May 15-17, 2023 – John Paul the Great Sand Dunes Backpacking


Creatio Guides: Riley Volk, Jayden Jones, John-Henry Frantz, Christine Kohl


Saint John Paul The Great Packing List

Mandatory Gear

  • Backpacking Gear
      • Backpacking Pack, 50-65 L- Available for Rent from Creatio for $5/day
  • Pack Rain Cover – Included in Rental 
      • Sleeping Bag (rated to 30°F or less) – Available for Rent from Creatio for $10/day
      • Sleeping Pad
        • Inflatable Pads are more comfortable, but can break
        • Foam Pads are more predictable/ safe – Available for Rent from Creatio for $3/day
  • Personal Clothing
      • Hiking boots (user preference, but highly recommended to purchase high-quality hiking shoes or boots with strong soles – tennis shoes will not work)
      • Camp shoes (rec. Crocs; flip flops, sandals, etc., but sturdy enough to walk around the camp area)
      • 2 pairs of hiking socks (Wool or synthetic, NO COTTON)
      • 1 pair warm sleeping socks (wool)
      • 2-3 pairs of underwear (Synthetic, NO COTTON)
      • 2 athletic t-shirts (wicking/quick drying, NO COTTON)
      • 1 long-sleeve athletic shirt (wicking/quick drying, NO COTTON)
      • Sleeping clothes (shorts, t-shirt) (NO JEANS OR COTTON!)
      • 1 pair of leggings (or long johns – for warmth on colder days) – Creatio does not recommend that leggings be the outermost layer – hiking pants should be placed over them)
      • Hiking pants – 1-2 pairs maximum (wicking/quick drying, NO COTTON)
      • Mid-Layers – 1-2 (fleece jacket or merino wool pull-over)
      • Down-Puffy Jacket (packable, to put on at night)
      • Rain jacket (Waterproof, not Water Resistant) 
  • Personal Gear
    • Epi-pen and medication as needed (it is very important that you have your own – Please remember to include this information on your registration form)
    • 2 water bottles for a total of 2L capacity (Camelbak would be an addition to this – at times they break, so 2 bottles is necessary)
    • Headlamp or small flashlight 
      • Extra set of batteries for headlamp/flashlight
    • Buff or bandana (sun protection)
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun hat or baseball cap
    • Sunscreen
    • Mosquito repellent
    • Plastic bowl with lid (tupperware works great)
    • Metal or Plastic mug (for coffee, tea, hot chocolate, etc.)
    • Spork
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Glasses (if possible, bring glasses instead of contacts)
    • Journal
    • Bible (small packable)
    • Pen or Pencil


  • Hiking poles
  • Earplugs for sleeping
  • Deodorant (we will all be smelly – this will have to be packed with the food at night)


Items that Creatio will provide

  • Tents
  • Camp stoves
  • Cookware sets
  • Trowel (poop shovel)
  • Bear canisters
  • Group food and Snacks
  • Soap (Dr. Bronner’s in a small bottle)
  • Rental Gear if requested

Items NOT to bring

  • Cell Phone
  • Electronic Devices

50 Available