Backpacking Checklist – Don’t Forget Your Gear

backpacking checklist - be prepared

When you go backpacking the amount and what type of gear you take is determined to the nature of your trip and how much you can comfortably carry on your back. Too much and you’ll soon be wanting to lighten the load, and not enough you might have to shorten your excursion.
A backpacking checklist helps to ensure you don’t forget anything. If you are hiking out in to the backcountry you could be miles away from the nearest store. This isn’t the place where you remember you forgot some vital piece of camping gear or other vital item.
The backpacking gear checklist below is quite extensive and you may not want to take everything, but it will still help you to remember everything.

Packing

_ Backback – internal or external frame
_ Daypack
_ Raincover
_ Garbage bags

Navigation

_ GPS
_ Map
_ Compass
_ Shelter
_ Tent
_ Sleeping bag
_ Sleeping pad
_ Ground cover/footprint or lightweight tarp

Clothes

_ Rain poncho
_ Windbreaker
_ Hat – wool or fleece
_ Hiking boots
_ Hiking shorts/trousers
_ Fleece or wool jumper
_ T shirts
_ Long johns
_ Camp footwear
_ Socks
_ Underwear
_ Gloves
_ Gaiters

Cooking

_ Canister Camping Stove
_ Canister Camping Stove Fuel
_ Cook Kit
_ Cup
_ Plate/Bowl
_ Matches in waterproof container
_ Eating Utensils

Food/Water

_ Water containers
_ Water
_ Water bottles
_ Water Purifying Tables
_ Coffee/Tea/Mixers
_ Breakfast
_ Lunch
_ Dinner
_ Trail Mix
_ One days extra food

Other/Safety

_ First Aid Kit
_ Flashlight
_ Batteries
_ Whistle
_ Cell Phone
_ Sunglasses
_ Insect repellent
_ Sunscreen
_ Ziplock bags
_ Duct tape
_ Multi-tool
_ Trowel
_ Rope
_ Trip schedule left with friend

Toiletries

_ Biodegradable soap
_ Toilet paper
_ Toothpaste/toothbrush
_ Feminine hygiene
_ Towel

Remove any excess packing from anything you take with you – food often has a lot of unnecessary packaging. It takes up room and adds to the weight for no reason.

This backpacker’s checklist is in some ways similar to the camping checklist however, the main difference is the amount you can take with you. When you go car camping you can take as much gear as you can fit in your car and trailer and with backpacking and hiking it is restricted to the amount you can comfortably carry.

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