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