Bark About Packing List

Please use this list for general expectations of what you’ll need to bring on a Bark About hike! Each hike will have a slightly different packing needs that will be outlined in the event description or sent in an email after you sign up.

COVID-19 safety items 

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
    • You can email proof of vaccination to Bark’s Forest Watch Assistant at or bring proof of vaccination to the carpool meet-up location.
  • 1-2 masks  
    • If you are hiking in cold or wet weather, condensation will build up on your mask and it is nice to have a fresh, dry mask after lunch.


  • Long-sleeved shirt and pants
    • Many Bark Abouts travel off-trail and long sleeves help protect you from cuts and scratches from branches. No where you’re traveling, long sleeves can also protect you from bug bites or from too much sun exposure.
  • Warmth and Layers 
    • Bark About hikes often take place at high elevations where the temperature is colder than in Portland or other large towns. Be sure to pack extra layers like warm jackets, beanies, and gloves to keep yourself warm in case it is colder than you anticipated. This is also an important safety practice in case you end up staying in the woods longer than anticipated. 
    • Bark About hikes often stop and start a lot as we spend time talking about the place we’re in. To keep warm, pack layers that you can easily take on and off as your body temperature changes. 
  • Rain gear 
    • No matter the time of year, weather can be unpredictable!
  • Hiking boots or sturdy sneakers
    • Please bring close-toed shoes that will support your feet for walking on uneven ground. If your hike is in the fall, winter, or spring or in a wetland, waterproof boots will be best to help keep your feet dry and warm. If your hike is in the summer, non-waterproof, breathable shoes help keep you and your feet cool and dry. Either way, try to choose shoes with more “grip” to keep you from sliding around when walking on dirt and plants. 
  • Sun protective items 
    • Such as sunglasses, sun hats (baseball caps or wide-brimmed hats), or sunscreen
    • These items are necessary in the warm and cold months! The sun can be extra strong on a sunny day in the snow.

Lunch, snacks, water, and regular medication

  • Please bring at least 2 liters of water. In the winter, it is nice to bring a thermos with warm water! 
  • On most hikes, you’ll be away from your car all day so please plan to pack whatever you’ll need for the day. Bring any medications you’ll need for the day or in case of emergency (even those you’ll need at night in case you end up being in the woods longer than anticipated). 

A notebook + pen

  • Bring a notebook to use during Bark’s Land Acknowledgement practice