ESSENTIAL ITEMS TO PACK
Sun hat + beanie/warm hat
Flip flops for the camp shower should you choose to use it, however you may find that you don’t want to shower until your quest is complete. If you will be showering this week, bring your own towel and toiletries.
Headlamp/flashlight though plan to use your night vision and we’ll be minimizing artificial lights in the evenings.
Selk’bag I love my Selk’bag!! It keeps me cozy and contained in camp and on chilly mornings.
Water bottle and MUG for taking dream tea back to your altar.
Sleeping bag + A GOOD PILLOW
If you make room in your luggage for one important thing, make it your best bag and pillow.
You’ll be sleeping on the ground for Dreamer’s Quest, not on a cot, to be close to Mama Earth.
My very favorite sleeping bag is warm to 0 degrees and is made by Big Agnes. I purchased an inflatable sleeping pad which inserts into the back of the bag which also helps create insulation.
This was a splurge, but ensures I am WARM, COZY and not rolling off of an insufficient pad each night. I found it much cheaper at Amazon and the sleeping pad on sale at REI. It took months for me to take the plunge while watching prices and building up my REI dividends, but it’s made all the difference in my backcountry experience. Nothing sucks more than being cold and uncomfortable when you’re trying to relax and dream your visions.
Now, this is the pillow of all my dreams come true but it’s bulky and heavy and a pain to travel with. That said, if you are flying in and think it might help, think about it-maybe check to see if they make a camp version or look for a wool toddler pillow (might fit well in your mummy bag if you use one) if you don’t already have an amazing pillow. I’m a total princess-and-the-pea and this pillow with some of the stuffing taken out (and set aside for later replacement) has really helped me sleep and not jack my neck up too high. Take the time to experiment so you’ll be set to roll when you arrive.
Sitting mat, comfy chair or small ground cloth for sitting on the earth if you like. You’ll be sitting in your altar a lot, so a couple of options might be lovely. You are free to put your sleeping mat out on the earth and lie down, as well.
Comfortable clothes-Prepare for warm days and cold nights. There’s sometimes a 40 degree difference in temps from day to night in the high desert and if you’re like me you might change clothes or shed layers several times per day. Less is more, don’t feel you need to impress anyone with your keen fashion sense. If you want to make a dreamer’s shawl or buckskin wrap, we will be showing you some options in the Spring to consider. I also have a tutorial from SMG past where I demo how to make your own deerskin shoes. These can be really nice foot covers for when you’re in your altar and want something on your feet that is part of your sacred experience. Consider bringing a dress or skirt for our feast night.
Any medications you need. Obviously.
Trade blanket/Giveaway items.
4 bundles of tobacco or lavender for each firetender + Rainbow Shannon Loveshovel.
Travel light and simple.