Backpacking Checklist

The Essentials

Map Matches – in waterproof container
Compass Fire starter
Sunglasses and sunscreen Knife
Food Repair kit
Headlamp/flashlight Trip plan – left with a friend
First-aid kit Whistle
Water  

Clothing

Hiking boots Rainwear or outer shell top/bottoms
Gaiters Short-sleeved shirt
Socks (liner and outers) Insulating hat
Base layer top/bottoms Pants
Insulated top Shorts
Long-sleeved shirt (for sun protection) Gloves or mitts
Underwear Sun hat

Camping Gear

Backpack Cooking and eating utensils
Tent Water treatment or filter
Sleeping bag Toiletries (including toilet paper)
Sleeping pad Garbage bags

Extra Items

Altimeter Paperback
Binoculars Biodegradable soap
Rope GPS
Camera and accessories Watch
Notebook and pencil Change of clothes – at trailhead
Deck of cards Insect repellent or bug shirt
Sandals