We are pleased and able to cater to all dietary restrictions, just make sure you fill out the health questionnaire.

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  • First aid kit

  • Satellite phone

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  • Hand soap

  • Dish washing station

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Toilet paper and trowel

*There is a very nice restroom located at camp, with two flushing toilets and sinks with running water. While there is no shower, this restroom is a very nice luxury and we thank the park service for providing it.*


(Click the links to see examples of recommended gear)

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(Try to avoid cotton; synthetic layers will keep you dry and warm.)

  • Socks—wool hiking socks, 3-4 pairs

  • A couple pairs of underwear

  • One pair of hiking pants

  • One pair of shorts

  • Long sleeve shirt with hood (we call them sunhoodies, this helps cover the back of the neck and ears)

  • Short sleeve shirt

  • Lightweight fleece jacket

  • Warm jacket (on cooler weather trips, it is recommended to bring a fleece and a puffy jacket)

  • Rain jacket and rain pants

  • Ball cap or wide brim hat

  • Beanie (on cooler weather trips)
  • Sunglasses

  • Boots or hiking shoes (well broken-in) *Hiking shoes will work great on the island. The hiking trails are in great condition.*

  • Camp shoes that will double as water shoes (Chaco, Teva, KEEN, Crocs, etc., something with a heel strap; gotta have sandals for the beach!)

*Channel Islands can be a hot place with lots of sun exposure. In addition to shorts, it is important to have a pair of long sleeve pants and shirt to keep the sun off your skin.*

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  • Headlamp

  • Chapstick

  • Dramamine- motion sickness medicine for prevention and treatment for sea sickness on the boat ride to Santa Rosa (Talk to your Doctor or Pharmacist before taking Dramamine)

  • Electrolyte Tablets

  • Sunscreen

  • 2-3 liters water carrying capacity (we recommend a bladder system while hiking, and a reusable bottle to make camp life easier)

  • Handkerchief

  • Toiletries — toothbrush, toothpaste, floss; only the essentials (we recommend storing these items in a quart-sized ziploc bag with your name written on it)

  • Wet wipes (store these in a ziploc to portion out the appropriate amount for trip length)

  • Medications

Click the link for information about women’s hygiene in the backcountry.

*There is only one water source on Santa Rosa. A fresh water spicket at camp provides all the drinking water for the tour, so while hiking it is important to have a minimum of 3-liters water carrying capacity. This can be achieved with a bladder and bottle combination or just bottles, but hydration is very important on the island.*

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  • Gratuity is extremely appreciated by your guide, industry standard is 15-20%.

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Feel free to bring your own gear, such as backpack, sleeping bag, tent, etc., just bring it to the pre-trip meeting to make sure it is appropriate for the trip’s conditions. 


Reach out to us at any time while packing with any questions and concerns, we’d love to help!


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