We’ll load our own luggage onto and off of the barge and tractor, so pack everything in sturdy, completely closeable bags. Waterproof containers are best, since it might rain. We recommend using heavyduty plastic garbage bags. Mark bags clearly with your name or other identifier since it all ends up in a big pile. Bring a few extra bags in case the originals break and for the return trip. Westwind staff will transport our luggage to the lodge, but you’ll carry it to your cabin, which may be quite a climb from the lodge. Pack in something that is easy to carry. The barge trip and the walk to the lodge and cabins is sandy, and can be very wet, so dress appropriately. To help you find your cabin there will be a map at the lodge of the camp as well as a list of cabins for all families in residence for the weekend.
Suggested Packing list:
- Sleeping bag and pillow for each camper
- Towels (bring extras)
- Lots of clothes, including warm outer wear, raingear, fleece, warm hat / gloves (evenings and early morning can be cool!)
- Bathing suits (for mudmucking!)
- Two pairs of comfortable shoes one pair of closed toed shoes is advisable!
- Flip flops / beach shoes (The kids get wet and sandy!)
- Camping pads (If you need extra cushion.)
- Flashlights with extra batteries
- Toiletries, Bandaids, etc.
- Sunglasses, hats, sunscreen.
- Kites, Beach toys, Cards, crafts and games to share
- Personal health care items, medications, etc
** There are no laundry facilities.
Be sure to check the weather forecast for the weekend a couple days before departure to adjust your packing plans. Weather for Lincoln City, Oregon will pretty accurately apply to Camp Westwind. Rain is never a surprise, so it is wise to be prepared. Nights are cool and days can be sunny, so be ready!
It is always helpful to have a small fleet of canoes in camp. They end up being used more often than you would imagine. If you have a canoe and would like to bring it along, you are welcome to do so. Please let me know if you are planning to bring a canoe so I can have some idea of how many we may have at our disposal.
Cell phones, electronics
Cell phone coverage in camp is spotty. Some services can get coverage up on the upper floor of the lodge. There is usually coverage at the river front, which is a 1015 minute walk from the lodge. There is a phone in the lodge for emergencies. Please try to refrain from bringing electronic toys unless you simply cannot survive without them. The weekend is a great opportunity to commune with nature and friends, and you don’t need an App for that!
Alcohol is permitted, but moderation is expected. Because of our insurance policy Oya No Kai will not be providing any alcohol. You are permitted to bring your own supplies, but please be responsible for cleaning up after yourself. You will be asked to leave if you are unable to behave in a civil manner or are not providing an appropriate example for the many children present. No underage alcohol consumption is permitted.