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What to take Backpacking

What to take backpacking is a personal and geographical preference. You may want to pack light or carry some comfort items. Your pack should include items that suit the area that you are going to be in.

If you backpack in desert areas you do not really need rain gear and there will not be many trees to support a tarp. However, you will need extra containers for water and sunblock. I do most of my backpacking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire so what I take is suited for wooded areas with plenty of bugs and water.

This list contains links to other pages that describe the items in more detail and the type of items I found to be better. You can also download this list as a printable backpacking list in PDF format.

First Aid Kit
Snake Bite Kit
Bear Pepper Spray
Water Filter
Water Bottles
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

Naturally if you do not have a dog or if you choose to not have him tag along you can omit the pet items. However, even if it is in the middle of summer and the sun is shining you should still bring a jacket. Weather can change suddenly and as I said before, I would rather not need something and have it as to need something and not have it.

You can download this list in PDF format and print it or save it for future reference by clicking here.

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