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Backpacking Gear Checklist

This is the gear, equipment and menu checklist I go over before each backpacking trip.

by Dave

BACKPACKING GEAR CHECKLIST With an outdoor activity like backpacking, it is especially important to check your gear and make sure you have everything before you go.

Equipment

1. Fire: matches, knife

2. Direction: map, compass, flashlight & batteries, scriptures

3. Protection:

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clothes: waterproof jacket, long and short sleeved shirts, pants, fleece, extra socks and underwear, and hat.

optional clothes: rain pants, camp shoes or moccasins. (For cooler weather you could add a parka, gloves, stocking cap and snow pants or gaiters.) Be prepared for rain or unexpected snow.

first aid kit: bandages (assorted sizes), gauze, tape, tweezers, scissors, needle(s), safety pins, aspirin, ibuprofen or Tylenol, soap, benadryl, neosporin, other medications as needed, thermometer, pencil/paper, molefoam or moleskin, and coins

food & water: water bottle, # day’s supply of food, and water filter, hip or day pack for side hikes

sun protection: polarized sun glasses, sun block (15+), and hat

4. Shelter: tent, cord/rope, space blanket or tarp

5. Cooking: 1-2 pots/pans, cup, plate, spoon, fork, salt & pepper, 1 gallon water bag, plastic sheet, food/bear bag and cord

6. Sleeping: sleeping bag, Thermarest or closed cell foam pad

7. Personal Kit / Sanitation: soap/shampoo, toothpaste & brush, comb, dental floss, toilet paper, repair kit (wire, tape, etc.), small towel, tweezers, chapstick, water filter, scouring pads or dish soap, paper towels, mosquito repellant

8. Pack, Backpack: add hip or day pack if going on hike or to a summit

9. Stove & Fuel

10. Fishing Gear & License if going fishing

 

Sample Four Day Menu

Day
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
1

Cereal
Milk, juice
Sweet Roll

Sandwiches, chips, Carrots/celery
Box drink/Kool-aid
Rice-a-Roni
Rolls, butter
Fruit punch
2

Scones
Honey, jelly, butter
Milk

Crackers
Jerky, chips
Dried fruit, nuts
Candy bar

Spagetti/sauce/cheese
French bread, garlic butter
Pudding
Lemonade

3
Cereal (any kind)
Milk (powdered)
Hot chocolate
French onion soup
Crackers, chips
Dried fruit, candy
Grape Drink
Beef stroganoff/pasta
Breadsticks
Fruit punch
4
Granola Bars
Hot chocolate
Candy bars, trail food
Raspberry Lemonade
Urban Survival Food

 

Sample Backpacking Cook Kit

Many of the cooking items in the equipment list can be consolidated into a backpacking cook kit. Your cook kit would include equipment like:

1. Stove w/fuel, 1-2 pots w/ lid, Spatula, Frying pan, Matches

2. Cup, Plate, Spoon & Fork (don't forget your pocket knife)

3. Salt & Pepper, Cooking Oil, Other seasonings

4. Dish soap or pads, Paper towels

5. Butter or margarine, Honey, Jam and/or Jelly

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