The List: 2013 Edition

checklist
For my inaugural post on this site, I published a list I had compiled for road trips and car camping that had stood by me for quite a while. While the whole point of a list is to not forget anything, the list itself is not exempt from this and has grown some, as well as expanded on a couple areas. Still largely focused on car camping, most of the items do however translate well into a backpacking checklist, usually just depending on the size of the gear. This stuff on hand, I usually feel prepared to go just about anywhere.


Sleeping bag
Sleeping pad
Pillow (inflatable or regular)
Tent
Camp stove
Fuel
Swiss-army-style pocketknife
Day or overnight backpack
Headlamp
Compass
Road & topo maps
Towel & washcloth
Camera
Cell phone
Extra batteries (AA and AAA)
Book
Climbing gear
Folding saw
Camp shovel / plastic trowel
Matches
Toilet paper
Camp chair
Travel hammock
Portable jump battery
Pan w/ handle
Fork & spoon
Travel mug
Scrubber
Cooler
Water (2 gallons)

Food (low- or non-perishables)

  • Instant coffee
  • Sugar/creamer
  • Bagels
  • Peanut butter
  • Clif bars
  • Trail mix
  • Apples
  • Jerky
  • Pringles
  • Tortillas
  • Tuna packs
  • Hummus
  • Zatarain’s beans & rice
  • Instant noodles
Clothes

  • Pants (2 pair)
  • Shorts (1 pair)
  • Tshirts (4)
  • Long-sleeve pullover
  • Windproof jacket
  • Rain shell or poncho
  • Fleece vest
  • Socks (3 pair)
  • Underwear (4 pair)
  • Hat
  • Beanie
  • Hiking shoes
  • Slippers (flip-flops)
  • Camp shoes (Vans)

Bathroom kit

  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Contact lens solution & case
  • Q-tips
  • Razor
  • Biodegradable soap

First aid

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Ibuprofin
  • Personal medication
  • Band-aids
  • Climbing/medical tape
  • Gauze sheet
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Anti-bacterial gel
  • Tweezers
  • Elastic bandage
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