Suggested Packing List

Lakota Immersion Program Suggested Packing List

Our best advice for clothing is to dress in layers. It is common for women to wear a skirt over jeans for warmth and respect (especially during the sundance ceremonies). The temperature during mid-Spring is moderate, usually ranging from 40-80 degrees. In August, the weather is usually 80-90 degrees as the weather varies. Watch The Weather Channel for current & future predictions while in SD. Invariably, there may be rain as well as sunshine, so synthetic, silk and woolen, fast-dry fabrics are great to include in your travel wardrobe. Bicycle, running shorts or all-round workout clothing is great. With these thoughts in mind, we offer the following the minimal packing suggestions (less is best). There are laundromats nearby. For ease in land transportation, limit your luggage to one medium suitcase or backpack.

  • 6-7 pairs of underwear
  • 2 pair pants (one comfortable jeans and one dressier jeans)
  • 2 long skirts (required to wear to sundance ceremonies)
  • 2 long sleeved shirts
  • 2 t-shirts/tops (modest attire required at sundance ceremonies-no halter tops, etc.)
  • 1 long sleeved medium weight polypropolene or pullover/sweater
  • 3-4 pair of socks (wool/nylon)
  • 1 pair of hiking boots/ankle height for support or sneakers
  • 1 pair comfortable shoes (sandals)
  • 2 towels
  • 1 flat sheet
  • 1 blanket or sleeping bag & pillow
  • 1 hat with brim or umbrella
  • 1 weather-proof jacket (lightweight)
  • 1 cotton bandana. (this may come in handy in all sorts of ways)
  • 1 pair of shorts or sundress
  • 1 pair of sweats/pjs
  • 1 sunscreen and mosquito/tick repellent *
  • 1 camera and film *
  • 1 personal photo identification for airplane boarding
  • 1 journal notebook
  • 1 small flashlight
  • Prescription Medication (if necessary)
  • Luggage Tags
  • Personal toiletries and incidentals * (Pack mini-sizes! A cautionary note about fragrant shampoos, etc., keep scents simple, heavier scents will attract mosquitoes and bees)
  • Gifts to give away * (anything special you want to pack to give to friends you meet)

* We will be shopping at Walmart or Kmart in Rapid City where you may purchase some personal items.

Have fun packing! Think about things that you really need! Call Carolyn if you have any questions. Keep it simple and light!