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 Light (This is a subscription site but has some good information that is free)
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)
* extra ziplock
brillo pad/few paper towels
piece of wire
*pad for ground
*DEET (or other mosquito repellant that works)
*Trash bag or rainshield
*Bear canister or rope, bag, carabineer
*a pair of pants/shorts
*shirt (long/short sleeve)
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