Although backpackers would like to take as few items as possible, still there is a relatively long list of items that they will require. In order to make sure that you won’t leave any of them at home, it is best to come up with a checklist that you check each time before hitting the road.
It is just natural that there are some basic items you should have with you on each camping trip. There consist of a backpack, stakes and a tent, a sleeping pad, sleeping bag, day pack, sunscreen, headlamp, flashlight, and a lot of batteries. These are the items that you shouldn’t leave home without.
It’s not a characteristic of shallow thinking if you also consider the clothing that you will need. You should be thinking about boots, camp shoes, hiking socks, liner socks, shorts, T-shirts, pants, warm shirts, underwear, rain gear, thermals, hat with a brim, gloves, clothes for driving home, and a beanie.
Besides the basic items there are some essential items as well that you should never start a trip without. These are the items that ensure you that everything will go smoothly and there won’t be any major emergencies. Such items include one quart of water, lighter, matches, first aid kit, maps, compass, rope or paracord, whistle, sunglasses, and a pocket knife.
If you aren’t traveling on your own, there are some items you will need to have fun as a group. It’s not a must for you to carry all these items, but at least one person of the group should have them. Think about camping stove, windscreen, funnel and fuel, lantern, water filter, insect repellent, trash bags, toilet paper, repair kit, water storage, bear canister, scrub pad, biodegradable soap, towel, pot and pan, utensils, pot grip, cutting board, food, drink mixes, spices, GPS, snacks, and 2-way radios.
Preparing for the Winter
While it’s not that popular, there are some people who prefer backpacking during the winter. If this is the case you will need avalanche beacon, gaiters, boot sealant, snow shovel, snow stakes, pot to melt snow, snow shoes, hiking stick, ice axe, and crampons.
There are some items that you don’t necessarily need, but you might like to have them with you, such as cards and cameras, insulated cup, lip balm, medication, lotion, camp chair, hiking poles, bandanna, and stash bags.