What to Bring with You
First, I'm so very glad you are coming to the P4 Retreat: MONTANA 2022 and that you need to actually pack your things! We're going to have a fantastic time out in our remote, countryside cabin grounds, but part of being out in the privacy of this location means that we are not particularly close to town.
SO.... when you pack, try to bring as many things that you may need as the options to go buy something won't really be an option.
Suggested Packing List for what to bring with you to Montana:
Cold weather clothes, warm weather clothes, layers are good. Coat, or sweatshirts for a wide range of temperatures. The weather in Montana in September changes throughout the day: average highs in mid 70’s and average lows in the mid 40’s. Yes, there is a washer and dryer. No politics or profanity on your clothing please.
Pajamas. Please wear some. Yep, clothes are required at all times! Remember, we are all sharing rooms 😉
Hiking shoes or sturdy sneakers. There will be outside activities for those able to participate. (Maybe two pair of shoes in case one gets wet.)
Flip-flops can be good for water play, but also to wear in the shower if you are worried about sharing showers with others.
Swimsuit or water-wearable clothes for hot tub or kayaking and river play. Yes, the Retreat Cabin has lifejackets.
Toiletries. The Retreat Cabin has shampoo, conditioner, soap, towels, bed linens, or if you prefer your own soaps or towels, bring your favorites. Also, bring extra Clorox wipes if you want extra sanitizing of your own spaces.
Medications, prescriptions, and any medicines you may need for injuries your system tends to have, such as Advil, band aids, burn cream, itch cream. Bring your allergy medicines, Epi-Pens, Asthma Inhalers / Rescue Inhalers. We will have additional First Aid items onsite as well.
Sleep equipment. CPAP, sleep mask, sleep sound machine. Your own pillow. Your favorite blanket. Whatever you need to sleep. We want everyone to be well rested. Bring an air mattress if you need for comfort, or for more personal sleep space.
Bug spray, sunglasses, sunscreen. Comfort items for the great outdoors!
Lawn chairs if you are driving and have room.
Refillable water bottle.
Notebooks and pens for daily homework and journaling. Noodle is going to teach us all about writing amazing acronyms.
Art supplies. Paper to draw on if you have a preference, markers, colored pencils, crayons. There will be some art supplies at the Retreat Cabin, but you may also bring your own. (No glitter!!)
Your favorite night-night story. Miss Kathy might chose a few to read to the kids. (Gracie had a good idea.)
Toys or stuffies for your littles to play with, things for your teens, or your opposite gendered insiders. Every insider is welcome, and can be comfortable, and feels included.
Games to play. Board games, indoor games, outdoor games, card games. Many games will be provided, but if you have a favorite to share, bring it!
Joining in with cookie day? Bring the ingredients you need to bake 4 dozen of your favorite cookies (or brownies, or cakes, or pies -- any dessert will work, really.) We'll have some play days where we get to cook in the fancy kitchen and then share our cookies and deserts with the rest of the attendees.
Snacks. Snacks to share or not (or to hide from the Irises - who love snacks LOL)
Sodas. If you are addicted to Diet Pepsi, (like Iris), bring extra. Let the Diet Pepsi vs Diet Coke wars continue! If you are addicted to these sugary drinks, bring your own stash. We will provide some drinks, but not enough for those of you who need soda all day, all day, all day.
There is a Keurig coffee machine if you want to bring your favorite coffee pods. (Iris also loves coffee.) (Miss Kathy prefers mocha and hot chocolate!)
You can bring a tech device. Computer, iPad, phone, etc. Plan to secure your devices with a locked bag or locked backpack. Bring your own lock. There is no safe. Yes, there is wifi. However, we don’t know how strong it is, or if the house wifi can support 15 people on their phones at once.
Earbuds or headphones if you need to listen to your stuff without the rest of us hearing your music.
Fishing gear if desired. And obtain a fishing license in Montana. You can do this online. (Someone please go fishing with Jer.)
Bring your own tent if you want to. There's lots of space outside if the cabin feels too busy inside.