Backpacking Gear List Template & Checklist
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GO SUIT CLOTHING + ITEMS WORN
GO SUIT CLOTHING + ITEMS WORN
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ItemRankingDescription or PurposeExampleMore InfoRankingSelectionWeightPre-Hike CommentsCertain?AlternateWeighed?In-hand?PackedOther NotesPost-Hike Comments
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Hiking shirtCriticalPolyester, merino wool, or nylon. Knit, not woven.Sierra Designs S/S Pack PoloCore 13 Clothing: S/S & L/S ShirtCriticalSierra Designs L/S Pack Polo6.0For intense Colorado sun, prefer L/S & collar vs sunscreenY-YYDries fast, looks sharp, tough. Too airy for cooler trips.
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Pants or shortsCriticalLined running shorts or nylon trekking pantsThe North Face Better Than Naked Shorts 5-inCore 13 Clothing: Running ShortsCriticalHind Running Shorts w/built-in liner5.0Tested on day-hikes only. Comfortable, no chafing.NOOlder Brooks shortsYYLegs badly sunburned. Wear pants + undees next time.
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UnderwearOptionalFor pants & unlined shorts. Two pairs for women.Ex Officio Give-n-GoCore 13 Clothing: Pants & UnderwearUnnnecessary-0.0Shorts have linerY-YYJoe recommended his Ex Officio Give N Go underwear
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BraOptionalPack two: wearing one, other is washed & drying.Moving Comfort Fiona Sports Bra-Unnnecessary-0.0-Y-YY-
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HeadwearSuggestedKeep precip, sweat, hoods out of eyes; sun protectionHeadsweats Super Visor-CriticalHeadsweats ProTech3.0Unlike visor or ballcap, protects scalp, tops of ears, and neckY-YYLooks dorky, but works great
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Sun glovesOptionalProtect hands from intense sun without sunscreenGlacier Glove Sunglove
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SunglassesDependsGenerally unnecessary for East, necessary for WestJulbo DirtBuying considerationsCriticalJulbo Dirt1.5Polarized to reduce glare of lingering snowY-YNOOn order from Backcountry. Arriving July 15.Great purchase. Lenses too dark when in heavy tree cover.
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Rx glasses or contactsOptionalPros & cons to bothPreciption glasses or contact lenses-Unnnecessary-0.020/20 visionY-YY-
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TOTAL15.5
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FOOTWEARFOOTWEAR
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ItemRankingDescription or PurposeExampleMore InfoRankingSelectionWeightPre-Hike CommentsCertain?AlternateWeighed?In-hand?PackedOther NotesPost-Hike Comments
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ShoesCriticalTrail running or hiking shoes; avoid bootsSalewa Ultra TrainFootwear & Footcare - SD LIVE
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GaitersSuggestedKeep debris out. Ideal: breathable stretch nylon.Simblissity Levagaiter-
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Hiking socks ACriticalPolyester or merino wool w/nylon & elastaneDeFeet WooleatorMy 3-season Sock System
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Hiking socks BDependsFor chronic wet feet, take only Pair A + sleeping socksDeFeet WooleatorHow to: Minimize effects of wet feet
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Camp footwearOptionalDry & warm feet despite wet footwear. Not for day use.Travel or airline slippers-
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Sleeping socksDependsPolyester, wool, or fleece. Not for daytime use.DeFeet Woolie BoolieMy 3-Season Sock System
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TOTAL0.0
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CLOTHING: ELEMENT PROTECTION
CLOTHING: ELEMENT PROTECTION
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ItemRankingDescription or PurposeExampleMore InfoRankingSelectionWeightPre-Hike CommentsCertain?AlternateWeighed?In-hand?PackedOther NotesPost-Hike Comments
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Shell topDependsWP/B jacket, poncho, umbrella, wind shirtSierra Designs UL TrenchCore 13 Clothing: Rain jacket & pants
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Shell bottomsDependsWP/B pants, rain skirt, chaps, or wind pantsOutdoor Research Helium PantBackpacking in the Rain - SD LIVE
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UmbrellaDependsUltimate WP/breathable rain gear. Or sun protection.My Trail Company Chrome Umbrella
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Mid-layer topDependsFleece or wool. Buffers moisture & adds warmth. The North Face TKA 100 Glacier Pullover Core 13 Clothing: Fleece Top
