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Backpacking Essentials

MAC – Backpacking Essentials
(Per Charity Loring)

Ten Essentials
1. Extra food
2. Extra water
3. Extra clothing (like a sweater, warm hat and rain jacket)
4. Map of the area
5. Compass
6. Flashlight, extra batteries extra bulb
7. Pocketknife or all-in-one-tool
8. Fire-making items (lighter, or matches in waterproof container, candle)
9. First aid kit
10. Sun protection (sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, hat)

Main Items
Pack rain cover
Day pack
Tent, poles, pegs, groundsheet
Sleeping bag
Sleeping pad

Cooking Items
Stove (with all accessories & parts)
Wide-mouth water bottles (two or three)
Cooking pot
Small plastic dipping/measuring cup
Cup or mug
Pot scrubber

Clothing Items
Boots or hiking shoes
Sandals (campwear, wading streams)
Waterproof clothing bag
Socks, inner and/or outer
Pants (non-cotton)
Pile/fleece jacket
Shirts (long-sleeve and short-sleeve)
Bathing Suit
Hat for sun protection
Fleece headband
Cold-weather hat (covers ears)
Thin, lightweight gloves 
Rain Pants
Long Underwear *

Camera/GPS/Playing Cards

Other items 
Water purification system (iodine or filter, etc)
Lip sunscreen 
Insect Repellant
Biodegradable Liquid Soap (Campsuds)
Toilet paper in plastic/ DIGGING TROWEL for catholes
Hand sanitizer
Plastic bags (grocery bags, garbage bags)

Extra lighter
Extra flashlight bulbs
Extra batteries
Extra pack buckles (waist buckle, 3/4" buckle)
Extra draw cord toggles
ThermaRest and tent patch kit
Stove maintenance kit
Tent pole repair tube
Sewing kit (w/heavy duty needle, thread)
Small length of wire
Duct tape
Nylon cord

First Aid Kit
Extra-Strength Tylenol or aspirin (12 tablets)
Cold medicine, cough drops
Ibuprofin for pain anywhere on body (12 tablets)
Antacid tablets (6 tablets)
Antibiotic ointment
Antiseptic towelettes
Adhesive bandages of various sizes (12 one-inch)
Butterfly adhesive bandages (6, various sizes)
Roller gauze (2 rolls, 2" x 5 yd.)
Burn cream
Medical tape (2" roll)
Krazy Glue (to close minor cuts)
Elastic bandages
Safety Pins
Needle, Tweezers
Scissors and/or razor blade

*For Colder weather

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Manistee Backpacking - Short Version Itinerary May 26, 2013 3:24 PM Charity M.
Backpacking Essentials May 26, 2013 2:57 PM Charity M.
About Michigan Adventurers Club March 31, 2016 5:14 PM Wendy P.

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