What to Bring

  • Plenty of clothes for a week on an island that has ever-changing weather: Plan for hot, cold and rainy, and possibly a straight week of any of the above!
  •  Something dressy for Banquet Night (it’s not required, but better to pack a skirt/khakis and not wear them than to wish you had)
  • Sneakers and/or rubber-soled shoes — at least two pairs. Water shoes/flip-flops are a good idea, too, since the beachfront is full of sharp rocks
  • Bathing suit (or two) and beach towels (the Island provides towels for showering and daily washing up)
  • Books, journal, camera, stuffed animals, games, musical instruments, kites, sports equipment (softball mitt/glove, Frisbee, football, tennis racquet, lax stick, yoga mat, etc.)
  • Sunscreen, bug spray and the stuff to make the itching stop
  • A flashlight or book light
  • Biodegradable toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
  • Cleaning wipes for those days in between showers
  • Spending money for the snack bar and gift shop
  • A reusable water bottle! Let’s set a good example for the adults

Consider leaving your phone/laptop/tablet at home. We could just say, “Don’t bring ‘em, they’re not allowed” but that would be hypocritical, since some staffers will have their phones and computers on island. Honestly, it’s your (and your parents’) choice. Please remember that one of our reasons for being on Star is to be in community; please use electronics in private, away from public areas where you may disturb others who are enjoying the natural beauty of the island. Thanks!

For conferees ages three and younger, there’s info on what’s provided by the island, as well as helpful suggestions for what to bring (and not bring), here:http://starisland.org/conferences/youngshoalers