Equipment


It is easy to overpack, but on any hike over a few miles you’ll be thinking perhaps you can do without that 5 lb hatchet, or the 15 lbs of other optional gear.  The motivation to pack light will come through experience.  Hopefully the following list (with tips) can serve as a generic 3-season pack-list, you’ll need to tailor it to each specific campout.


FOOD


(It takes some effort to get all your food-groups with backpacking food, and important to do so.  The scout-book has good instruction on this. Also, this is an awesome site.)
– PER DAY –
dinner
breakfast
lunch
snacks (not just candy)
water (if a water source is nearby one water bottle is necessary, I always bring two.  If access to water is restricted to perhaps one fill-up per day, at least 3 Liters of storage is necessary)

CLOTHES


(Sythetic fabrics breath well, don’t stink up as fast, dry faster,  are recommended all year round over cotton.  But in the summer you can get away with jeans/ cotton shirts.  Shorts are NOT recommended even in summer, to avoid scraping legs and brushing against poisonous plants.   Always keep an eye on the weather forecast at the trail and adjust as you get closer to an accurate weather forecast.)
usually one change of clothes will suffice even for several days
hiking boots
light sandles for around camp
change of socks
pants
underwear
T-shirt
long sleeve shirt
fleece pull-over or jacket
sleep-wear (depends on night-time temps, smartwool long-johns or just boxers)
Hat (beany for cold days/nights, brim or bill hat for shade during day)

HARDWARE


external or internal frame-pack.
mess-kit with utensils
camp stove/fuel
water filter and/or purification tablets
wash cloth
sleeping bag
sleeping pad
pocketknife
first-aid Kit
flashlight
matches/lighter
map, compass
trash bag
wet clothes bag

OPTIONAL


tarp (if rain is possible)
twine/light rope
camp pillow
alternate fire starting impliments
folding shovel
hand warmers

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