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Gear List for Back Country Backpacking

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The Essentials

Be Sure to Have These Essentials Along

□ Fire – matches or fire starter
□ Shelter – tent, tarp, bivy
□ Navigation – map, compass, GPS
□ Weather protection – for sun, precipitation and cold
□ Illumination – flashlight or headlamp
□ First aid – appropriate for the activity and group size
□ Repair supplies – multi-tool, duct tape, sewing kit
□ Hydration – water bottles and/or bladders; filtration
□ Nutrition – one day’s extra calories for an emergency
□ Identification – license/passport/credit cards/cell phone

Primary Gear List

Large Camping Gear

□ Internal or external frame pack – properly fitted
□ Pack rain cover
□ Small fanny pack (optional)
□ Tent or bivy shelter, fly
□ Ground cloth/tent footprint
□ Tent stakes – include some spares
□ Sleeping bag – temperature appropriate
□ Waterproof stuff bag for sleeping bag
□ Sleeping pad
□ Technical tools for your trip, as needed – ice axe, climbing rope, crampons, etc.

Small Camping Essentials

□ Water bottles or hydration system
□ Water filtration/purification system
□ Water purification tablets (as a backup to filtration)
□ First aid kit – including foot care, tweezers
□ Survival kit – magnifying lens, fire starter, survival cards, whistle, etc.
□ Emergency fire starting supplies
□ Equipment repair supplies
□ Duct Tape
□ Rope
□ Sewing kit
□ Flashlight or head lamp and/or small lantern
□ Spare batteries
□ Whistle

Navigation

□ Maps
□ Map Case
□ Compass
□ Altimeter, pedometer (optional)
□ Backup compass and maps
□ Field Guide (optional)

Cooking & Kitchen Items

□ Stove
□ Fuel for stove
□ Matches in waterproof container, lighter
□ Cook set/pot grip
□ Camping kitchen and/or cooking supplies – spatula, large spoon, pot holder
□ KnifeSwiss Army™ or other quality folding model
□ Cup, plate
□ Utensils – knife, fork, spoon or spork
□ Dishwashing supplies – remember to only use biodegradable soap, if anything
□ Trash bags
□ Flask (optional)
□ Food (see food suggestions below)


Clothing

□ Waterproof boots
□ Camp shoes or sandals – you'll want to try to keep one pair of footwear dry at all times
□ Spare laces (optional)
□ Socks that wick moisture – hiking weight, liners. Forget all cotton socks! Use merino wool or synthetics.
□ Bandana
□ Waterproof hat
□ Brimmed hat (may be same as above)
□ Stocking cap or ear band (depending on weather and location)
□ Gloves
□ Raingear – waterproof, breathable jacket and pants
□ Fleece, or wool shirt or sweater
□ Long sleeve, light weight shirt – great for sun and bug protection
□ Long sleeve, medium weight shirt
□ Light weight camping pants
□ Shorts
□ T-shirts – synthetic, wicking are best in most situations
□ Underwear
□ Light weight synthetic thermal underwear
□ Swim suit
□ Belt (optional)
□ Watch – waterproof
□ Eyewear – sunglasses, prescription glasses, contact lenses and supplies
□ Glasses band

Personal Hygiene

□ Personal medical supplies – prescriptions, inhaler, antibiotics, etc.
□ Pain reliever
□ Sun screen
□ Sunburn cream
□ Insect repellant
□ Lip balm – with SPF
□ Bathroom supplies – trowel, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products
□ Toothbrush & toothpaste
□ Hair brush/comb
□ Pack towel
□ Antibacterial gel (optional)
□ Moist wipes (optional)

Optional Items (Nice to have, but each adds pack weight)

□ Waterproof stuff sacks – for clothing and other gear. Highly recommended for organization, compression and dryness.
□ Trekking poles – we also highly recommended these!
□ Camp pillow
□ Water shoes
□ Gaiters
□ 1-2 gallon water bag/carrier
□ Mosquito head net
□ Candle lantern/candles
□ Book
□ Journal & pen
□ Playing cards
□ Binoculars
□  Spare batteries, battery packs, or solar charging panel
□ Camera, memory cards and spare batteries
□ Waterproof camera bag
□ Music player
□ Fishing gear
□ Hammock
□ Spare eyewear

Food Suggestions

□ Breakfast foods – instant cereals, breakfast bars, high energy bars, etc.
□ Lunch foods – peanut butter, crackers, beef jerky, cheeses
□ Snacks – trail mix, nuts, granola bars, high energy bars, etc.
□ Dinner foods – freeze dried dinners, rice, easy to cook entrees
□ Beverages – powdered drink mixes such as Gatorade, Crystal Light or Tang, coffee, tea, hot cocoa
□ Optional food choices – camp oven, fresh veggies, meat or fruit for start of trip, spices