What to Bring

General packing list

  • A dish for Friday evening’s potluck.
  • Snacks to contribute to the communal snack table (please bring snacks that do not require refrigeration).
  • Layers! The cabins are unheated and June in New Hampshire can be unpredictable. Expect temps as low as the 50s at night and 80s during the day,
  • Rain gear.
  • Sunscreen/insect repellent. **We strongly encourage you to be proactive about tick prevention, and bring not only insect repellant, but also long garments for times when you may be out in the woods or tall grass.**
  • Bathing suits and towels.
  • A tent, if you’re planning on tenting.
  • Sleeping bag/bedding for tent and cabin alike. Cot mattresses are provided. Remember that the cabins are uninsulated, so prepare for cold nights.
  • Headlamp or flashlight.
  • Water bottle.
  • Food storage containers (we always end up with leftovers and would love it if you can take some home.)
  • A blanket or camp chair for sitting on the ground.
  • A pen and a notebook, because more likely than not, you’re going to want to take down some notes about something you learn over the weekend.
  • Materials for any workshops you are teaching.
  • Materials you might need for workshops you are planning on attending (see list below).
  • Musical instruments, dance shoes, board games, hammocks, stories, or anything else you might want for evenings or other down-time.
  • Kid-friendly activities such as games, bubbles, and read-aloud books (adults also encouraged to play with said materials!)
  • Your wonderful selves, your bright smiles, and your village-building attitudes!

Layers are important for variable June weather in New Hampshire. Also note that these Skill Swappers have remembered both sun protection and bright smiles from the packing list.

Workshop packing list (2024 update)

Cooking Meat workshop at ESS 2015.

Some of the skills involve extra supplies that you’ll want to bring from home, if you have them. This  list will be updated as we have confirmed workshops to help with packing:

  • Consumer grade electronics with broken batteries that you want to fix
  • Watercolor paper/brushes/paint (and/or other art supplies)
  • Makeup foundation & tools (also for makeup class)
  • Chef knife (6″ – 8″)
  • Clothes to mend
  • Cribbage board