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Outing Equipment List: General

This is the basic kit list for most courses.

Please also see: Clothing and Survival Kits.


  • Sharp knife: can be a fixed blade or a folder, whatever you are comfortable with, though I generally recommend a fixed blade and a sheath that can hang on your belt. It is not necessary to spend $300 on a knife!
  • Light: headlamps recommended, flashlight acceptable.
  • Fire steel: (see link, or something similar).
  • Whistle: for attracting attention in case of emergency.


  • Backpack: something large enough to hold all of your equipment.
  • Sleeping bag: rated appropriately for the trip you're attending.
  • Bivy bag: basically a personal waterproof shelter for your sleeping bag. See link for one possibility. Some people have done this with just a tarp, but it's kind of a nightmare of arrangement when you're in your bag, so be warned.
  • Ground pad: for insulation.


  • Food: something easy to eat without preparation or to cook over a fire; enough for the duration of the trip.
  • Water bottle: minimum one liter.
  • Pot: steel, aluminum, titanium, whatever. Recommend size is 1 liter. For cooking and boiling water.
  • Utensils: preferably not metal.


  • Personal first aid kit: include any necessary medications.
  • Personal toiletries: including a small towel and toilet paper.
  • Sunglasses: especially crucial in winter.
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Camera: optional
  • Binoculars: optional

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Awesome article about Hypothermia January 1, 2013 3:22 PM Lisa C.
Outing Equipment List: Clothing October 17, 2012 8:02 PM Lisa C.
Outing Equipment List: General October 16, 2012 10:03 AM Lisa C.
About Massachusetts Survival and Primitive Skills June 3, 2015 8:18 PM Deb M.

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