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Backpacking Checklist

Even experienced backpackers use a Backpacking Checklist. It is easy to forget something. It could be dental floss or batteries for your headlamp. Whatever it is, there is nothing worse than needing something and not having it.

Camping and backpacking require different equipment. Over the years I have created checklists for both types of camping. Each time I use a list I make notes to add something or scratch an unnecessary item. I have refined this list to this point for 3 season backpacking.

For winter camping you need more items such as crampons, snow shoes, snow shovel and warmer clothing. My wife doesn't care for the colder weather so I haven't done much backpacking in the winter. If I made a list for this type of backpacking it wouldn't be reliable.

This is a list that can be brought backpacking. After you copy and paste this list you can delete items that are not suited for you. You can copy and paste this list or you can print out this page but your printer will show you a copy of this page including the header and images. Click this link to get a printable backpacking list in PDF format.

First Aid Kit
Snake Bite Kit
Bear Pepper Spray
Water Filter
Water Bottle
Tent Footprint
Tarp & Ropes
Stove Fuel
Foldable Saw
Fire Starter
Survival Knife
Flint and Steel Kit
Waterproof Stuff Sack
Compression Stuff Sack
Sleeping Bag and Sheet
Self Inflating Air Mattress
Backpacking Chair
Backpacking Lantern
Headlamp and Batteries
Gps or Map and Compass
Trekking Pole
Rain Gear
Pack Fly

Water Container
Hiking Jacket
Pans or Cookware
Eating Utensils
Food and Seasonings
Trash Bags
Toilet Paper
Towels and Soap
Tooth Paste and Brush
Sun Block
Insect Repellent

If you take your dog

Collar and Leash
Dog Pack
Training Collar
Dog Bowl
Dog Medication

As you can see, weight is important and you want to minimize it where ever possible. Don't bring a large sleeping pad. Use one that is just large enough to fit on. Use the thicker and larger pads at the base camp. I made a pad cover out of a flannel sheet. The cover held our pads together and had a zipper to attach the sleeping bag. When we go backpacking and camping we bring just one sleeping bag. I wouldn't recommend this for winter camping but a few times we woke up and our water bucket was frozen but we were still warm and toasty.

I have omitted listing firearms and ammunition because when not properly trained a firearm can be more of a danger than protection to the user. If you only wound an animal it can become more vicious. Besides, in some places carrying loaded firearms is prohibited.

While you do not have to bring everything on this backpacking check list, this list is designed to help you to remember to pack an item. The list can be edited according to your preference and area where you intend to backpack. Click here for a printable backpacking checklist in PDF format.

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