THE SKINNY ON CLOTHING:
Wearing the proper clothing on your program is crucial. Because our program environments are characterized by unpredictable weather it can get cold any time of the year. Your packing list has been carefully compiled based on all the weather conditions you may encounter while on your program.
Dressing in several light layers rather than one heavy layer allow you more flexibility as the weather and workloads change. Wool has been the long-time favorite of outdoors enthusiasts as it retains much of its insulating qualities when wet. Even better than wool are synthetic layers, also called “polypropylene”, “pile”, “fleece”, “Polarfleece”, “Capilene”, or polyester. Like wool, these synthetics insulate when wet but weigh less than wool and dry more quickly. Trust us, synthetics are also more comfortable next to the skin. Both synthetic and wool items are available in backpacking stores and surplus outlets.
Cotton clothing (except T-shirts) such as jeans or sweatshirts, will not be allowed for the expedition portions of your course. Cotton retains moisture and loses insulating qualities and weighs more when wet.
Due to safety concerns, open-toed sandals are not allowed on course. Each participant should have a total of 2 pairs of closed toe shoes for any course, one pair for daily use and one pair that can get wet.
WHAT TO BRING:
q 1 pair of hiking boots (Backpack courses)
q 1 pair closed toe shoes to get wet (Canoe or Kayak courses)
q 1 pair comfortable closed toe shoes with tread
q 2 – 4 pairs of heavy wool or synthetic socks
q 1 – 2 pairs of quick drying shorts
q 1 pair of loose fitting pants (nylon sweatpants, camo-pants, wool or synthetic, NO JEANS)
1 set, top and bottom, synthetic long underwear (NO COTTON or 50/50 BLEND)
q 5-7 pairs of underwear / 1-2 bras
q 1-2 tee shirts
q 1 long sleeve shirt for bug protection
q 1 heavy wool, fleece, or pile sweater
q 1 warm wool or synthetic hat
q 1 pair gloves or mittens
q toothbrush and tooth paste
q one-piece bathing suit for women (canoe or kayak courses)
q personal hygiene items for women
Bring pads/tampons, even if not anticipating menstruation
q Extra glasses and or contacts
q Medication in waterproof container or bag
q PLEASE DO NOT BRING LOTION, SOAP, DEODORANT, OR PERFUME
q 3 – 5 pairs of liner socks (preferably not cotton)
q small flashlight or headlamp
q baseball hat or sun visor
q 1-2 bandannas
q small hand towel (synthetic sports type ideal)
q insect repellent (non-aerosol)
q foot powder
q camera (disposable cameras are preferred)
q small notebook and pen
q 2-3 gallon-size ziplock bags
q Chap stick
Prescription medications must be approved by the Medical Screening Department before the program start. If you cannot go for 24-36 hours without your medication, in case of an emergency, we recommend that you bring double the amount needed (with written instructions) in separate, non-breakable, waterproof containers.
YOU MUST BRING AN INHALER IF YOU HAVE ASTHMA. Even if you have not used your inhaler in years, you should still bring it.
GLASSES or CONTACT LENSES:
If you wear glasses or contact lenses, bring a spare set, if possible. Even if you only wear glasses for reading, please bring them for use in map and chart reading. Glasses should be held on with a strap.
While you are on a program your activities and environment may cause changes in your menstrual cycle. Plan accordingly. If you know that you’ll be menstruating while on course please bring whatever feminine hygiene products you normally use at home.
ALCOHOL, DRUGS and TOBACCO:
In keeping with legal, safety, health and ethical considerations, these substances are not allowed on our programs. Use of any of these will result in removal from the course.
Please do not feel that you must purchase specialty equipment for this course. Outward Bound Baltimore has the capacity to provide all equipment and clothing that you do not have on the list below including boating and foul weather gear, rain gear, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, boots, duffel bags, packs, stoves, food, etc. Even if you bring your own equipment we may insist that you use ours.
Greater Baltimore Stores at which to Purchase Outdoor Gear
424 N. Eutaw St.
200 Harker Place Annapolis, MD 21401 (410) 573-1240
6100 Dobbin Rd.
Columbia, MD 21045
63 West Aylesbury Rd.
Timonium, MD 21093 410-252-5920
Also browse http://www.rei.com/outlet/ for outlet savings.
5220 Campbell Blvd, Baltimore 410-933-0134
6711 Ritchie Hwy, Glen Burnie 410-760-3933
118 Shawan Rd, Cockeysville 410-584-9050
6221 Columbia Crossing Cr, Columbia 410-872-1100
540 West Macphail Rd, Bel Air 410-638-7404
Goodwill, Salvation Army, Value Village and other thrift stores
There are numerous locations throughout the Baltimore area and offer a wide variety of supplies for clothing you may need.
If you have any questions, you may contact us at the Center during business hours.
Parents please understand that you will not be able to speak with students while they are on course. If you have questions/concerns during the expedition, please call the number above.
IN CASE OF A TRUE EMERGENCY, GUARDIANS MAY CALL OUR OFFICE OR CONTACT BCBOB COURSE DIRECTOR 24 HOURS A DAY
Baltimore Course Director: 443-442-4444