Backpacking Checklist

Use our comprehensive checklist to ensure you have all the essentials for a safe and enjoyable adventure in the great outdoors.

Essential Gear

  • Backpack: Durable, comfortable, and sized appropriately for your trip.
  • Tent: Lightweight, easy to set up, and suitable for the weather conditions.
  • Sleeping Bag: Rated for the expected temperatures.
  • Sleeping Pad: Provides insulation and comfort.


  • Base Layers: Moisture-wicking underwear and shirts.
  • Insulating Layers: Fleece or down jacket.
  • Outer Layers: Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants.
  • Hiking Boots/Shoes: Broken in and weather-appropriate.
  • Socks: Wool or synthetic, and extra pairs.
  • Hat/Gloves: For sun protection or warmth, depending on the season.

Cooking and Hydration

  • Stove and Fuel: Lightweight and appropriate for your cooking needs.
  • Cookware: Pot, pan, and utensils.
  • Food: Lightweight, high-calorie meals and snacks.
  • Water Bottles/Hydration System: Sufficient capacity for your trip.
  • Water Filter/Purification: Tablets or portable filter.

Navigation and Safety

  • Map and Compass: Waterproof or in a waterproof case.
  • GPS Device: With extra batteries or power source.
  • First Aid Kit: Comprehensive and personalized to your needs.
  • Headlamp/Flashlight: With extra batteries.
  • Multi-tool/Knife: For various tasks and emergencies.
  • Fire Starting Kit: Matches, lighter, and fire starter.
  • Emergency Shelter: Lightweight tarp or bivy sack.
  • Whistle: For signaling.

Personal Items

  • Toiletries: Biodegradable soap, toothbrush, toothpaste.
  • Trowel: For digging cat holes.
  • Toilet Paper: Stored in a waterproof bag.
  • Insect Repellent: Suitable for the environment.
  • Sunscreen and Lip Balm: High SPF for protection.
  • Personal Identification: ID, permits, and emergency contacts.
  • Cash/Card: For unexpected expenses.

Optional Items

  • Trekking Poles: For stability and reducing strain.
  • Camera: For capturing memories.
  • Binoculars: For wildlife observation.
  • Book/Journal: For leisure and note-taking.
  • Portable Charger: For electronic devices.

Packing Tips

  • Pack Light: Only bring what you need.
  • Distribute Weight: Pack heavier items close to your back.
  • Organize Gear: Use stuff sacks or compartments to keep items accessible.
  • Test Your Pack: Ensure it’s comfortable and balanced before the trip.