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General Packing List


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Gear:

  Backpack with rain cover -- one that is the proper size and fitted to your body.

  Tent -- size and style appropriate for your activity.

  Sleeping Bag -- temperature rating appropriate for the season.

  Sleeping Pad

  Pillow -- a compact and light pillow is worth its weight in gold.

  Knife -- whatever you prefer

  Head Lamp -- and extra batteries.

  Compass

  First Aid Kit -- one that covers the essentials and includes items for foot care.

  Fire Kit -- go with what you know. 

  Trekking Poles -- telescoping, good quality and lightweight.

 

Cooking:

  Food -- plan your meals ahead of time. 

  Snacks & Trail Food to keep you fueled on the trail. Don’t over do it.

  Electrolyte Tablets -- if you'll be hiking long distances.

  Backpacking Cook Set -- something lightweight to prepare your food with.

  Backpacking bowl, plate, cutlery & mug -- something light weight and durable.

  Water bottles -- best with measurements to know how much you need to drink.

  Backpacking Stove -- needs to be lightweight and reliable.

  Water Filter -- needs to be lightweight and reliable.

 

Clothing:

The clothing you bring should be appropriate for the season and activity. Avoid cotton wherever possible and be sure to pack extras according to the length of stay. Below are general guidelines that you can adjust according to each specific trip.

  Pants -- synthetic and zip-off if possible.

  Shirts -- synthetic short or long sleeve.

  Hiking Socks -- synthetic or wool.

  Hiking Boots -- PROPER FIT AND WELL BROKEN IN!!!!!!

  Camp shoes -- lightweight sandals or Crocs types for camp/stream crossing.

  Underwear -- they should be synthetic and wicking.

  Poncho or Rain Jacket -- lightweight and waterproof, appropriate for the season.

  Coat & Gloves -- only for appropriate seasons and activities.

  Swim Suit -- only for appropriate seasons and activities.

  Hat -- appropriate for the season and activity.

  Bandana -- regular type or something like a Buff Headwear. 

 

Toiletries:

All items should be travel size

  Tooth Brush/Paste/Floss

  Deodorant

  Toilet paper -- rolled up in a zip-lock bag.

  Hand Trowel Shovel --  for when nature calls.

  Pack Towel -- synthetic and quick drying. 

  Bug Repellant -- with a pump spray, dependent on the season.

  Sunscreen -- higher SPF, depending on the season and elevation.

  Chap Stick -- with or without sunscreen depending on the season and elevation.

  Hand Sanitizer -- optional but a good idea and great for starting a fire.

 

Miscellaneous:

  Emergency Blanket -- the small ones about the size of a deck of cards.

  Emergency Whistle -- should be small and very loud.

  25ft. of Para Cord Rope -- you’ll never know when it will come in handy.

  Small Signal Mirror -- doubles as a personal mirror.

  Pocket Notepad & Pencil -- if you keep a journal or you can use paper as tinder.

  Wrist Watch

  Sun Glasses

  Camera -- small and durable.

  Musical Instrument -- like a harmonica, small and lightweight. (Optional)