Backpacking ChecklistThis list below does not include what you are wearing at the start of the backpacking
trip. You should be wearing the following:
- Broken in hiking boots that give good ankle support (Tennis shoes should only be
worn on beachcombing hikes)
- One pair of polypropylene or other socks that wick moisture away from your feet
+ one pair of wool socks
- One pair of shorts or long pants, depending on the time of year
- One short or long sleeve shirt, depending on the time of year
- Briefs or boxers
Things required for each person. Pack your clothing in separate gallon size plastic
bags. You may combine small items like socks and underwear. Why do this?
- If the pack leaks, clothing stays dry
- You can keep dirty & clean clothing separated
- Bags compress the clothing so it takes less space in the pack
- If the pack falls into water, clothing stays dry, & the pack will float, and
not sink to the bottom of a lake or river.
- Survival Kit - See Survival Kit list
- A good backpack with a hip belt
- Sleeping bag with a waterproof cover (Winter-0°, Spring & Fall-25°, Summer-45°)
- Air mattress or foam pad-most important in cold or wet weather
- One pair of long pants (Jeans are not good because they get wet & stay wet)
Quick dry nylon ski pants are good
- Two pairs of shorts for warm weather. One may be swim trunks. In cold weather skip
the shorts and bring 2 pairs of long pants
- One long sleeve shirt. Wool is best because it dries quickly
- 2-4 underwear-depending on trip length
- 2-4 t-shirts, depending on trip length. You might want to bring quick drying polypropylene
shirts instead of cotton
- Two pairs of socks, one polypropylene and one wool
- One wool hat for cold rainy days
- Long johns (Tops & bottoms) (In the mountains, bring these in all 4 seasons.
In the Midwest, only skip summer.)
- One wool sweater (One that compresses well)
- One rain jacket or poncho with hood
- Mittens in winter, Gloves in spring and fall
- Two garbage bags or one good pack cover
- Small towel for yourself & one for dishes
- Ivory or other biodegradable hand and dish soap. If you bring shampoo make sure
it is also biodegradable
- One roll of toilet paper & matches to burn it after use
- Pad & pencil for log or messages
- One quart plastic water bottle with a wide mouth
- Water filter or water purification pills
- A fork and spoon
- Plastic drinking cup (Metal cups burn your lips)
- A 2-quart cooking pot (Avoid Boy Scout mess kits)
- A piece of aluminum foil for a pot lid
- Plastic bowl for eating. A pot lid can serve as a bowl
- Medicines or vitamins you take daily
- Sun glasses
Things that need to be brought by only one of partners
- Pancake griddle (6"x6")
- Pancake turner.
- One dish cleaning pad. Avoid SOS pads with soap.
- Small bottle of biodegradable dish soap.
- One G.I. can opener if you have cans (Try to avoid)
- Stove with extra fuel.
- Flashlight with new batteries. For long trips, bring an extra bulb and extra batteries.
- One small tube of toothpaste
- Needle and thread.
- Sun block cream.
- Moleskin in case of blisters
- A tent that weighs 5-7 lbs. with rain fly.
- 50 feet of thin, light-weight, but strong rope for hanging food in bear country
or bring a plastic bear proof container.
- If there are river crossings bring 100 feet of rope to string across and hold onto.
- Tennis shoes for river crossings. Also nice in camp.
- Readin book
- Field guide books
- Air Splints
- Cell phone
- Wallet. Cars left at trailheads can be broken into.
- Car keys. Bring 2 sets. Carry one, and hide one on the vehicle.