What to Pack?
Because of the nature of the program there is a luggage size requirement for the Food and Farm Road Trip. We will be enforcing this requirement as we have limited space for luggage under the bus; and RoadTrippers will be responsible for carrying all of their belongings to and from their tent sites throughout the trip, and therefore must be able to lift their bags on their own. If a RoadTripper’s luggage greatly exceeds the requirements, they will be asked to remove some belongings before their parent/guardian leaves on opening day.
The luggage size limit consists of: 1 duffel bag or hiking backpack of equivalent size that does not exceed 30 lbs in weight and 1 school size backpack. Absolutely no trunks are allowed. RoadTrippers are responsible for bringing their own personal camping sleeping pad (although this does not have to fit within their duffel). Please see the Road Trip Packing List below for details and specific size requirements.
You know your child best. They may need more of an item than suggested, or less of another. In planning the amount of clothing to bring, we strongly ask that each RoadTripper bring ONLY 1 week’s worth of clothing. Please do not pack to the brim as RoadTrippers will be responsible for re-packing up their belongings each morning before heading out for the day.
There will be laundry stops throughout the trip. Once a week while on the road, we will have a laundry stop built into the program where the entire group will do laundry together at a laundromat. Camp will provide detergent, laundry bags, and know how.
Use sewn-on labels, embroidery, or laundry marker to write your camper’s first and last name on everything, including the clothes worn to camp, the luggage itself, water bottles, gear, and footwear. Unmarked items are nearly impossible to reunite with their owners if lost or left behind. A list of items pinned inside the duffel will help campers remember what they brought when it comes time to pack and go home. Jackets, sweaters and footwear are among the most frequently lost items at camp. Eden Village Camp does not assume responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged clothing items.
Simple clothing for a rustic trip
At camp and on the road, things do get lost, damaged, dirty and/or borrowed. Old, comfy t-shirts, fleeces and shorts are quite the style at camp! You’re encouraged to borrow and buy used gear. Second-hand items in decent condition will usually be quite adequate. Should items be lost or damaged, it is much less painful if you haven’t made a big investment in new gear. We strongly discourage bringing anything of great monetary or sentimental value to camp! Eden Village Camp is not responsible for the loss or damage to any valuables, including clothing, musical instruments, jewelry, sports equipment, etc. While we strive to provide excellent laundry service, it is a commercial service so please try not to send expensive items or clothes that require delicate or special care.
• The faster clothes dry, the better. Synthetic fabrics dry faster than cotton, and are more insulating when wet.
• The average high summer temperature while on the road can reach up to 100 degrees and the average low is 60.
• Campers must wear long pants every time we go into the woods, as part of tick safety measures. We want your camper to have light-colored (so we could see any ticks), lightweight hiking pants. Jeans and other heavy pants are rough in the hot summer!
• RoadTrippers and staff wear entirely all white outfits for Friday evening. If you want to get white pants and can’t find any, consider yoga pants, karate pants, or scrubs.
Backpacks, water bottles, and hats are required every day and often get lost. Send your RoadTripper with extras and label all clearly. Use masking tape for hard to write on surfaces. Don’t send any hats or water bottles you wouldn’t mind not seeing again. Campers who lose their water bottle and/or hat and do not have an extra will have to purchase one from the road. Even if they just misplaced it for a day or two.
Camp rules are that they must have a hat and water bottle at all times.
Packing Checklist for Food and Farm Road Trip
The following packing list is a guide; it is not necessary to have all these items in these quantities, however please do not bring more than listed to keep within our specific luggage requirements.
RoadTrippers are permitted a 1-week supply of clothing max.
- 8 T-shirts
- 2-3 Pairs of shorts
- 2 Pairs long pants (1 lightweight for hiking)
- 1 Long-sleeved fleece or sweater
- 1 Long-sleeve shirt (e.g. flannel)
- 8 Sets of underwear
- 8 Pairs of socks
- 1 Swimsuit
- 1 Entirely all-white outfit for Friday night
- 2 Pajamas, 1 warm (make sure camper will be comfortable wearing them to some evening events)
- 2 Hats for sun protection
- 1 Raincoat or poncho (no umbrellas!)
- 1 Pair of Sneakers or sturdy shoes for walking (can dirty + wet)
- 1 Pair of hiking shoes or boots
- 1 Sandals with back strap for shower/pool/lake (like Crocs)
- NO FLIP FLOPS!
- 1 Pillow and pillow case
- 1 Personal Camping Sleeping Pad
- 1 Sleeping Bag
- 1 Beach-size Towel (please label)
- 1 Bath-size Towels (please label)
- OPTIONAL sleeping bag liner
RoadTrippers are strongly encouraged to pack small toiletry bottles- a full 20 oz bottle of shampoo is too much for three weeks and adds a lot of unnecessary weight.
(preferably unscented & earth-friendly)
- 1 Toothbrush and holder
- 1 Toothpaste (please label)
- 1 Shampoo/Conditioner (please label)
- 1 Soap & container (please label)
- 1 Nail Clipper
- 1 Comb/Brush, Hair ties
- 1 bottle of Sunscreen (please label)
- 1 Insect repellent (please label)
- 1 chap stick with SPF
Gear and Accessories
- 1 Duffel bag (no larger than 36 x 18 inches) or camping backpack of equivalent size
- 1 Day pack (no larger than a school size backpack)
- 1 Headlamp or flashlight (headlamp recommended) and extra batteries
- 1–2 Journal/Diary & Pens
- 2 Water bottles (should be clearly labelled)
- 1 Wristwatch (this is MANDATORY)
- 1 Laundry Bag (labeled)
- As needed Set of extra eyeglasses and hard case
- 1 Sunglasses & hard case
- Plenty Stationery, envelopes and stamps, including at least 2 stamped envelopes per week addressed to parents.
- 1 Pair of swimming goggles (optional)
PLEASE NOTE: Any additional items must fit within luggage requirements
- Judaica: 2 Kippot [head coverings] & clips if needed, Tallit [prayer shawl] if you use one, your own siddur [prayer book] if you like.
- Musical instrument(s), sketchpad, inexpensive Camera (without video strongly preferred; without internet capability required) & film
- Hiking socks & liners, work gloves, bandanna, rain pants, a few good books, cotton items for tie-dying or silk-screening.
- Costumes, books, cards, and puzzle games.
- Camelback or other backpack style water pack with tube
Items That Must be Left at Home
We reserve the right to confiscate the following items that are not allowed at camp:
- Electronics including cell phones, iPads, Digital Video Players or Recording Devices, video cameras, CD or DVD players, radios, Kindles, laptops, electronic games/toys, plug-in fans, hair dryers, walkie-talkies, two-way radios, hot pots. The only exception will be MUSIC ONLY players such as iPods without WiFi capability (e.g. no iPod touches).
- Food of any kind
- Flip-flops/thong sandals or any sandals without a back strap.
- Credit Cards, candy, gum, potentially offensive clothing, jewelry, make-up, Magic (and similar) cards, MAD (and similar) magazines, aerosol deodorant, posters, pets, weapons, and candles.
- Any item that could endanger the health, safety, or welfare of campers or staff.
This is not a complete list of items not permitted by campers at camp.
Please contact the Camp Office with questions at (877) 397-3336.