Backpacking Gear List

 Are you ready to take the plunge and turn your day hiking hobby into a multi-day excursion? If you're new to backpacking, here's a list of gear you might need:*

 

 

BASICS                             

Backpack

Sleeping Bag

Sleeping Pad

Shelter: Tent, Bivy, Tarp, Other

Tent Stakes

Tent Footprint/Ground Cloth

Trekking Poles

Water Bladder/Hydration System

Water Bottle

Water Filter

Water Purification Tabs

Head Lamp

Extra Batteries

Insect Repellent

Sunscreen

Pocket Knife/Multi-Tool

GPS

Map

Compass

□ Identification

□ Permits 

Repair Kit

Bandana

Watch

 

 

COOKING GEAR & FOOD

Cooking Pot

Utensils

Stove

□ Fuel

Mug

Bowl

Scent-proof Bags

Food Sack to Hang Food

Paracord to Hang Food

Dish Cloth

Food

Snacks

Electrolyte/Hydration Mix or Tabs

 

 

TOILETRIES

Biodegradable Soap

Towel

Toothbrush/Paste

Toilet Paper/Baby Wipes

 

 

CLOTHING

Boots & Insoles

□ Socks (Wool or Synthetic; No Cotton)

Gaiters

Camp Shoes/Sandals

□ Shorts or Convertible Pants

Pants

Long Sleeve Shirt

Short Sleeve Shirt

Long Underwear (Wool or Synthetic; No Cotton)

Rain Jacket/Pants

Fleece or Wool Pullover

Gloves

Sun Hat

Fleece or Knit Cap

 

 

SURVIVAL & FIRST AID

First Aid Kit

Waterproof Matches or Lighter

Tinder

Duct Tape

Whistle

Signal Mirror

Blister Treatment

Emergency Blanket

□ Medication/Prescriptions

Tweezers

□ Pliers

□ Comb (for removing cholla cactus)

□ Poison Ivy Wipes

 

 

OPTIONAL/SEASONAL/REGIONAL GEAR

Bear Canister

Bear Spray

Swimsuit

Insulated Parka

Camera

Pens/Paper

Field Guides

Star Finder

Hammock

Camp Chair

Hand/Foot Warmers

Pillow

Instep Crampons

□ Cell Phone

*This list is not exhaustive and is intended as a guide only.