Foraging Packing List

This is a suggested clothing equipment list, utilized by MSHI guides, staff, volunteers and participants. 

Foraging Gear:

  • Personal-use Free Mushroom Permit from the US Forest Service:
  • Whistle
  • Pocket Knife, Multi-tool or specific mushroom tool & brush
  • Gathering Basket or flat-bottomed bag. 
  • Soft-bristled brush, old toothbrush or vegetable brush
  • Safety Vest or bright-colored attire.  MSHI will provide a high visibility vest if needed.
  • Small tarp or trash bag: to spread out your mushrooms for identification during the program.
  • Mushroom Foraging ID book or app (optional) 
  • Hand Lens or Magnifying Glass (optional)


Wear synthetic (polyester, polypropylene, nylon, or acrylic) clothing. Cotton clothing is not recommended for hiking in the forest. Cotton does not insulate when it becomes wet from elements or perspiration.  Dress in layers in order to be able to control your temperature while foraging as well as resting.

  • Hiking boots or shoes
  • Socks: Polyester or wool hiking socks. 
  • Gaiters: Protect hour lower legs from moisture or abrasion when foraging off trail.  
  • Long Sleeve Base Layer: Synthetic or wool
  • Upper Body Mid Layer: Polyester fleece jacket or down jacket
  • Rain Jacket or shell
  • Rain Pants (optional)
  • Synthetic Pants: e.g. Polyester zip-off pants, hiking pants
  • Bottom Base Layer: Polyester or wool
  • Gloves: Warm and waterproof, e.g. thin liner gloves and waterproof shell
  • Warm Hat


(Approx. 20 liter backpack)

  • 2 liters of water: Filled bottles or hydration bladder. Optional electrolyte drinks
  • Lunch and Snacks: High energy foods, e.g. trail mix, sandwich, trail bars, beef jerky, hard-boiled eggs, summer sausage, cheese
  • Toiletries
    • Sunscreen and spf lip balm (SPF 30 and above)
    • Small First Aid Kit (this includes your own personal prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and blister care. Bring extra prescription meds in case of unexpected delays)
  • Headlamp or flashlight, with extra set of batteries
  • Bandana: Cotton OK
  • Extra Clothing Layers and Socks: Pack them in a dry-bag or garbage bag if weather shows wet conditions to keep in the car
  • Adjustable trekking poles (optional)