The 44 Backpacking Essentials | One-Page Pack and Checklist
You always forget one item every trip. Or you spend hours meticulously sorting gear to ensure you have everything you need. Or you have no clue where to begin. No worries. We'll make sure you pack what you need and don't waste time doing it.
This is a pack list of the essential items needed to enjoy your time in the backcountry safely. We cut the fluff and keep it light. There are some scattered optional items to consider bringing. Open the Google Doc for a one-page printable version.
Related: Ultralight Gear Guide
2. Food and Water
|Cup (~1 L)||Food (~2 lbs per day) 31 Food Ideas|
|Spork||Water (carry 1 L minimum at all times)|
|Stove||Bottle (1L for Clean Water)|
|Fuel (Propane or Alcohol)||Bottle (1L for Dirty Water)|
|Lighter or Waterproof Matches||Filter or Purification Drops|
|Hand Sanitizer or Soap||(optional) Stuff Sack (~10L capacity)|
|Pack (~40-65L capacity)||Headlamp or Flashlight|
|Pack Liner or Pack Cover||(optional) Extra Batteries|
5. Sleep System
|Pillow (inflatable) or Lined Stuff Sack||Toothbrush|
|Sleeping Pad||Toilet Paper|
|(optional) Sleeping Bag Liner||Medicine/ Pain Reliever|
|Tent||Band Aids or Duct Tape|
|Fly/ Rain Tarp||Map or Navigation|
|(optional) Footprint/ Ground Cloth||Phone/ Camera|
10. (Optional Extras)
|Bottom Layers||Trekking Poles|
|Trail Runners or Boots|
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