Backpacking Tips

Anyone who is just starting to backpack needs to do some reading before investing in equipment. Once the basics are bought or borrowed, start out with a simple overnight excursion. You can even practice by camping in your back yard!

Once you have a short trip or two under your belt, you will begin to figure out exactly what you want to carry and what you need to be comfortable.

Good sources of information:

Backpacking Lightweight

Backpacking Light (This is a subscription site but has some good information that is free)

Backpacker Magazine

Jill’s Personal Backpacking list (it’s not perfect, but it's yours to reference)

Items with asterisks* are necessities.

Items in red can be shared among between two or more people to cut weight

If anyone wishes to add to this list, please do so in a different color.

Jet boil (camp stove)

*Plastic bottle (s)
Water bladder
*water filter/tablets
* extra ziplock
suds bag
brillo pad/few paper towels

*water-proof matches
*small mirror
*duct tape
*head lamp
(extra batteries)
shoe string
piece of wire
mosquito net
*sleeping bag
*pad for ground
silk liner
pillow case
*tent/foot print
* knife
*first aid
*DEET (or other mosquito repellant that works)
*Trash bag or rainshield
Hiking poles
*Bear canister or rope, bag, carabineer
Wash cloth

Travel brush
Rubberbands/bobby pins
Baby wipes
*Toilet paper
Reading material

* socks
*a pair of pants/shorts
bathing suit
*shirt (long/short sleeve)
*rain jacket
*fleece jacket
camp shoes
water shoes/NEOs

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Event Organizer Checklist April 22, 2014 9:46 AM Tony S.
Ruby and Bill Jenkins - The Kern River Valley Days June 18, 2013 4:21 PM Alice
Bringing Dogs on Meetup Hikes December 30, 2012 9:58 AM Alice
Backpacking Tips August 24, 2012 2:53 PM Alice
So how long will it take to get there? June 22, 2012 3:56 PM Alice
Liability Waiver August 7, 2014 10:54 AM Tony S.
About Southern Sierra Hiking Club September 14, 2015 12:21 PM Tony S.

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