Backpacking checklist

Shelter

  • Tent
  • Fly
  • Tent poles or trekking poles
  • Tent stakes
  • Guylines
  • Groundcloth

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Sleeping pad repair kit
  • Pillow or stuff sack

Attire

  • Day clothes, including long-sleeved shirt
  • Sleepwear
  • Rain jacket & pants
  • Warm jacket
  • Hiking boots or shoes
  • Socks
  • Undies
  • Bra
  • Hat for sun
  • Beanie
  • Gloves
  • Neck gaiter

Cooking, food, and water

  • Cook stove
  • Fuel
  • Lighter/matches
  • Firestarter
  • Pot
  • Pot grabber
  • Dishes
  • Mug
  • Cooking utensil
  • Spoon/spork
  • Coffee
  • Liquor
  • Food (including extra)
  • Bear canister or bag, with rope if needed
  • Pack towel
  • Trash/recycling bag
  • Water bottles/reservoir
  • Water purifier/filter

Toiletries and comfort

  • Biodegradable soap
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses
  • Toothbrush & biodegradable toothpaste
  • Bathroom supplies (trowel, t.p., sanitizer, t.p. bag)
  • Menstrual supplies
  • Medication
  • Glasses/contact lens supplies
  • Comb
  • Hair ties
  • Nail clipper
  • Wipes

Emergency and navigation

  • First aid kit
  • Navigational aids (maps, compass, GPS)
  • Satellite communicator
  • Extra batteries
  • Duct tape (limited amount wound around other item)
  • Whistle
  • Multitool or pocket knife

Miscellaneous

  • Backpack cover (if not integrated with pack)
  • Trekking poles
  • Headlamp
  • Notebook/pen
  • Entertainment (e.g., reading material, cards)
  • Camp chair/stool
  • Camp shoes
  • Phone, keys, ID, cash
  • Camera (with way to keep waterproof)
  • Permits (if required)
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