Plan B: HOW TO PACK


HOW TO PACK YOUR STUFF FOR PHILMONT, COLORADO AND THE AIRPLANE - READ EVERYTHING BELOW FIRST THEN SCROLL DOWN (if you're on a smartphone) or SEE THE COLUMN TO THE RIGHT (if you're on a PC).
  • Do I need to bring a school ID or other identification to get onto the airplane?  
    NO, you do not, unless you're over 18 years old (TSA rules)
  • Am I allowed to bring deodorant to Colorado?YES, PLEASE DO, and USE IT!  You are only prohibited from taking it on the trail.
  • How much money should I take and will you run a "bank" like at Summer Camp?
    NO BANK. You should not need much money on your way to Philmont (all your meals are paid for; snacks and extra drinks are on you). 
    Philmont tells us most Scouts spend from $100 to $150 on souvenirs at the Base Camp TRADING POST [LINK]. For example, the cheapest belt + buckle costs about $60 (branding is free). You can use a debit or credit card there. In the backcountry, you probably don't need more than $20 (money has to go into your smellables bag). If you need something more expensive while on the trail you can buy it on credit and settle up when you get to base camp. The Scoutmaster is used to making loans at attractive interest rates (good SAT word: USURIOUS).
  • Where can I keep my stuff that I don't take on the trail?You will leave your Colorado Bag, your carry on bag, and anything that you don't carry on the trail (like your phone) in your crew's rental van. We advise against bringing any high-value items (like your wad of $100 bills).
Laundry bag, backpack, Colorado bag, and carry-on bag

HOW TO PACK YOUR STUFF:
  1. Put all your BACKPACKING STUFF inside your backpack. Be sure to leave your Nalgene bottles UNCAPPED. You should be able to leave your backpack untouched until you get to Philmont (meaning all your travel clothes are in your Colorado bag).

  2. Wrap the HIPSTRAP (hipbelt) backwards around the front of the pack and clasp it and tighten it. Clip and tighten all other straps (like sternum and shoulder straps).


  3. Put all of your travel clothes into your COLORADO BAG. Remember to include clothes for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (we don't start hiking until Tuesday), PLUS the trip home on Saturday 30 July. Include in the Colorado Bag your toiletries and a bathing suit, plus WARM CLOTHES and your RAINJACKET for our travel around Colorado.

  4. Using a Sharpie Marker, label your LAUNDRY BAG in a way that you can easily pick it out from the others in your crew.

  5. Attach your first IDENTIFICATION TAG securely to your backpack and then put your backpack and Colorado bag into your Laundry Bag.


  6. Securely wrap and tie your laundry bag using its own string tie. A double clove hitch is a good finishing knot, and you can place Gorilla tape over the wraps for extra security. Attach your second ID TAG to the outside of the bag (tied into the strings).

  7. Prepare a CARRY-ON BAG for the airplane and van rides. Things to think about putting in this bag: important medicine, water bottle (empty), snacks, pillow, games, phone charger, book, sunglasses, camera, wallet. Things to NOT PUT in this bag: liquids, pocketknife/leatherman.


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