Backpacking adventures can be found right in your backyard at local, state, or national parks. Backpacking adventures can even be found in cities. From an overnight backpacking trip to a six month thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, backpacking provides opportunities for both the casual adventurer and the serious adventurer.
Compared with other adventures that involve significant equipment purchases, such as sailing or mountain climbing, backpacking gear and supplies cost relatively little.
However, there may be some investment in gear if you haven’t before been backpacking.
Here’s a typical backpacking gear list, though your hiking and weather conditions may require this list to be modified or amended.
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- Backpack cover
- Backpack liner
- Trekking poles
- Tent / hammock
- Tent ground tarp
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping pad / pillow
- Cooking stove (with fuel)
- Cooking pot
- Cooking and eating utensils
- Flashlight / headlamp
- Water bottles / hydration system
- Water purification / treatment
- Dry bags / heavy trash bags
- First Aid Kit
- Bug spray
- Bear spray / other protection
- Hiking boots
- Hiking socks
- Hiking shorts
- Hiking shirt
- Camp shorts
- Camp shirt
- Camp shoes
- Rain coat / poncho
- Warm jacket / fleece
- Hat / beanie
- Maps / Guidebooks / Other Nav Equipment
Any other items you think should be added to this typical backpacking gear checklist?
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