Besides your clothes for dancing, knocking around town, and summer-time hiking, here's a list of items to help get you started.

Be sure to check the weather in Moab for the dates you are coming prior to packing. The weather in Moab (in May) is variable from rain and cold, to sunshine and intense heat! Check the weather before packing!

If you are flying and camping, consider mailing some equipment in advance (it might cost less than extra bag fees). 


The items in bold are essential in terms of your comfort and enjoyment while in Moab.

  • Dance-Related stuff

    • Extra tee shirts/dance pants (clothes get sweaty in the afternoon if the weather is hot, and it's nice to have plenty of changes of clothes.)

    • Kneepads (we will have some for sale for $20/pair in the lobby of the MARC)

    • water bottle

    • journal/notebook, art supplies

  • Sun Protection

    • sunscreen

    • sun hat

    • sunglasses

    • light-weight clothes for sun protection

  • Water Play (for trips up Mill Creek Canyon, around Ken's Lake and on the Campout)

    • shoes for water that you can also hike in (Chacos, Tevas, etc.)

    • towel for swimming, towel for bathing

    • swimsuit (Swimming or sunbathing naked is not the norm in Utah, and some locals object to public nudity due to their religious beliefs -- we feel it's important to respect the local culture, and rangers may issue a ticket to those on public lands who are swimming/hanging out without clothes.)

  • Basic Outdoor Adventure ( the usual range is 50°F-65°F for nighttime lows and 75°F-95°F for daytime highs; but prepare for rain/hail/wind, and lows of 40°F.)

    • light hiking shoes

    • rain jacket with a hood

    • 2 layers of warm fleece/synthetic or wool (preferably not cotton) (for night time or thunder storms)

    • day pack/small backpack

    • warm hat, light gloves

    • bandana (small cotton cloth)

    • small first aid kit, personal medications

  • Food Cooking and Storage

    • cup, bowl, plate, knife, fork, spoon (the MARC kitchen does not have enough for everyone - please bring your own if possible)

    • If you are driving to Moab, and can bring - large bowls, pots, pans, tupperware-type containers, serving spoons, and knives for group meals

    • personal cooking gear (pots, pans, spatulas, knives, cutting board, sponge, biodegradable soap, trash bags, etc.)

    • optional: cook stove & fuel (most campers cook all meals at the MARC kitchen; most do not prepare anything besides tea/coffee, or maybe a pot of oatmeal, at the campground.)

    • optional: other food prep equipment as needed (blender, food processor, coffee maker, etc.)

    • optional: cooler & ice packs, critter-proof plastic bins for food storage at the campground or at the MARC

    • we provide basic condiments/staples in the MARC kitchen and there is brown rice available for partipants.) See the tab under "Food & Meals" for a full list of items we will have on hand.

  • Camping Equipment

    • tent (it is essential you bring a rainfly and have stakes and cord to tie down your tent.” It can get very windy at the campground and tents will fly away without proper staking!

    • sleeping bag

    • sleeping pad, pillow

    • headlamp or flashlight

    • 1 or 2 personal water bottles

    • large refillable water container(s) (no drinking water available at Ken's Lake; you can pick up gallon jugs at City Market in Moab)

    • ground cloth/tarp for under tent, plus extra tarp or sheet making shade, or for use as a picnic blanket

    • optional: camp chair

  • Other items

    • toiletries

    • camera

    • binoculars

    • instruments for music-making

    • charging cord for phone or other electronics, plus zip lock baggie for electronics (in case of rain or dusty conditions)

    • favorite stuffed animal


DO NOT BRING PETS. While dogs are allowed at the Kens Lake campground, we do not allow pets in our group KL sites, and they cannot be tied up outside the MARC. If you leave your pet in your car, you will recieve a sizeable ticket from the Moab police, as it is not safe to leave pets in cars in the heat.