Course Packing List

Your course, in truth, begins BEFORE you arrive! It begins with you packing according to the below list, which are the things outdoor professionals use to treat patients in the backcountry. There are no fashion points, we encourage you to borrow from friends or check out secondhand stores for any items you’re missing, and the course will cover why these things are needed, but please trust us: It is vitally important that you bring everything on this list so you can be successful in class.

Your Train NEK course consists of different learning environments, all outdoors:

Lectures where you’ll be sitting in a chair in our outdoor classroom.

Practical Sessions and Scenarios where you’ll be kneeling and rolling around on wet, muddy, rocky ground in all but extreme weather conditions, pretending to be hurt and practicing your rescue skills.

Mock Rescue (WFRs only): At some point toward the end of the class you will be traveling / hiking as a group to perform a mock patient rescue. While this generally occurs during the day, some groups have the option to do this after dusk.

It’s Vermont! Expect a mix of bright sun, strong winds, rain, hail and/or snow. The more prepared you are to stay warm and comfortable, the more you’ll get out of the course.

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Additionally, please bring the below items to class in any weather, to be used by you each day to practice treating patients. In other words, the below items are in addition to the clothing and other items you need for yourself. If you don’t want to get your sleeping bag wet because you’ll be camping, bring an additional sleeping bag or blanket. If there is particular gear you want to practice with, for example a SAM splint, then by all means bring it! You can share items with your partner, but due to COVID we aren’t otherwise swapping gear.

Trust us, we don’t care what your socks / fingernails / feet look like! But some people appreciate a heads up that we will be checking each other’s extremities on a daily basis as part of performing patient exams.


Travel mug, first aid kit, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, bug repellent, ball cap or visor, headlamp with extra batteries, duct tape, and again, any gear you tend to have with you outdoors so you can practice like you play.

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