The Backpacking Gear Checklist

Lloyd Vogel


We've put together a backpacking checklist to look over when planning a trip! For newbies it's a framework to build your kit from, and for everyone else, it's a good reminder of what not to forget at home :) While we feel that this list is comprehensive, always make sure you are checking the specific conditions, hazards, and requirements for the location you are heading to.

Let's dive in!


Big 4 (Pack, Shelter, Sleeping Bag / Quilt, Sleeping Pad)


Cooking System


Water Treatment


Hygiene


Camp Clothing


Hiking Clothing


Miscellaneous


Optional

9 comments

CD Nester

CD Nester

Should make this a printable file with spots to add your own gear adjustments.

Mechanical Man

Mechanical Man

Forget the pillow, use your clothes bag. Battery bank, you have got to be kidding. Forget all of the electronic nonsense. You are in the wilderness to experience it, not bring society with you.

Peter

Peter

Porn mag

Vickie

Vickie

It’s nice that you have the battery bank. But how about the proper cords for whatever you’re carrying? That seems to be the one that people forget or lose.

Pecos

Pecos

After completing the PCT, I’d make these changes. A lightweight light colored wide brim hat to keep the sun off off . Light colored because it would reflect more of the sun’s rays back. Mine hat a mesh panel, but that an individual choice. I also use a buff which you can use to help keep warm at night and not need a beanie unless the temperatures are really cold.

I also carry lightweight water shoes, for stream crossings and camp shoes.

Jason

Jason

Great list! I’d add a knife, a Ferro rod, something to process firewood like a hatchet or folding saw, navigational gear (like a compass, maps, notepad, and pen), signal devices like a whistle, signal mirror, chem lights etc, a small roll of duct tape, and some Paracord or bankline.

Jim

Jim

There is one obvious oversight and I’m not sure how it was even left off the optional list, but COFFEE! Filter and/or instant. Besides that, it looks like a great list!

Peter

Peter

Add jack Daniels

Nancy

Nancy

Great list, Lloyd. How about adding Food/Beverages to the list?

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