We're very excited you are going on a trip and want you to feel as prepared & comfortable as possible. Please review the following steps BEFORE completing this form. Requests to borrow equipment (free of charge) must be made no later than August 1st. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
-READ: Look through your packing list online to determine what is required, suggested, optional, and not allowed. You may not need serious backpacking gear for your trip; for example, cabin camping trips will be totally fine with a duffel bag instead of a frame pack. Packing lists can be found online: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~doc/firstyeartrips/trips/types/
-ASK AROUND: Before you go buy lots of new camping gear, ASK friends, neighbors, relatives, classmates, etc. if you can borrow their equipment. You do not need new equipment - old-school gear is totally fine so long as it works properly! We don't advise you to borrow hiking boots, but ask around and see what items you can borrow for your trip!
-BUY: We suggest visiting your local Army/Navy Surplus Store, thrift stores, rummage sales, or outdoor gear stores (such as REI, Sierra Trading Post, or EMS). Staff at these stores can assist you in figuring out what kind of gear will meet your needs and budget. If you only plan to use these items once, don't spend much money. However, if you plan to use this gear in the future, it might make sense to invest in more durable outdoor equipment.
**If you are totally, without-a-doubt unable to find or purchase the gear you need for your trip, please fill out this form no later than AUGUST 1st.
Requests to borrow gear are NOT handled on a first-come, first-serve; rather, priority is given to students receiving financial assistance. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~doc/firstyeartrips/contact/
NOTE: - Every year, many incoming students make the mistake of bringing brand-new hiking boots on their trip. You WILL get blisters on your feet if you are hiking in boots/shoes that have never been worn before...it's not fun and you will be thinking about your feet the entire time instead of enjoying your trip! If you are getting new hiking boots or shoes to hike in, we highly recommend you buy them several weeks in advance and wear them around for several days so you can 'break-in' the new shoes. Wearing your new hiking boots for several days before your trip allows your boots to adjust to the size and shape of your foot...and reduces the amount of blisters you will get!