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Trekking pants or thermalsDependsPants: bugs, brush, cold & sun. Thermals: frigid temps.prAna Stretch Zion PantsCore 13 Clothing: Pants & underwear
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Liner glovesDependsAdd warmth, keep dexterity. Fleece, poly, or wool.DeFeet Duraglove-
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Shell mittsDependsPrecip & wind protection. WP/B or W/R shells.Luke's Ultralite WP/B Over-Mittens-
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Insulated headwearDependsWarmth, esp for ears. Alternative: hooded jackets.Buff Wool Buff-
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TOTAL0.0
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CLOTHING: STOP & SLEEP
CLOTHING: STOP & SLEEP
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ItemRankingDescription or PurposeExampleMore InfoRankingSelectionWeightPre-Hike CommentsCertain?AlternateWeighed?In-hand?PackedOther NotesPost-Hike Comments
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Insulated jacketDependsDown or synthetic fill. For cool camps, rest stops.Sierra Designs Elite DriDown HoodyInsulation Geekiness - SD LIVe
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Insulated pantsDependsFor cold or long camps. Down, synthetic, fleece.WM Flash PantsCore 13: Puffy Jacket & Pants
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Sleeping topDependsPolyester, wool, or fleece. Not for daytime use.S/S or L/S shirtCore 13 Clothing: Sleeping Top
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Sleeping bottomsDependsMost warranted for wet & humid trips, not dryUnderwear, tights, or pajama pantsCore 13 Clothing: Sleeping Bottoms
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PACKINGPACKING
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ItemRankingDescription or PurposeExampleMore InfoRankingSelectionWeightPre-Hike CommentsCertain?AlternateWeighed?In-hand?PackedOther NotesPost-Hike Comments
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PackCriticalSweet spot is 2-3 lbs: durable, features, frameSierra Designs Flex Capacitor 40-60 Pack-
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WaterproofingSuggestedDry bags, pack cover, or pack linerBrute Super Tuff Bags 20-gallon-
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Food storage: todaySuggestedKeep in easily accessible spot. Holds today's rations.Ziploc Slider Bag - Freezer Quart-sizedBreakdown: A week of food
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Food storage: futureCriticalStuff sack, Loksak, gallon-sized freezer bagsLOKSAK OPSAK - 21x12Eating Right - SD LIVE
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Food protectionDependsHard- or soft-sided, to deter bears & mini bearsBear Vault BV500Buyers Guide: Bear Canisters
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Stuff sacksSuggestedAvoid over-organizing. I use 3: quilt, pot, accessoriesGranite Gear Toughsacks-
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Eyewear caseSuggestedMinimal weight to protect crucial & $$ item--
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TOTAL0.0
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SHELTERSHELTER
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ItemRankingDescription or PurposeExampleMore InfoRankingSelectionWeightPre-Hike CommentsCertain?AlternateWeighed?In-hand?PackedOther NotesPost-Hike Comments
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Rainfly or tarpSuggestedShed precip & wind. May be attached to inner nest.Sierra Designs High Route 1FL TentGuide: Tents, Tarps, Hammocks
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Nest, bivy, or hammockSuggestedInsect and ground protection. May be attached to fly.Warbonnet Outdoors Ridgerunner HammockGear List: Modular Tent
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Ground cloth or footprintSuggestedGround water protection. Keep gear out of dirt.Mylar emergency blankets-
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PolesDependsIf tent is compatible w/trekking poles = lighter Tent-specific-
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GuylinesSuggestedInconveniently located roots & rocks? No problem.PMI 2mm Utility CordMy Tarp Guyline System
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StakesSuggestedAvoid stupid-light stakes: they fail at the worst times.Kungix Y-stakes, 7-inMy picks: Stakes & Guylines
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TOTAL0.0
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SLEEPSLEEP
