Black Hills - Sacred Lands, Sacred Stones

Don't Forget To Pack List

Never pack everything you need in one bag. In the unfortunate event your luggage is lost, make sure your carry-on bag contains everything you'd need for an overnight stay. Don't pack more than you can carry by yourself as there will be some situations where there will not be porters available. Even though many airlines allow two checked bags, it is highly recommended that you only bring one checked bag in addition to one carry-on bag and one personal item.

Below is a list of items which we strongly recommend you bring. It is by no means all-inclusive, but completing this checklist will ensure a more pleasant journey simply by eliminating potential problems.

Please read through this list carefully.

* Individual items listed in bold are included in the GLJ courtesy travel kit. You will receive your travel kit at orientation.


In almost all circumstances, it is advisable to layer clothing.
  • Casual, comfortable clothing suitable for travel and walking
  • Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunhat and sunglasses
  • Bandana
  • Traveler's Poncho or raincoat
  • Extra prescription glasses/contacts
  • Swimsuit – most lodging will have a swimming pool

Toiletries, Hygienic Items, Meds, and Such

  • All liquids, foams, gels, and deodorants must be in 3oz. (100mL) containers
  • Basic toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, razors, shaving cream, ear swabs, lotion/moisturizer, brush, feminine hygiene needs, etc.
  • Washcloth, moist towelettes, baby wipes, etc.
  • Prescription medications/supplies (insulin, syringes, inhalers, etc.) and vitamins – Please note: a doctor's note should accompany any prescription medications
  • Basic medical supplies/small first aid kit – aspirin, ibuprofen, antacids, bandaids, Pepto-Bismol, motion sickness remedy, etc.
  • Ear Plugs – for the flight, bus trips, snoring roommates, etc.
  • Sleeping mask


  • Travel alarm clock – You'll often be in different time zones that your body will not be attuned to
  • Camera, lenses, extra batteries, memory cards, tripods, film, etc. – It is highly recommended to put your name on your camera somewhere
  • Small flashlight or headlamp w/batteries – LED's are sufficiently bright, inexpensive, and the batteries last much longer than with traditional halogen bulbs – crankable flashlights are advisable for obvious reasons
  • Transformer/Power Adaptor – varies with locations – see Resources for details
  • Cell phone and charger

Hikes & Excursions

  • Refillable water bottle
  • Daypack for carrying supplies
  • Non-refrigerated snack foods – nuts, trail mix, etc.
  • Sun block and lip balm with high SPF
  • Umbrella
  • Insect repellent


  • Passport & Visa(s) (If traveling internationally. We recommend you bring 2 copies of your passport with you.)
  • Driver's license or ID card
  • Itinerary
  • Lanyard & Nametag
  • Travel Confirmation
  • Airline tickets


  • Copies of travel documents
  • Copies of credit cards
  • Copies of passports (If traveling internationally)
  • Credit card contact information
  • Emergency contact information
  • Medical insurance card
  • List of medications and doctor's letter for prescription medications
  • Travel insurance


  • Wallet or purse/pocketbook
  • Cash
  • Credit/debit cards
  • ATM Card


  • Address book
  • Important numbers
  • Datebook
  • Calling card


  • Extra suitcase or duffle bag – a smaller one packed inside your larger suitcase – for souvenirs, etc.
  • Pen and tablet – to jot questions, make notes of places, names, etc.
  • Zip-loc plastic bags – very handy for many purposes
  • Travel dictionary, other site-specific literature
  • Luggage tags
  • Travel locks & keys
  • House keys