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, backpacking gear and supplies cost relatively little. However, there may be some investment in durable gear (like a $400 backpack) if your new to the activity.
In our article on creating an adventure travel budget, we detail how we went about budgeting for adventure. Below are some links to gear lists and budgeting tools that may help with your backpacking adventure. The lists include typical backpacking gear, though your hiking and weather conditions may require this list to be modified or amended.
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Download Backpacking Gear Checklist or Checklist plus Budgeting Calculator
If you have problems with these checklists and tools, please let us know in the comments so we can improve them.
Backpacking Gear Checklist
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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?
Let us know in the comments.