Backpack Equipment Checklist

Eventually you will find more than one list in these pages.   For winter backpacking, backing with kids and ultralight backpacking are all horses of a different color.   My backpacking checklst here is one I made to just check for the essentials to make sure I don’t repeat the time we went on a trip with my husband and I and both kids with only 2 spoons….or the time four of us decided to forgo the heavy tent for a pair of  tube tents… and it poured and I was the only one who remembered a tube tent!

So, enjoy and use this list so you don’t forget anything, and stay tuned for other lists!

Backpacking Checklist

  • Pack
  • Pack rain cover

Sleeping Gear

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Pillowcase (I use a 1 oz soft case that holds my clothes, you can use a stuff sack…
  • Tent or Bivy sack
  • Optional-Bug Bivy if using bivy sack
  • Tarp/Groundsheet


  • Rain coat/poncho
  • Wind/Rain pants
  • Sweater
  • Warm shirt/light sweater
  • Skeeter/Wind shirt
  • Tights (optional)
  • Extra Undies
  • Extra socks
  • Boots/shoes
  • Gaiters
  • Gloves
  • Fleece Hat
  • Shorts
  • Hiking hat

Ditty Bag content

    • Spoon/fork
    • Cup/Lid
    • Water purifier/iodine
    • Baggiesss
    • Minerals/Meds/Whatever U need
    • Matches
    • Compass
    • whistle
    • Map/wilderness permit
    • Flashlight
    • Reading Glasses
    • Sunglasses
    • Bandana/towel
    • Toothbrush/paste/floss
    • Sunscreen
    • Chapstick
    • Lotion/razor
    • Shampoo (or none!)
    • Needle/thread
    • Camera/battery
    • Bug repellant
    • Arch support
    • 1st aid kit

Misc (Some seasonal)

  • Water bottles
  • Bear canister/ursack
  • Stove/Fuel/Tabs
  • Walking Stick
  • Crampons
  • Snowshoes
  • Binoculars
  • Altimeter
  • Radio/Batteries
  • Sandals
  • Bathing suit (optional)
  • Nature Guides
  • Reading Book/Kindle
  • Tripod
  • Mosquito headnet
  • Silnylon daypack

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