PACKING LIST - overnight camping/hiking trips - warm, fair weather.
This list is posted here only as a service to my friends who are planning to accompany me on a
hike. To anyone not specifically invited to view
this list, I have this reminder: wandering in the woods will necessarily increase your
odds of getting lost, frozen, or eaten by bears. In short, use of this list is at your own risk.
All quantities are per person.
Not listed here: tents, stove, and "gear in common" such as insect repellent,
water purifier, matches, maps, compass, rope (for hanging food where bears can't reach)
a small or inflatable one will take less space. You can also use folded-up
clothing (inside a pillowcase).
Inflatable Mattress or Foam Pad
comfort is key
just big enough to hold the essentials
comfort is key
non-slip sole and support are important too (no sandals!)
If you are blister-prone, or are breaking in new shoes, tape your feet
Pack AT VERY LEAST 2500 kcal per person per day
About half of this should be in the form of granola bars or similar food you
can eat while hiking
Note that we have only a small gas stove, we are carrying the fuel on our
backs, and we may not have running water, so do not bring anything that
is remotely difficult to cook.
Remember that 2500 kcal/day is the MINIMUM to prevent fatigue and weight loss;
you use more energy when hiking, staying up late, and in cold weather.
I figure our consumption will probably be 3000-3500 kcal/day - but we'll eat
some of that before we hit the trail on Sat. and some after we return on Sun.
The way to fit all those calories into your pack is to remember that on a hike,
fat, sugar, and carbohydrates are your friends.
Carry 2 liters per person.
This assumes that there are water sources along the way, and that at least one
of us will bring a purifier;
otherwise you'd want to carry a minimum of 2 liters per person per day.
one with brim to keep out the sun
one warm wool hat for cold weather -THIS IS IMPORTANT!
Trust me, hypothermia is no fun.
wool, synthetic, or leather.
Setting up a tent with cold fingers is no fun either.
Be sure to pack one that's completely waterproof.
Also good for fighting wind.
Woolen sweater or fleece outergarment
Wool or synthetics are water-resistant and keep you warm even when wet.
Consider also bringing a second sweater, or a warm vest, just in case.
In case it gets hot, or as an underlayer for extra warmth
Consider packing a spare for the next day (your co-passengers will thank you).
three pairs: a fresh pair for each day, and a spare in case your feet get wet.
Make sure at least one pair is wool (keeps warm even when wet).
In case it gets hot
Pants or tights
wool or synthetic are best; you could also pack water-resistant "rain pants" as
a weather layer (esp. if you have only cotton pants).
Flashlight or headlamp
as small and light as possible
one small one for packing out food waste
two large ones for many practical uses
-waterproof cover for backpack
-segregate wet clothing in your pack
-container in which to hang food from tree limbs
(to keep out of bears' reach)
Medecines, eg for asthma, upset stomach, etc.
Tape for your blisters
If you wear contacts, bring spare lenses and solution,
and/or a pair of glasses as a backup
WHAT NOT TO BRING
Blue jeans - these soak up water, becoming heavy and cold.
Anything made of glass.
Any food that is crumbly.
Any food that requires refrigeration.
HOW TO PACK YOUR BAG
Water and snacks in outside pockets where you can reach them without removing your pack
Heavy stuff (like tents) at the bottom and/or close to your back
Food in a separate plastic bag (preferably double-bagged)
Stuff you're most likely to need quickly (like a raincoat or sweater) nearest the top;
least-urgent stuff (like stove fuel or spare socks) near the bottom.
A waterproof item (like a raincoat) on top.
Ideally, your pack contains multiple compartments which you can use to sort your gear and
keep it from shifting. If not, you can approximate this by sorting your stuff
into multiple bags, then putting these in your pack.
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