What to Bring
Clothing—Casual comfort is the style around here. Jeans, T-shirts, sweatshirts, polo shirts are all fine. Some people may prefer to wear khakis or skirts for opening and closing dinners. No neckties or pearls, please. Sturdy shoes or hiking boots and good rain gear are essential. A fleece top, wool sweater and other warm layers will come in handy during colder moments.
We hope for nothing but temperate, clear days, (and October in the Great Lakes region often delivers!) Right now, the “normal” forecast is mid 60’s to low 70’s and lows in the 50’s or 40’s. THAT SAID – It can get cold and wet in a hurry.
IMPORTANT: Required attire for tours almost always involves long pants and closed-toe flat shoes with socks. Don’t come without.
ALSO IMPORTANT: We’ll be hiking Ludington Dunes State Park right in the middle of deer season for bow hunters. While bow hunters are far less likely to mistake us for a deer, bright colors and, if you have it, blaze orange hunting gear is recommended.
- Towel—again, be prepared!
- Sturdy shoes—There will be lots of walking, but nothing crazy strenuous. Waterproof boots are highly recommended, for rainy days or the occasional soggy step!
- Hat and Gloves—wool or fleece, for those of you prone to the chills.
- Rain Gear—Including rain pants (very important). We don’t curtail programming for wet weather!
- Jacket/Windbreaker—Medium weight
- Brimmed hat for sunny days
- Plastic bag for wet clothing
- Ear plugs—if you are a light sleeper
- Hot Beverage Travel Mug—if you, like us, need coffee pretty much all day long!
- Water bottle – healthy people hydrate!
- Sunscreen and Sunglasses
- Bug spray
- Lip Balm
- Notepads and Pens!!!
- Camera and Binoculars (optional)
- Day Pack (very useful)
- Flexibility and a sense of humor (required)
Bringing along a daypack is a good way to go – it will be the best place for items needed all the time or suddenly—such as rain gear, water bottle, mug, sunscreen, camera, notepads and pens.
About transportation—We be riding in the palatial comfort of a 44-passenger motorcoach. Our bus will have ample space, so you can leave things on board during stops (the driver will always be with it and/or it will be locked). We will bring drinking water and snacks on the bus. We’ll also provide a “medicine box” with painkillers, stomach ailment remedies, lozenges, snake oil, etc.
If you have questions about gear or anything else about the program, don’t hesitate to contact anyone on the IJNR staff.