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Backpacking Checklist

Packing

  • Backpack (60-80L capacity)
  • Pack cover (waterproof)
  • Gallon Ziploc bags or dry sacks to pack (6-12)

Sleeping/Shelter

  • Sleeping bag (+15-32F in waterproof stuff sack)
  • Sleeping pad (closed cell, Z-Lite recommended)
  • Sleep clothes (only in sleeping bag, shirt/shorts)
  • Tent (one carries fabric other poles/stakes)

Head, Neck, & Hand

  • Stocking cap (wool or fleece)
  • Glove liners or lightweight fleece gloves
  • Baseball cap or wide brim hat

Upper Body Layers

  • Base - Long underwear top (if you get cold)
  • Middle - Short sleeve shirt (synthetic, wear 1, pack 1)
  • Middle - Long sleeve shirt (synthetic)
  • Warm - Sweater (fleece or down - NO cotton!)
  • Weather - Rain jacket (w/hood, no ponchos!)

Lower Body Layers

  • Base - Underwear (synthetic, wear 1, pack 1-2)
  • Base - Long underwear bottom (synthetic)
  • Middle - Shorts (synthetic, wear 1, pack 1)
  • Warm - Long pants (nylon, zip-off legs)
  • Weather - Rain pants

Footwear

  • Boots (well broken in!)
  • Liner Socks (synthetic, wear 1, pack 1-2)
  • Socks (synthetic or wool, wear 1, pack 1-2)
  • Camp Shoes (optional, lightweight, no sandals!)

Eating

  • Bowl (deep bowl made of lightweight material)
  • Fork/spoon (recommend plastic/aluminum spoon)
  • Water bottles (2 x 1L, Nalgene + 1 x 1L collapsible)
  • Food and snacks (with your buddy)

Toiletries

  • Soap (Camp Suds, Wilderness Wash, etc.)
  • Lip Balm (aka Chapstick)
  • Sunscreen (small tube)
  • Hand sanitizer (2-3oz bottle)
  • Toothbrush (travel size)
  • Toothpaste (travel size)
  • Insect repellent (share w/buddy, Ultrathon recommended)
  • Camp towel (small, quick dry synthetic)
  • Ditty bag (to keep all smellables together)

Miscellaneous

  • First aid kit (small personal kit)
  • Pocketknife (small, share w/buddy)
  • Matches in waterproof container (share w/buddy)
  • Headlamp (with fresh AND extra batteries)
  • Map & Compass
  • Whistle (on lanyard or attached to pack)

Optional

  • Camera (batteries and memory card)
  • Watch (inexpensive)
  • Sunglasses (inexpensive)
  • Notepad and pen
  • Hiking poles
  • Bandana

Crew Gear

Leave some room in your pack for shared gear!
  • First Aid Kit (in waterproof sil-nylon sack)
  • Stove (JetBoil for buddy or Dragonfly for group)
  • Fuel (canisters or fuel bottles)
  • Pots (if group cooking)
  • Cook Kit (spoon, scraper, cup, scrubby, soap, spices)
  • Water Filter (First Need XL and Chlorine Dioxide)
  • Water Containers (MSR DromLite & 10L bucket)
  • Repair Kit (sewing kit, duct tape, rope, & carabiners)
  • Poop Kit (shovel, toilet paper, and sanitizer)
  • GPS (in waterproof bag w/AA lithium batteries)
  • Tarp (ultralight group tarp for shelter/cooking)
Source: Based on Philmont Summer Packing List
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Brent Browning,
Apr 24, 2014, 12:30 AM