When you are selecting a backpacking destination, please consider your skill level, the time of year to go, navigation, and that it will be fun!
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- Backpacking pack - internal frame suggested
- Lightweight tent
- Inflatable pad or foam pad
- Synthetic or down sleeping bag - sleeping bags come in different temperatures to keep you warm in various weather. Make sure you have a warm enough bag. For backpacking, we suggest at least a 20 degree bag.
- Compression Sack - used to compress/stuff your sleeping bag into.
- First Aid Kit - size dependant on number of backpackers
- Extra batteries
- Lighter & matches
- Map & compass
- Toilet paper sealed in a ziplock baggy
- Cathole sanitation trowel - Be aware of the areas Leave No Trace principles.
- Toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, etc. - Make sure these are as small as possible
Clothing (The amount of clothing varies on the length of your backpacking trip):
- Lightweight long pants
- T-shirts - nylon/synthetic is best, especially in cooler weather
- Hiking socks - Avoid wearing cotton socks, synthetic or wool is recommended. Smartwool is a good option.
- Lightweight jacket or sweater - consider using fleece jackets because they are light and warm.
- Lightweight puffy down jacket
- Rain jacket & pants - You never know when or if it will rain. Rain can come quick when in the mountains and it is best to always be prepared.
- Long underwear
- Sandals - To wear when just chilling around camp. It is nice to kick off the boots after hiking all day.
- Lightweight backpacking stove
- Pot set
- Cooking utensils, bowl, and cup
- Soap and sponge
- Food - We highly recommend Mountain House meals, all you have to do is add hot water and let it sit for ten minutes. Lasagna, chicken & rice, beef stroganoff, etc.)
- Water Filter
- Insect repellant
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