Youth and adults will be wearing pioneer style clothing. This will create a more immersive experience and foster unity one with another.
You will need to make or find the clothes that you will be wearing on Trek. Ward buildings will host two sewing evenings in January where you will have the opportunity to sew bonnets (girls), work on shirt collars (boys), and satchels (all). Clothing can be borrowed from others who have been on trek before, or bought at a local thrift store. Ask parents and leaders to help you procure clothing that will not incur a financial burden.
Girls & Women:
- Long-sleeve, lightweight cotton shirts.
- Simple skirts that gather at the waist rather than a straight A-line type for better comfort and walking space. Mid-calf is the preferred length. Cotton or cotton blend fabrics, avoid bright colors that resemble flowers.
- Dresses are an acceptable substitution with the same requirements of length and fabric.
- Apron with pockets is optional. Aprons are convenient for holding bug spray, lip balm, sunscreen, etc, if your skirt doesn’t have pockets.
- Bonnet for head.
- Biking shorts, knee length shorts or bloomers under skirts should be worn to avoid chafing and provide comfort in walking.
Boys & Men:
- Pants should be ‘dockers’ type in an earth-tone color. No denim.
- Long-sleeve, lightweight, button-down shirts with the top of the collar removed with scissors, no sewing required.
- Vests, belts and suspenders are optional.
- EXTREMELY IMPORTANT…Hiking boots or tennis shoes with some traction are essential! They MUST be broken in prior to Trek. Consider wearing them on your ward hiking events leading up to Trek. Please be sure your shoes are comfortable for walking long distances. Having a back-up pair is a good idea in case of blisters or wetness.
- Wearing two pairs of socks at a time with the inner sock being thin and synthetic (ie polypropylene), while the outer sock is wool or a wool blend is optimal. Socks that wick away moisture are the most helpful. Socks that are a wool-synthetic blend can also help reduce the potential for blisters. Cotton socks should be avoided as they hold moisture and may cause blisters.
- Straw type hats that allow airflow and block the sun are recommended for boys.
- Bonnets for girls.
- Sunglasses are optional.
- Work gloves.
** The Stake will be providing sachel’s for the youth, so it is not necessary to bring or purchase one.