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Trip Planning Assistance

Plan your Own Trips with the Adventure Program

Adventure Program Rental Desk Staff are excited to help you go on your own adventures with friends, fellow students, and group members. This page will give you some ideas and suggestions for planning a trip. Need help? Submit a request for Trip Planning Assistance below.

How it Works

To get support planning your next adventure, you will submit the form located below. A Rental Desk Staff or Professional Staff will contact you within the next several days to send resources and set up a trip planning meeting. In the meeting, you will confirm your interests, goals, and resources, and help you develop a plan.

Note that Adventure Program Staff are not responsible for your trip and may refuse a Trip Planning Assistance Request. Requests must be submitted at least two weeks before the trip date and Adventure Program Staff will attempt to support your trip as best as possible. Adventure Program Staff cannot offer assistance for technical skills such as rock climbing and paddling, but can assist on other portions of your adventure

Don’t Want to Plan?

Adventure Program Trips are a great way to learn about planning your own trip, get inspiration, and meet people. Visit the Adventure Trips page to view our offerings.

Trip Planning Assistance Request

Hiking is a great way to get outside and can be flexible according to your needs. There are many places to hike near the University of Maryland or within a short drive. 

What to pack: The packing list is dependent on your trip location, activities, weather, and more, but there are some items that are recommended for any hiking trip. This is not an exhaustive list and additional items may be required. Any of the starred items below can be rented from the Adventure Program, visit the Outdoor Gear Rental page.

  • A backpack to carry items with you (recommended)
  • Wicking clothing that will help with sweat
  • Layers to adapt to the current weather conditions, including cold weather gear if needed.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants recommended)
  • Sturdy shoes or boots and non-cotton socks
  • Personal items, sunscreen, etc.
  • Snacks and water


Places to visit: 

There are many places you can hike near the University of Maryland. This is not an exhaustive list, and you are responsible for following local guidelines for recreating wherever you choose to visit.

  • Greenbelt National Park
  • Patapsco State Park
  • Fairland Recreational Area
  • Rosaryville State Park
  • The C&O Canal

Backpacking is a great way to get outside and can be flexible according to your needs. There are many places within a few hours’ drive from the University of Maryland you can visit to go on a backpacking trip. 

What to pack: The packing list is dependent on your trip location, activities, weather, and more, but there are some items that are recommended for any backpacking trip. This is not an exhaustive list and additional items may be required. Any of the starred items below can be rented from the Adventure Program, visit the Outdoor Gear Rental page

  • A backpacking bag*, which is designed to carry heavy loads for a long time.
  • A tent*
  • Sleeping bags* and sleeping pads*
  • Headlamps*
  • A backpacking stove* if you plan to cook
  • Wicking clothing that will help with sweat
  • Layers to adapt to the current weather conditions, including cold weather gear.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants recommended)
  • Sturdy shoes or boots and non-cotton socks
  • Personal items, sunscreen, etc.
  • Food, snacks, and water
  • Depending on the accessibility of water, a purification method such as iodine is recommended.*
  • Food and an area-appropriate method to store food out of reach of wildlife

Places to visit

There are many places you can backpack within a few hours’ drive. This is not an exhaustive list, and you are responsible for following local guidelines for recreating wherever you choose to visit.

  • The Appalachian Trail
  • Assateague Island
  • George Washington National Forest
  • Jefferson National Forest
  • Dolly Sods Wilderness Area

Biking is a great way to explore your local area or go on an overnight bikepacking trip. There are many areas to bike to in our area and more that you can visit via car.

What to pack: The packing list is dependent on your trip location, activities, weather, and more, but there are some items that are recommended for any biking or bikepacking trip. This is not an exhaustive list and additional items may be required. Any of the starred items below can be rented from the Adventure Program, visit the Outdoor Gear Rental page.

Biking Day Trip

  • A bike appropriate for the activity*
  • A helmet* 
  • A U-Lock*
  • A backpack or bag you can stow to carry your personal items*
  • Snacks and water
  • Personal items, sunscreen, etc.

Bikepacking Trip

  • A tent*
  • Sleeping bags* and sleeping pads*
  • Headlamps*
  • A backpacking stove* if you plan to cook and fuel*
  • Wicking clothing that will help with sweat
  • Layers to adapt to the current weather conditions, including cold weather gear.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants recommended)
  • Sturdy shoes or boots and non-cotton socks
  • Personal items, sunscreen, etc.
  • Food, snacks, and water
  • Depending on the accessibility of water, a purification method such as iodine is recommended.*
  • Food and an area-appropriate method to store food out of reach of wildlife
  • A bike trailer or method to hold your gear.*

Places to visit

There are many places you can backpack within a few hours’ drive. This is not an exhaustive list, and you are responsible for following local guidelines for recreating wherever you choose to visit.

  • The C&O Canal
  • The Allegheny Passage
  • Patapsco State Park
  • Fairland Recreational Park
  • Rosaryville State Park

 

Car camping is a great way to get outside and can be flexible according to your needs. There are many places within a few hours’ drive from the University of Maryland you can visit to go car camping and will have their own activities. 

What to pack: The packing list is dependent on your trip location, activities, weather, and more, but there are some items that are recommended for car camping. This is not an exhaustive list and additional items may be required. Any of the starred items below can be rented from the Adventure Program, visit the Outdoor Gear Rental page

  • A tent*
  • Sleeping bags* and sleeping pads*
  • Headlamps*
  • A stove* if you plan to cook and fuel*
  • Wicking clothing that will help with sweat
  • Layers to adapt to the current weather conditions, including cold weather gear.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants recommended)
  • Sturdy shoes or boots and non-cotton socks
  • Personal items, sunscreen, etc.
  • Food, snacks, and water
  • Depending on the accessibility of water, a purification method such as iodine is recommended.*
  • Food and an area-appropriate method to store food out of reach of wildlife

 

Places to visit

There are many places you can car camp within a few hours’ drive and the location is dependent on the activities you plan to do while there. The Adventure Program recommends identifying activities first before selecting a campsite. If you need help finding a campsite that suits your needs, submit a request above. You are responsible for following any regulations and policies for the areas you plan to visit.

 

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