Canyon Country Birding Safari – Student Gear List


The following is a  gear list of the clothing and gear you should bring on your Canyon Country Birding Safari. Items that are provided by Desert DAWN are listed on the reverse side of this page. Visit our clothing page or gear page for item descriptions and where to find them.   We are happy to help, please call or email us with questions. All your personal items should easily fit within a medium sized Duffel Bag. You may need to carry your personal gear a a few hundred yards from a vehicle to the camp.


  • Hat with brim (1)
  • Stocking Cap (1)
  • Bandanas,100% cotton (2)
  • Shirt, lightweight cotton long-sleeve button down (2-3)
  • Sweater, medium weight wool (1)
  • Jacket, medium weight (1)
  • Rain Jacket (1)
  • Pants, sturdy (1 pair)
  • Belt (1)
  • Long john top, wool or synthetic (1)
  • Long john bottom, wool or synthetic (1)
  • Underwear (2 pairs)
  • Sports Bras, for women (2)

Optional Clothing

  • Shorts (1)
  • Work gloves, leather (1 pair)


  • Wool Socks
  • Hiking shoes (1 pair)

Optional Footwear

  • Liner socks (2 pairs)
  • Sandals or camp shoes (1 pair)


  • Water bottles, 1-liter each (2)
  • Daypack (1)
  • Headlamp (1)

Optional Gear

  • Camera (1)
  • Binoculars (1)
  • Pencil (1)
  • Notebook or journal (1)
  • Field Guide(s)

Personal Care, Health and First Aid Items

  • Personal First-aid kit (1)
  • Prescription eyeglasses (1)
  • Toothbrush (1)
  • Toothpaste, travel size tube (1)
  • Fingernail clippers (1)
  • Feminine hygiene products, for women

Optional Personal Care items

  • Lip Balm (1)
  • Sunglasses (1)
  • Comb or brush (1)
  • Dental Floss (1)
  • Ziploc Bags, quart size for lotions and camera (2)


Desert DAWN Provided Gear and Personal Care Items

Some of the gear that we use on our Camp Crafter style courses are a bit out of the ordinary in today’s high-tech world of backpacking or camper camping. We provide most of the gear giving you the opportunity to try this style of camping before investing in the gear. Many people find this style to be quite exciting and want to continue using the basic gear. If this happens to be you, we will help you find sources for the gear. The following items will be provided by Desert DAWN. If you have your favorite of these items, you may feel free to bring it. Please let us know if you plan to bring an item of gear so that we will not have it set aside for you.

Personal Gear

  • Wool Blanket (2)
  • Half Blanket (1)
  • Silk Bag liner (1)
  • Bedding Tick (1)
  • Blanket Pins, 3” (4)
  • Camp cloth, a 5’x5’ piece of cloth (1)
  • Compass, orienteering style (1)
  • Signal whistle (1)

Group Gear

  • Canvas Shelter, tent or tarp (1)
  • Eating utensils (1 set per participant)
  • Camp kitchen (1 kit)

Personal Care, Health and First Aid Items

  • Soap, biodegradable (1)
  • Sunscreen (1)
  • Insect repellant (1)
  • Water Treatment – Aqua Mira   (Desert DAWN provides Aqua Mira for water treatment. You may bring an alternative method such as a water filter or ultraviolet pen if you prefer.)

Other Gear (that is available if needed)

  • Parachute cord
  • Field Knife, fixed blade
  • Trash bag, heavy duty
  • Rain poncho