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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

  • Water filter or purification tablets

  • 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


  • 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

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)


  • 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.

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Updated Nov 25, '08