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Backpacking Checklist : Important
Backpacking Equipment needed for a great trip!
Use this complete backpacking checklist to
prepare all your backpacking equipment so that you have exactly what you need
for trip and a great hike in the woods. This camping checklist is the smallest of the camping
lists because you’ll want a bare-bones camping list with only what is
absolutely necessary because you don’t want to be carrying extra weight on your
back for tens and hundreds of kilometers.
If you’re interested
in more extensive lists check out the car camping list, canoe list or hiking
When backpacking, the
less you bring the happier you will be.
Remember: Choose the lightest option for
anything- for example, if you have 2 tents, bring the lighter one. Stove, pick the light and compact one. For food, only bring the amount that you will
eat. Only bring necessities. If you think ‘you might use it’, do not bring
Check out how to
choose the backpacking equipment by clicking on the links.
- Small Tent with groundsheet (or camping
- Warm sleeping bag appropriate for
- Sleeping pad
- Camera with enough memory for trip
- Journal, writing paper
- Watch with alarm to wake up
clothing. Bring a total of 2 sets of
lightweight clothing so that you can change into dry clothes when at the
campsite and for sleeping while you let your other clothes dry-out after you
wash them at night (if you want).
- 1 Sweater – fleece or wool. No cotton! Bring a second if its cooler.
- Long sleeve shirt – lightweight – I like it if they button
up to allow a breeze.
- 2 T-shirts or Tank-tops
- 2 Quick dry pants
- 1 Bathing suit
- 1 pair shorts (or wear pants that zip off)
- 1 Hat
- Socks (for number of days, or bring 3 and
wash nightly and rotate)
- Personally the more the better. Hygiene
is very important, and you don’t want to get trench foot or foot rot.
- Sandals to wear around the campsite in the
- Rain gear (top and bottom)
- Undies (for number of days or 2 and wash
one each night)
- Bras (one for every 2 days)
- Dental appliances (retainer),
- Feminine products
- Lip Chap
I like to have often
used items kept in an outside pocket or top of my pack so they are readily
- Map in ziplock bag (with compass)
- Water bottle
- Lip balm
- Matches or lighter
- Bear banger/ air horn
- A bit of toilet paper
- Important medications
- Epi-pen if someone has major allergies
- Tarp (optional)
- Duct tape
- Cutting Board
- Grill if cooking on a fire
- Work gloves for cooking on a fire
- Compact lightweight towel
Things you DO NOT NEED
for your Backpacking checklist:
around the campfire
This is a basic
backpacking checklist with only the basic backpacking equipment.
If you are camping
with a partner, evenly spread the equipment and food between both packs so that
they weigh around the same amount.
Check out the canoe
camping list, car camping list and hiking list for additional stuff to bring
for various types of camping.
Some other pages that
might be of interest:
How to choose the
right backpacking equipment
How to camp: Tips and Advice
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