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ItemRankingDescription or PurposeExampleMore InfoRankingSelectionWeightPre-Hike CommentsCertain?AlternateWeighed?In-hand?PackedOther NotesPost-Hike Comments
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Bag or quiltCriticalQuilts: free but drafty. Bags: constrictive but warmer. Sierra Designs Backcountry QuiltInsulation Geekiness - SD LIVe
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Pad or under quiltCriticalPad: closed cell or air. UQ: down or syntheticTherm-a-rest NeoAir XLiteTips for Quality Sleep - SD LIVE
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PillowOptionalCommercial, or improvise: extra clothing in stuff sackREI Self-Inflating Travel Pillow-
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KITCHENKITCHEN
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ItemRankingDescription or PurposeExampleMore InfoRankingSelectionWeightPre-Hike CommentsCertain?AlternateWeighed?In-hand?PackedOther NotesPost-Hike Comments
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StoveSuggestedHot meal a treat at end of long & hard dayZelph StarLyte ModifiedGear list: The Dirtbag Stove
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Wind screenDependsA must-have for alcohol & solid fuel stovesSidewinder Ti-TriGear list: The Cadillac Stove
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Pot standDependsUnncessary if pot designed to sit on stoveZen Stove: DIY pot stands
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CookpotSuggested750ml-1L per person. Aluminum is best value.Evernew Titanium Ultraight 900mlDinner & Breakfast Recipes
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Eating bowl or potOptionalFor cook groups of 2+. If solo, eat out of pot.GSI Outdoors Baked Enamelware Bowl-
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Hot drink containerOptionalSmall luxury: drink coffee/tea while eating a mealStarbucks Reusable Mug-
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Pot lifterOptionalUseful for tippy stoves, if pot lacks handlesOptimus Terra Pot LifterGear list: Hot & Heavy Stove
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Fuel containerSuggestedDepends on fuelFor alcohol: disposable drink bottleGear list: Fast & Light Stove
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Fuel measurementSuggestedFor noobs, helps develop eyeball sense for fuel amtPlastic measurement cups - 1 oz
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UtensilSuggestedBest for most meals: a spoon. Metal or plastic.GSI Outdoors Pouch Spoon-
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IgnitionSuggestedLighter or matchesBic Lighter-
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TOTAL0.0
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HYDRATIONHYDRATION
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ItemRankingDescription or PurposeExampleMore InfoRankingSelectionWeightPre-Hike CommentsCertain?AlternateWeighed?In-hand?PackedOther NotesPost-Hike Comments
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Bottle(s): primaryCriticalSoft- or hard-sided. User-friendly size.Platypus SoftBottle 1L-
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Bottle(s): storageSuggestedFor arid areas & long camps. Soft-sided, larger volume.Platypus Platy Bottle 2L-
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Treatment: primarySuggestedMust be fast, or else every water stop is an ordealSawyer Mini Filter-
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Treatment: secondaryOptionalAs backup, or for large volumes in campAquamira Drops-
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NAVIGATIONNAVIGATION
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ItemRankingDescription or PurposeExampleMore InfoRankingSelectionWeightPre-Hike CommentsCertain?AlternateWeighed?In-hand?PackedOther NotesPost-Hike Comments
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GuidebookDependsIf available for trail or routeKings Canyon High Basin Route Guide-
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Topographic mapsDependsSmall- & large-scaleUSGS 7.5-min maps, made in CalTopoInterview w/CalTopo founder Matt Jacobs
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DatabookDependsBarebones spreadsheet of key landmarks
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WatchSuggestedTimepiece, altimeter watch, or GPS sport watchSuunto Ambit Peak GPS WatchLong-term review: Suunto Ambit
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CompassDependsFor regular use, baseplate w/adj declination is best Suunto M-3G Global Pro CompassHow-to video: Map & Compass
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