Treks offer acquaintance with nature, hard work, and living outside—but without the right gear, it can sometimes be a frustrating experience.

“BRING CHAPSTICK!” Rasmussen emphasizes.

“I wish I would’ve brought more socks,” she adds. And the type of sock can make a difference, too. “I went and got hiking socks and didn’t get any blisters, so that made everything better.”

But one of the biggest supplies that can make a difference is your pioneer clothing.

Rasmussen says the change in wardrobe (and leaving behind makeup and traditional fashion standards) helped her get in character.

“A pocketful of beef jerky never hurts either,” Baird adds.

But regardless of what supplies participants bring on trek, the things they carry away are sure to be greater.

“In removing [youth] from their normal, everyday lives, they have to be reliant on the Spirit and their physical abilities in other ways. They have to rely on members of their trek family,” says Gretta Millett. “To make a difference, they have to work together. Working together is a really wonderful tool for friendships, to gain an appreciation for different people—not particularly with people you may associate with regularly.”

“Kids will bear testimony who never have before. They have the opportunity to recognize the Spirit. Sometimes, there’s a first time for them to recognize how it works in our life,” she says. “That’s when the miracles come: when there’s growth and challenges.”