On another note as a first timer you will probably overpack on warm outdoor clothes. While it’s cold when you first arrive, by the mid summer the temps go above freezing most days and you won’t need much more than a couple layers of tshirts and a light jacket. Here is a good hint they won’t tell you in the book. When you get to clothing distribution, look on the wall at all the available clothing. You will see a lightweight red columbia sportswear jacket that is perfect for those lazy days of summer. It won’t be on your issue, you will have to ask for it. Another good extra choice are the field trousers. They are wind resisistant and will keep you fairly warm if you have a pair of sweats on underneath.
Other things to pack. Bring a halloween costume. The party is one of the summer highlights. Some get very elaborate.
bring a pair of tennis shoes for the gyms. You can wear them around town, but be forewarned that the volcanic rock will wear them out pretty quick. A pair of lightweight hiking shoes is a good idea for everyday shoes. Except on the coldest of days, or when you are hiking out on the Castle Rock loop, you will not want to wear your bunny boots. The bunny boots are warm, but not so comfortable.
So that you don’t look like a thousand other fingies in a red coat, bring something colorful that sets you apart from everyone else. -a hat, scarf etc.
pack light- it’s a real pain to be lugging a ton of clothes halfway across the world.
You can send clothes in the mail, but sometimes you won’t get your mail until christmas, halfway through the season. If you do mail. Send in very small packages that can be thrown in small places on the planes. Big packages can sit a long time. Best yet is to send in Priority Mail envelopes.
No guarantees, but sometimes it will speed things up.