A complete list of suggestions for the items listed below can be found on Amazon, but you may have some items already or might find sizes from other brands work better for you.
HIKING BOOTS OR SHOES: Comfortable, lightweight and water repellent. Many companies make lightweight hiking boots that are moderately priced. Make sure these are well broken in, especially if all leather, before your trip. If you prefer strenuous hiking, you may want to invest in rugged hiking boots. You should put a coat of waterproofing compound on your boots before arriving to your destination.
WATERPROOF TALL BOOTS (Wellies, Goloshes): Something completely waterproof for extreme wet-weather, getting close to waterfalls, crossing streams, or walking through tall, wet brush or grass. We recommend something with a sticky tread.
FLIP-FLOPS OR SANDALS: While it is infrequently warm enough to be outside barefoot, we often find hot springs or hot tubs for soaking and warming up. We recommend a pair of rubber sandals or flip-flops for navigating the ground/showers/bathrooms that may be our entrance to the hot pools.
DAY PACK: This will come in handy for day hiking and van travel. This is not a frame pack but a smaller daypack variety with two shoulder straps that you carry on your back and large enough to hold rain gear, an extra sweater, water bottle, lunch, binoculars and anything else you would take on a day hike.
RAIN GEAR: During kayak excursions, group canoe paddles and explorations on foot, a good quality rain suit (both top and bottom) is a must to keep you warm and dry. Rain suits should be made of coated nylon with factory-sealed seams. The expensive Gore-tex variety is not really necessary; however, you may opt for this if you think you may have use for it again. Heavy rubberized rain gear will keep you dry, but it is bulky and weighty to carry. Please do NOT bring a plastic or vinyl rain suit or poncho; these tend to tear easily and quickly become useless when hiking and rafting.
PANTS: Two to three; one pair made of quick-drying, synthetic material. Include a pair of shorts, just in case!
SHIRTS: Two to three, mostly long-sleeved. A long-sleeved, light colored, tightly woven shirt is helpful for bug and sun protection. Bring at least one non-cotton hiking shirt, preferably two – one long-sleeved and one short-sleeved.
WARM JACKET / SWEATER / VEST: Synthetic fleece or wool jacket and a sweater make great layers for warmth. A fleece or wool vest helps take the early morning or late night chill off.
INSULATED JACKET: A lightweight down jacket that can be packed into a small space works well as an extra layer when the temperature drops.
WOOL OR SYNTHETIC FLEECE HAT: You won’t be sorry you brought this!
WOOL OR SYNTHETIC GLOVES: To keep your fingers warm while hiking, boating or photographing outside.
BRIMMED HAT: For sun protection. Some who don’t enjoy a hooded jacket prefer a rain hat.
SOCKS: Two pairs of heavy weight wool or synthetic socks for cold weather, plus adequate lightweight hiking socks to meet your personal needs.
LONG UNDERWEAR: Two sets of polypropylene, capilene or thermax tops and bottoms are recommended. Synthetic fabrics are designed to keep you warm even when wet, wicking moisture away from the skin. Do not bring cotton long underwear; if it becomes wet it fails to insulate.
UNDERWEAR: Enough for your personal needs, non-cotton is best.
BATHING SUIT: While it can be chilly, most of the places we go have either natural hot springs or access to hot tubs to warm up at the end of the day.