Genealogy in the Woods 2007
Genealogical and Family History Retreat
Sky Ranch at Cave Springs
October 19-21, 2007
Same Venue as 2003 & 2005!

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Packing Ideas

Attendees will be staying in modern climate-controlled dormitories:   Carpeted individual rooms have tile bathrooms, common areas are not carpeted.  However, they will be venturing outside for meals and possibly other activities.  Due to the fact that the campus doesn't have covered walkways (though they are paved), keep in mind that one should pack for all types of weather.  Those that are native to the area know that middle to late October, almost any weather can strike.  From Indian Summer, to wind and rain, to sunny and cool.

If the attendee utilizes a walker, chair, or motorized cart/chair due to health, such items should be brought. Note: unless there is room to store such an item in the room (6 to a room suite), it will be left outside, on the covered front porch, exposed to the elements.

Couples traveling should pack separately -
they will be sleeping separately.
Couples or groups that wish to stay in a suite with less than 6 people can pay the new (per person) supplements and name their roommates.

Below are some general suggestions.  It should by no means be taken as a "master list".

Linens:  Since the campus doesn't provide any linens, take a good look at what you usually require for 3 days and adjust accordingly.

Sample list:
sheets and blanket(s) or sleeping bag (bed roll)
towels - bath, hand, etc. (washcloths)

From 2003 Survey: If soft mattresses are your preference, you may wish to bring a length of "egg crate" foam or other padding for added comfort.  These are dorm bunks with foam mattresses, not standard mattress and springs.

Clothing:  Wear comfortable clothes - this is a retreat, not fashion week.  If you feel comfy in sweats, skirts, jeans, slacks, etc. - pack them! Because one will be in and out of buildings, some may think layers are a good idea, where others tend to plan for the inside and just have heavy outerwear. Some additional ideas: hat/cap, jacket/sweater/coat, raincoat/poncho, rain shoes/boots, pajamas, house shoes.  Past attendees liked the temperatures inside, while others felt it to warm and still others felt cold.  Bring clothes accordingly.

Note: The while the dorm bedrooms are carpeted, the classroom and hall does not have carpeting nor do the bathrooms (tile).

Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, hairbrush/comb, hygiene items, lip balm, personal mirror, nail file/clippers/tweezers, razor, shampoo/conditioner/additional products, soap, sunglasses, glasses cleaner, contact lenses/solution. 

Lawn Chair: Dorm rooms do not have seating other than beds.  Additionally, if you care to participate in special entertainment, you'll probably want your own comfortable chair.  Your seat of choice may also be more comfy than the provided chairs during sessions.

Snacks: Alternate food and drink choices may be brought - however we try to have some snacks out at all times.  Please remember there is no refrigeration available unless you are bringing your own.  Contact us if you need refrigeration for medical reasons, arrangements may be made.

Other Useful Items: Genealogy, Genealogy, Genealogy!

  • favorite note taking material/office supplies (pen, pencil, eraser, highlighter, post-its/flags, paper, folders, paper clips, etc.)

  • prescriptions

  • neck supporter

  • small sewing kit

  • aspirin/Tylenol

  • antacid/Pepto, etc.

  • band-aids

  • camera/film

  • alarm clock

  • hair dryer

  • personal snacks (no refrigeration available)

  • coffee mug - rather than use disposable cups (provided)

  • sport bottle - to carry your beverage with you in covered container (cups will be available onsite)


Limited snacks and drinks will be available during the event as part of the all inclusive package.

Absolutely no firearms, alcohol or illegal drugs allowed on the premises.

Smoking is allowed outside of buildings only.

No Personal Pets - contact us if planning to bring a service animal

No road vehicles on campus during the weekend 
(unload at your dorm, then park in designated area)

Click here for our general travel packing tip page.

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