REI Backpacking Checklist

Backpacking Checklist

The Ten Essentials

(for safety, survival and basic comfort)

1. Navigation

•Map (with protective case)
•GPS (optional)

2. Sun protection

•Lip balm

3. Insulation

•Jacket, vest, pants, gloves, hat (see Clothing)

4. Illumination

•Headlamp or flashlight (plus spare)
•Extra batteries

5. First-aid supplies

•First-aid kit (see our first-aid checklist)

6. Fire

•Matches or lighter
•Waterproof container
•Fire starter (for emergency survival fire)

7. Repair kit and tools

•Knife or multi-tool
•Kits for stove, mattress; duct tape strips

8. Nutrition

•Extra day's supply of food

9. Hydration

•Water bottles or hydration system
•Water filter or other treatment system

10. Emergency shelter

•Tent, tarp, bivy or reflective blanket

Beyond the Ten Essentials

•Daypack or summit pack
•Pack cover
•Tent, tarp or bivy sack (with stakes, guylines)
•Tent-pole repair sleeve
•Footprint (if needed for tent)
•Sleeping bag
•Stuff sack or compression sack
•Sleeping pad
•Pillow or stuffable pillow case
•Whistle (plus signaling mirror)
•Multifunction watch with altimeter
•Trekking poles
•Ice axe
•Energy food (bars, gels, chews, trail mix)
•Energy beverages or drink mixes
•Cookset (with pot grabber)
•Dishes or bowls
•Cups (measuring cups)
•Bear canister (or hang bags for food)
•Nylon cord (50 feet for hanging food)
•Backup water treatment (e.g., halogens)
•Collapsible sink or container
•Packable lantern

Clothing options: Warm weather

•Wicking T-shirt (synthetic or wool)
•Wicking underwear
•Quick-drying pants or shorts
•Long-sleeve shirt (for sun, bugs)
•Sun-shielding hat
•Bandana or Buff

Cool weather (insulation in Ten Essentials)

•Wicking long-sleeve T-shirt
•Wicking long underwear (good sleepwear)
•Hat, cap, skullcap, balaclava or headband
•Gloves or mittens
•Rainwear (jacket, pants)
•Fleece jacket or vest, and pants

Footwear; assorted personal items

•Boots or shoes suited to terrain
•Socks (synthetic or wool) plus spares
•Sandals (for fording, in camp)
•Camera and memory cards
•Route description or guidebook
•Field guide(s); star identifier
•Notebook and pen or pencil
•Credit card; small amount of cash
•Earplugs and eye shade
•Toilet paper
•Sanitation trowel
•Hand sanitizer
•Insect repellent
•Bear spray
•Toothbrush and/or toiletry kit
•Biodegradable soap (and shower bag)
•Quick-dry towel
•Cell phone/satellite comunicator/2-way radios
•Post-hike snacks, water, towel, clothing change
•Trip itinerary left w/ friend + under car seat

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
The Book On Hiking February 18, 2015 9:28 PM Andy D.
Why cotton clothing can be dangerous December 4, 2013 10:14 AM Paul
Getting ready for snowshoeing March 2, 2015 5:26 PM Paul
REI Backpacking Checklist April 9, 2013 8:28 PM Andy D.
GAS FEES BY AREA AND PRICE July 26, 2014 9:57 AM Andy D.
The Suggestions and Opinions Page February 4, 2013 7:45 AM Andy D.
Canadian Avalanche Association Bulletin November 21, 2012 6:35 AM Andy D.
Trail Rating System September 24, 2012 4:15 PM Andy D.
Trip Descriptions August 8, 2012 6:43 AM Andy D.
Common Hiker Coutesy and Common Sense. July 29, 2012 11:33 AM Andy D.
Update Carpooling Etiquette -Required reading io April 19, 2012 12:50 PM former member

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