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BACKPACKING CHECKLIST




Wondering what you need for a hiking trip? Use this backpacking checklist when planning an overnight hike or tackling a multi-day adventure on an established route.

Any hiking trip will have its own particular challenges, so read up on the conditions before you go and adjust your packing list accordingly. If the trail is muddy, gaiters might be backpacking essentials. If you need to cross big snow patches, bring a lightweight ice axe. And if you’re going to cook in super-buggy conditions, a bug hat might become your favourite thing of all time.



CAMP AND KITCHEN GEAR

  • Backpack

  • Tent and tent footprint

  • Sleeping bag

  • Sleeping pad

  • Stove and fuel

  • Pots and pot grabber

  • Utensils

  • Dishes and cup

  • Water treatment orfilter

  • Hydration system or water bottles

  • Food + coffee

  • Lighter or waterproof matches and fire starter

  • Lightweight cold

SAFETY ESSENTIALS


  • First aid kit

  • Knife

  • Whistle

  • Repair kit and multi-tool

  • Route guide and map

  • GPS/compass

  • Headlamp or flashlight + batteries

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

CLOTHING (WARM CONDITIONS)


  • Wicking T-shirt

  • Long-sleeved shirt

  • Pants or shorts

  • Underwear

  • Sun hat

  • Hikihg socks and liner socks

  • Hiking boots

ADDITIONAL CLOTHING (COOL OR WET CONDITIONS)


  • Insulating top or jacket

  • Rainwear pants and jacket

  • Base layer top and bottom

  • Warm hat

  • Gloves or mitts

  • Gaiters

PERSONAL ITEMS AND ADDITIONS


  • Trekking poles

  • Toothbrush and toiletries

  • Toilet paper

  • Biodegradable soap

  • Pack towel

  • Phone or communication device

  • Insect repellent/bug-proof shirt or hat

  • Sandals or camp footwear

  • Earplugs

  • Trail permit

  • Bear spray and bear safety gear

  • Stuff sacks

  • Pack cover

  • Binoculars

  • Camera

Knowing what to take backpacking is just the start. And before you leave for the trailhead, always remember to check weather forecasts, tell someone about your trip plans and when you expect to be back, and stash a copy of your trip plan in the car at the trailhead.


Source: https://www.mec.ca


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