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Checklist: Backpacking & Hiking


At whatever point you head into the forested areas for more than a couple of hours, you’ll have to gear up. Base your gear determination on the season, district and length of your outing. Also, recall, in uneven territories, climate can change rapidly and drastically. Administrative organisations at your destination will be more than happy to answer your inquiries and give advice.

The following list outlines everything you should brink on your next outing.

  • Daypack
  • Compass and/or Portable GPS
  • Food: Snacks and/or Bag Lunch
  • Water bottle and water
  • First aid kit
  • Fire Starting Kit: Butane Lighter, Cotton Balls, Strike-A-Fire or Trioxane Tablets, Fire Starter and Waterproof Matches
  • Sunglasses & Sunscreen
  • Extra Clothing Layers
  • Flashlight, headlamp or lantern
  • A permit (if required)
  • Shovel
  • Rope, Cord, or Straps
  • Whistle and Signal Mirror


The following items should be added to the above day hike list:

  • Quick-drying nylon pants or shorts
  • Short-sleeved T-shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Fleece or wool top
  • Fleece or wool vest
  • Two pair wicking long underwear (one light, one dark)
  • Underwear


  • Poncho or Other Rain Gear
  • Wide-brimmed sun hat
  • Stocking cap
  • Fleece gloves
  • Glove liners
  • Bandanna


  • Wool or synthetic socks
  • Synthetic or silk sock liners
  • Hiking boots
  • Extra laces
  • Gaiters


  • Backpack
  • Pack cover
  • Tent and rainfly
  • Ground cloth
  • Sleeping bag
  • Compression sack
  • Sleeping pad
  • Stuff Sacks for clothes, food and other items
  • Stove and fuel
  • Cook set
  • Drinking cup
  • Plastic garbage bags and freezer bags
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Pot scrubber
  • Water filter or purification tablets


  • Toilet paper
  • Trowel or shovel
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Small bath towel
  • Brush or comb
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Head net
  • Whistle or signal mirror
  • Pocketknife or multitool
  • 100 feet of parachute cord
  • Watch
  • Repair and spare-parts kit


  • Field guide
  • Journal
  • Book
  • Camera (with extra battery)
  • Binoculars
  • Playing cards or other games
  • Fishing license and tackle
  • Large fixed-blade knife or Folding Saw
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