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Equipment Checklist for a Typical Four Day Trip
For longer trips simply add food and fuel for the additional days
Optional luxury items are italicized
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Camp Gear

  • Tent with rain fly

  • Ground cloth

  • Sleep pad

  • Sleeping bag

  • Cup (insulated with lid is best)

  • Stove and fuel for three breakfasts & three dinners (lunches are carried in your daypack to eat on the trail)

  • Cooking pot(s) / pan(s)

  • Pot scrubber

    Can opener (if needed)

  • Eating utensils and plate

  • Water bag or collapsible jug

  • Backpacker's bear canister (group bear boxes are generally available, but have limited capacity)

  • Pillow

  • Chair

Food (4 day trip)

  • Three breakfasts
  • Four lunches (one of the four in your daypack on the first day)
  • Three dinners
  • Some food to share at one or two happy hours. Wine is supplied by the Section.

Toilet Kit

  • Prescription medicines (extremely important)
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Washcloth (or use bandana)
  • Towel
  • Comb or hairbrush
  • Toilet paper and trowel
  • Baggies for toilet paper




  • Waterproof rain gear (carry in your daypack)

  • Pile jacket or wool sweater

  • Windbreaker

  • Shirts

  • Pants

  • Shorts

  • Sturdy boots with lug soles

  • Socks

  • Underwear

  • Sun hat

  • Cold weather hat

  • Gloves

  • Bandana

  • Light shoes or sandals for camp


Ten Essentials Plus

  • Map
  • Compass
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Flashlight with extra batteries & bulb
  • Matches ('Strike anywhere') in waterproof container
  • Fire Starter
  • Knife
  • Extra food and water
  • Whistle
  • Emergency shelter (space blanket)


  • Duffel bags
  • Daypack
  • Water bottles or canteen
  • Mosquito repellant and head net
  • Sunscreen and lip protection
  • Glasses; extra contact lens
  • Sunshower
  • Camera
  • Fishing tackle and license


Notes: Safety matches are useless if the striking surface gets wet or worn.
Extra Zip-lock bags help keep all the stuff separated and they weigh almost nothing. They can be used to keep the trash and toilet paper sealed up when we pack out.
A bandana is light, it shades your neck when tucked under your hat and is refreshingly cool when wet and tied around your neck.
A hiking stick helps on uneven terrain and stream crossings.
Your personal first aid kit should include moleskin for your feet, antiseptic and bandages for minor cuts and scrapes, insect sting relief, anti-diarrhea medication, and your preferred choice in the headache category.
The leaders will have a group first aid kit but the leaders are not allowed to dispense medications.