BACKPACKING LIST

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND:

My backpacking gear checklist. Simple. Complete. Don’t hit the trail without checking “THE LIST.”

THE LIST

  1. TELL SOMEONE WHERE YOU ARE GOING AND WHEN YOU WILL BE BACK! (#1 Rule)
  2. MAP, COMPASS
  3. TENT, POLES
  4. SLEEPING BAG
  5. SLEEPING PAD
  6. BACKPACK
  7. STOVE, WINDSCREEN
  8. FUEL
  9. COOK POT
  10. KITCHEN ITEMS (spices, oil, hot sauce, Swiss army knife, fork/spoon, lighters, scrubbie)
  11. WATER FILTER/STERIPEN
  12. KITCHEN TOWEL, WASHCLOTH
  13. TOILET PAPER
  14. WATER BOTTLE
  15. WATER RESERVOIR
  16. INSULATED MUG
  17. INSULATED BOWL
  18. DOWN JACKET
  19. LIGHTWEIGHT CAMP CHAIR (optional but nice!)
  20. WOOL/SYNTHETIC SOCKS (at least 2 pairs)
  21. UNDERWEAR
  22. LONG SLEEVED T-SHIRT OR SUN SLEEVES (Pearl Izumi makes them)
  23. LIGHTWEIGHT FLEECE SHIRT
  24. LONG UNDERWEAR BOTTOMS
  25. FLEECE GLOVES
  26. FLEECE HAT
  27. SUN HAT
  28. IN-CAMP/WATER SHOES
  29. HIKING BOOTS
  30. SYNTHETIC SHORTS
  31. COTTON T-SHIRT (because cotton doesn’t stink)
  32. SYNTHETIC T-SHIRT
  33. SMALL PILLOW CASE (to stuff down jacket into for pillow)
  34. RAIN PANTS AND JACKET
  35. GPS, BATTERIES
  36. BOOK/WRITING JOURNAL, 2 PENS
  37. FIRST AID KIT
  38. TOOTHBRUSH, PASTE
  39. SUNSCREEN
  40. BUG SPRAY (if applicable)
  41. CAMERA (optional)
  42. HEADLAMP, BATTERIES
  43. BEAR ROPE
  44. 2 CARABINERS (because they come in handy for bear roping, etc)
  45. COFFEE/TEA
  46. FOOD (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks)
  47. INSTANT LEMONADE MIX (optional)
  48. CHOCOLATE (not optional)
  49. SPOT LOCATOR BEACON
  50. CLIMBING WEBBING (if needed – to lower pack down ledges, etc)