Backpacking Packing List

IMG_9683Packing smart can make your trip a much more enjoyable experience. Packing too much can leave your pack weighing too much and making things difficult to find quickly. Packing too little can leave you underprepared or even put you in a dangerous situation. Be sure to take into account the area you will be backpacking, the time of year, weather conditions, and other factors when packing up for your trip.

 

Essential Gear

  • Map
  • Compass
  • Headlamp/Flashlight/Lantern
  • First Aid Kit
  • Sun Protection
  • Water Bottles
  • Water Filter or Water Treatment
  • Food
  • Matches/Lighter
  • Fire Starter
  • Knife or Multi-Tool
  • Shelter
  • Insulating Layer
  • Pack – Daypack or Backpack

Optional Items

  • Stove
  • Fuel
  • A Pot
  • Bowls
  • Cups
  • Utensils
  • Cord
  • Trekking Poles
  • Whistle
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Pillow/Pillow Case
  • Compression Sacks or Stuff Sacks
  • Footprint
  • Pack Cover
  • Bug Spray
  • Toilet Paper/Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Journal
  • Pen
  • Cash
  • Bear Spray
  • Bear Canister

Clothing

  • Rain Jacket
  • Rain Pant
  • Insulating Jacket
  • Wicking Shirt
  • Wicking Shorts or Pants
  • Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Hat/Bandana
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Hats/Gloves

 

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Light Hikers or Trail Shoes
  • Sandals

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