WHAT IN THE WORLD DO I PACK?

 

So you’ve done it. You’ve signed up for the good life of travel, new people and fun environments. CONGRATS!! This means you’re heading out soon to your new home…and perhaps you are wondering…WHAT IN THE WORLD DO I BRING?! We all did too! Don’t worry, you’re not the only one.

To help you get started I’ve made a list for SUMMER gigs and for WINTER gigs. I’ve listed essentials for both and some DO NOT BRING. I hope you find these helpful!

SUMMER GIGS:

What to Bring

  • Rain Gear – waterproof jacket and pants are a MUST
  • Mud boots if arriving in March / April (a good pair of rain boots is just necessary no matter what)
  • Hiking Gear – boots, pants, wicking clothing, long johns, sports tops, GOOD SOCKS!
  • Housing decorating items – one or two small posters, pictures of family/friends, a nice blanket/tapestry. Don’t bring candles.
  • Things to do (i.e. books, movies, games, computer) – definitely want your computer or iPad with you!
  • Clothes for all seasons – a nice outfit to go out in, if wanted. Two pairs of jeans, a few tops, lots of socks and underwear, at least one warm sweater/sweatshirt, pajamas, and a few pairs of shoes (this includes tennis shoes). Don’t forget ONE SWIM SUIT!
  • Bathroom necessities including toothbrush and paste, shampoo, conditioner, body soap, SHOWER SANDALS, medicine (including dayquil, nyquil, advil, ibuprofen), contact solution, nail clippers, small first aid kit, feminine products, sunscreen, lotion, towel and washcloth – pack towels are great and can be found at REI (http://www.rei.com/b/packtowl?s_kwcid=sWBJDZEHg_dc%7Cpcrid%7C37626940205%7Cpkw%7Cpack%20towels%7Cpmt%7Cp%7Cgoogle%7Cmain&gclid=CJ6qutCr-bwCFYY7Mgodsi8Alw – get the XL one though!
  • Blow dryer/Straightener – if needed.
  • One box of laundry detergent. There’s a great recipe you can make your own with to be found here: http://www.diynatural.com/homemade-laundry-detergent-soap/ (Super cheap and NATURAL alternative that will last forever!)
  • Backpack – big enough to carry a small tent, sleeping bag, camp stove, food and clothes. Travel up with this backpack and use it the rest of the season. Don’t get anything less than a 38L (Check out a future blog post here on picking out your forever pack!) Put rest of belongings in a small suitcase no more than 50 pounds.
  • GEAR: Tent, sleeping bag, camp stove, water filter, thermarest – see future blog post on gear purchasing for suggestions
  • Battery Operated Alarm Clock or rely on your phone but make sure you have something to wake you up. The last thing you want is to be LATE for work!
  • Extras: one fun (packable) costume to bring for those crazy employee nights! Hangers for clothes (some places provide, some don’t), pillow case/sheets/blanket (ask HR if provided – even though what’s provided tends to be old and has holes in it so bring your own anyway!) Nalgene or good water bottle – check out hydroflasks (a sweet new way to carry your liquids!) found here…http://www.hydroflask.com

WINTER GIGS:

What to Bring

  • Rain Gear – waterproof jacket and pants are a MUST
  • Snow Gear: Snow pants, winter jacket, warm gloves, a few stocking caps, wool socks (ski/snowboard), long johns, wicking clothing, sports tops, snow boots (Sorrel type boots).
  • Work Gear (If you’re working for a resort) – helmet, goggles, face mask, extra gloves, skis or snowboards, ski boots or snowboard boots, good socks, tools for your gear
  • Housing decorating items – one or two small posters, pictures of family/friends, a nice blanket/tapestry. Don’t bring candles.
  • Things to do (i.e. books, movies, games, computer) – definitely want your computer or iPad with you!
  • Clothes for all seasons – a nice outfit to go out in, if wanted. Two pairs of jeans, a few tops, lots of socks and underwear, at least one warm sweater/sweatshirt, pajamas, and a few pairs of shoes (this includes tennis shoes). Don’t forget ONE SWIM SUIT – for hot tub parties!
  • Bathroom necessities including toothbrush and paste, shampoo, conditioner, body soap, SHOWER SANDALS, towel and washcloth – pack towels are great and can be found at REI (http://www.rei.com/b/packtowl?s_kwcid=sWBJDZEHg_dc%7Cpcrid%7C37626940205%7Cpkw%7Cpack%20towels%7Cpmt%7Cp%7Cgoogle%7Cmain&gclid=CJ6qutCr-bwCFYY7Mgodsi8Alw – get the XL one though!
  • Blow dryer/Straightener – if needed.
  • One box of laundry detergent. There’s a great recipe you can make your own with to be found here: http://www.diynatural.com/homemade-laundry-detergent-soap/ (Super cheap and NATURAL alternative that will last forever!)
  • Backpack – Travel up with this backpack and use it the rest of the season. Don’t get anything less than a 38L (Check out a future blog post here on picking out your forever pack!) Put rest of belongings in a small suitcase no more than 50 pounds. If you plan on going backcountry skiing/riding, get a pack that will hold your snowboard/skis and poles.
  • Battery Operated Alarm Clock or rely on your phone but make sure you have something to wake you up. The last thing you want is to be LATE for work!
  • Extras: one fun (packable) costume to bring for those crazy employee nights! Hangers for clothes (some places provide, some don’t), pillow case/sheets/blanket (ask HR if provided – even though what’s provided tends to be old and has holes in it so bring your own anyway!) Nalgene or good water bottle – check out hydroflasks (a sweet new way to carry your liquids!) found here…http://www.hydroflask.com

What NOT to Bring for ANY SEASON

  • Guns/Weapons if you are living in employee housing
  • Pets if you are living in employee housing
  • A TV or large electronic devices
  • Chat with your HR (human resource representative) for more rules and regulations.
  • REMEMBER: you really can live without certain items for 4-5 months at a time. It’s only a few short months.

*Ask around and see what others have brought or are bringing. Research your location to see what kind of access you will have to grocery stores, markets, shopping, etc. If you are far away and will not be driving a vehicle then plan ahead and bring a little more to ensure you’re set for the start of the season. During the season, rides are typically offered to help those that need to stock up on more essentials, do so.

*The biggest point is to keep it light and simple. Don’t overpack. You’ll really only end up wearing a solid weeks worth of clothes anyway. Everyone is in the same boat and no one really cares if you’re wearing the nicest clothes anyway. Look forward to simplicity and being a little dirt bag for a bit! ENJOY IT! EMBRACE IT! You’ll find everything you left behind may not matter anyway 🙂

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