Standard Backpacking

Standard Backpacking Checklist

Item
Notes
Priority
Check
Shelter
Tent, Fly, Poles, Pegs Group Item
Supplied by Club
1
  
Ground Sheet  
Supplied by Club
1
  
Sleeping Bag
Must be warm to -5 C
1
 
Sleeping Pad
Closed-cell foam
1
  
Backpack
 
1
  
Pack Cover
LARGE garbage bag will do
1
 
Kitchen Equipment
Stove Group Item
Supplied by Club
1
 
Propane 
Supplied by member
1
 
Pot Set/Mess Kit
Coffee-can billies work
1
 
Aluminum Foil
Many uses eg. billy lid
2
  
Spatula Optional 3  
Fry Pan Optional 3  
Mesh Bag/Tea Towel  
For drying dishes
1
  
Dish Soap  
Very SMALL amount
2
  
Scouring Pad  Group Item
Small
1
  
Dish Cloth/J-Cloth  
 
1
  
Saw  Optional Item  Group Item Leaders will bring 3  
Water Bottles w 2L H2O
Pop bottles work fine
1
  
Water Filter/Pills Leaders will have filters 1  
Insulated Mug
For hot drinks
1
  
Bowl- if not part of mess kit
Mug can do double duty. Margarine container will do.
1
  
Spoon (Fork Optional)
Most camp food is spoonable
1
  
Knife (locking blade preferred) Small, folding, Omit if included in Repair Kit
1
 
Matches in Sealed Cont. Container can be pill bottle, ...
1
  
Small Garden Spade  Group Item For calls of nature 1  
Flashlight (AA batteries) Keep small
1
 
Extra Large Garbage Bags
Have many uses
1
  
Extra Ziploc Bags
 
1
  
Group Accessories & Kits 
Medicine/First Aid Kit  Group Item
(May be shared unless noted)
Sunscreen
Even in spring/fall
1
  
Insect Repellent  Optional Item
Judge need by season
1
  
Moleskin/bandaids
For blisters, ...
1
  
Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizer
Doesn't clean, but kills germs
1
 
 
Inhalers, epi-pens, ...
AR
  
Ibuprophen/ASA For aches and swelling 2  
Antiseptic Cream For small wounds 2  
Alcohol Wipes For cleaning cuts, ... 2  
Antihistamine Cream
For bites, rashes 2  
Afterbite For insect bites 2  
Tweezers Slivers, ticks 2  
Scissors (preferably folding) To cut moleskin 2  
Nail Clippers   2  
Repair Kit
25-50 Feet Light Rope/Twine Group Item
For hanging clothes, repair...
1
 
Extra Flashlight Batteries
For flashlight & Camera
 
 
Safety Pins
Many Uses
 
  
Extra Tent Pegs Club tents have these 1  
Extra Clevis Pins External-Frame Packs Only 2  
Extra Shoe/Boot laces   1  
Extra Compression Straps For fastening articles to pack 2  
Extra Strap Buckles   3  
Large Needle & Thread For sewing repairs 2  
Swiss Army Knife/Multitool Don't bother with a cheap one 3  
Duct Tape (wrap around pencil) For misc. repairs 2  
Emergency Kit/Fanny Pack
Whistle Signal device for safety 1  
Matches in sealed container Small Emergency supply 1  
Compass And know how to use it! 1  
Topo/Trail Map in Ziploc When provided 1  
Non-breakable mirror Signal device 2  
Fun and Games 
Frisbee Optional Item
 
 
  
Travel Games, Cards Optional Item
 
 
  
Books/Magazines Optional Item
 
3
  
Cards Optional Item   3  
Log Book & Pen/Pencil Optional Item   3  
Camera & Film Optional Item   3  
Binoculars Optional Item Small! 3  
Field Guides Optional Item (Birds, flowers, ...) 3  
Clothing (Includes what you wear)
Avoid cotton and jeans where possible.  Pack in ziplocs to keep clean & dry.
3 - Pair Outer Socks
Preferably wool or synthetic
1
  
2 - Pair Liner Socks Thin, synthetic 2  
1 - Pair Preferred Item Hiking Boots/Shoes
Sturdy, preferably with ankle support
1
  
2 – Underwear
 
1
  
1 – Underwear Top
Preferably synthetic – available at Midfield
1
  
1 - Long Underwear
1
  
1 - Pair Shorts
These two items may be covered by a pair of nylon (not cotton) zip-off pants.
1
  
1 - Wind Pants
1
  
1/2 - T Shirts
 
1
  
1 - Sweater/Sweatshirt/fleece shirt
Synthetic preferred
1
  
1 - Shell/Windbreaker
 
1
  
1 -  Preferred Item Fleece Jacket/Bunnyhug
Synthetic fleece preferred
1
  
1 - Set Raingear (Must Have!)
Must withstand hiking
1
  
1 - Pair Mini-gloves/light gloves
For cool mornings; allow use of fingers
1
  
1 - Pair Warmer Gloves/Mitts
In case it gets cooler yet
1
  
1 - Headband/Toque/Warm Hat 
Ditto, also useful in sleeping bag
 
  
1 - Brimmed Hat Summer Item
Sunburn Prevention
1
  
1/2 Handkerchiefs/Bandanas
Several uses
2
  
1 - Pair Sunglasses
Not just to look cool
2
  
1 - Walking Stick Optional Item Makes dealing with elevation change easier 3  
Personal Toiletries
Toilet Paper  
There may not be any
1
  
Tooth Paste & Floss 
Look for small travel sizes
2
 
Comb, hairbands
In case you care
2
  
Glasses Case
 
AR
  
Contact Lens Solution Find small, travel size AR  
Toothbrush
 
2
  
Biodegradable Soap   2  
Pads/Tampons   AR  
Wash Cloth and Small Towel
for touch-ups
1
  
 Things to Leave at Home
Don't need 'em; don't want to see 'em.
Pillows
Use clothes in stuff sack
NR
  
Hatchets   NR  
Electronic Devices
Exception - Flashlight
NR
  
Drinks other than water
 
NR
  
 Food
Try to avoid items which require refrigeration; Specify who will bring each item.
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Usage Symbols
Priority
Optional Item Optional Item 1 Essential Item
Summer Item Summer Item 2 Desirable Item
Winter Item Winter Item 3 Totally Optional Item
Preferred Item Preferred Item AR As Required
Group Item Group Item NR Not Required