Clothing List – Rum Islets Expedition

Note: Cotton gear gets wet quickly and becomes heavy, very cold and dries very slowly. Wool or synthetic gear acts like a wick and moisture is drawn to the outer layers. Jeans are not appropriate pants for camp. Wearing layers including wool and synthetic is best for our climate.


  • A good sunhat with a brim and a toque
  • 3- pairs underwear
  • 3 pairs wool/synthetic socks
  • Swim suit/swim shorts & 1 small beach towel
  • 1 pair long underwear, top & bottoms (synthetic or wool)
  • 2-3 tshirts
  • 1-2 long-sleeved synthetic shirts
  • 1 set of good, waterproof rain gear, jacket and pants 
  • 1 warm synthetic insulation/puffy jacket that packs down nicely
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts
  • 1-2 pairs of long pants (not full cotton)
  • 1 pair of sturdy, water friendly sandals or water booties/beachwalkers (flip flops are not appropriate water shoes)
  • 1 pair of light hiking boots or runners

    Other gear
  • Sunglasses with straps (retainers)
  • Sunscreen (pls. ensure all sunscreen is reef friendly).
  • Zinc sticks for facial sun protection
  • Toiletries  toothbrush, toothpaste, brush/comb, face cloth, small hand towel, contacts/glasses, etc.  Ladies, check out menstrual cups for a  camp-friendly feminine hygiene option or bring what you use/need.
  • Flashlight or headlamp (with an extra set of batteries)
  • Medication – Please bring extra medication for instructor to pack if you have a severe allergy- anaphylactic- or have any critical medications you cannot be without in case they get spoiled or wet.  
  • Synthetic sleeping bag (no down filled or cotton/flannel lined bags, which absorb moisture and don’t insulate well in a coastal environment). 
  • 1L water bottle
  • 2-3 dry bags (mid size, not over 15L; 10 litres is best for packing)
  • 2-3 washable masks & 1-2 Buffs (neck tubes) that can be washed and used as masks as well as a neck warmer.
  • Personal hand sanitizer.
  • Paddling gloves– we can supply pogies (neoprene over-mitt) or neoprene gloves as well but paddling gloves are lighter and more flexible.


  • Please limit electronic equipment (lap tops, handheld gaming devices).  Iphones do make good cameras and usually are waterproof.   
  • A camera that is not part of your phone is optional.  Cameras should be waterproof, as even the humid saltwater/ocean conditions can negatively affect them.  We have an expedition camera and will put photos up on Dropbox for everyone to get copies.  
  • Bug spray can be helpful at camp; however some people are sensitive to it and many brands – particularly those containing DEET – are highly toxic.  Please use bug spray with care, or consider a natural brand or bug net. 
  • Synthetic sleeping bags are available for rent for $25 + GST
  • Thermarest style pads are included in your expedition.  If you have one you love and it packs down small, please bring it along.  

If you have any questions or concerns please call us for suggestions..  

Note:  We can cater to all kinds of special diets; please fill in the section on the medical forms to ensure that you let us know what foods you cannot eat.  A personal call to ensure we have a full understanding of your dietary restrictions is also appreciated.