Equipment List

Harvest will provide major group equipment, including tents for camping (all trips camp in tents) and stoves for cooking. You will be responsible for your personal equipment, listed below. Please read this list carefully. Remember to look in your attic or basement before you go to the store. We have a very limited number of sleeping bags which can be rented from us if necessary for a cost of $25.

Though we will be staying on one farm for the entire Harvest trip, we don’t want to show up with enough stuff to fill up a barn (or tent)! Limit yourself to ONE medium-sized duffel bag or frame pack for this trip. While you should leave your hair-dryer at home, farm living does allow for some amenities, so bring along your guitar or favorite songbook to share on the trip. You can also bring an overnight bag to store at Yale, in case there are some extra things that you want before the trips leave, and immediately after they get back (see “Moving to Yale”).

Basic Equipment

  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag pad
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack
  • 1 reusable 1-quart water bottle
  • Cup, bowl, spoon, and fork (plastic or metal)


  • 1-2 wool sweaters (or polartec)
  • 3 t-shirts (you will get a Harvest t-shirt as well)
  • 1 long sleeve t-shirt
  • 1 pair cotton or nylon shorts
  • 1 pair pants for night
  • 1 pair work pants (old jeans, overalls)
  • 1 pair leather or canvas work gloves
  • 1 hat with brim (essential for sun protection)
  • Wool hat
  • Waterproof rain gear
  • Underwear (for 5 days)
  • 1 bandana
  • 1 pair work boots (old sneakers are fine)
  • 5 pairs long socks

Extra Essentials

  • Flashlight or headlamp with new batteries
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Pads/tampons (if needed) 


  • Small pocket knife (for chopping vegetables/food preparation)
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera and film
  • Small notebook and pen
  • Musical instruments