Backpacking Equipment Checklist

Here is my checklist for essential backpacking gear. You can add missing items in the comments. Have fun & be safe!

Navigation

  • Map
  • Compass

Sun Protection

  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses

Clothing – Adjust as necessary for the temperature and weather you plan on exploring.

  • Fleece jacket
  • Windbreaker (waterproof)
  • Rain pants
  • Socks (lots)
  • Mid weight shirt (smartwool)
  • T-shirt
  • Longsleve sun-shirt
  • Shorts
  • Thermal top
  • Thermal bottom
  • Gloves
  • Sun / hiking hat
  • Warm beanie
  • Hiking shoes
  • Mosquito hood

Survival

  • First aid kit
  • Headlamp
  • Lighter or matches
  • Knife or multitool
  • Trowel
  • TP

Hydration

  • Water bottle
  • Camel pack / daypack
  • Water filter

Shelter

  • Lightweight rain tarp for building shelter
  • Twine
  • Spaceblanket
  • Sleeping pad
  • Sleeping bag


Storage

  • Pack
  • Waterproof trash bags (pack cover)

Cooking

  • Camping stove
  • Fuel
  • Mess kit
  • Utensils
  • Cup

Food

  • Freeze dried dinners
  • Fruit
  • Crackers
  • Hard cheese
  • Peanut butter & honey
  • Trail mix
  • Oatmeal + raisins
  • Loose tea + reusable tea bag
  • Bear canister (if in bear territory)

Hygiene

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Hand towel
  • Hand sanitizer