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Backpacking Equipment List

The following is a suggested equipment list for personal use while on a group backpacking outing. It is designed for three-season camping in areas with available water.  Add a cooking stove and pots if you are not traveling with a group. Be prepared for unexpected weather and a longer stay than you planned.



waterproof/breathable jacket

waterproof/breathable pants

fleece jacket

synthetic hiking pants

synthetic shorts

stocking cap/fleece hat

sun hat

wool or fleece gloves

–Base Layer–

midweight long john top

midweight long john bottoms

synthetic long sleeve t-shirt

synthetic briefs

synthetic sports bra

synthetic t-shirt


waterproof hiking boots

camp footwear/sandals

extra pair of boot laces

wool or synthetic socks (3)

liner socks (2)




‘Crazy Creek’ style camp chair


camera in waterproof case

camp towel


internal or external frame backpack (4500cc +)

waterproof pack cover

three-season tent

down sleeping bag (rated 15 to 20 degrees F)

sleeping pad

trekking poles

waterproof matches

eating utensil, bowl, and insulated mug

headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries and bulb

32 oz. water bottles (2)

water treatment (filter, tablets, or drops)

pocket knife or small multitool



small first aid kit with personal medications

Ten Essentials kit

mesh head net

personal toiletries

‘Camp Suds’ or other biodegradable soap

sunscreen (SPF 15+)

lip balm (SPF 15)

toilet paper and trowel

stuff sacks as needed

assorted plastic zip-lock bags

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3 Responses to “Backpacking Equipment List”

  1. Sevylor Family Says:

    This list is wonderful! Having the right equipment is very important and this covers it all.

  2. Camping inYellowstoneNationalPark Says:

    Very helpful post.. Thanks for sharing those list of backpacking equipment. We’re planning to go for camping and it’s our first time so thanks a lot for those information.

  3. School Backpacks Says:

    I think this list contains all the sufficient things that are important for tracking as well..

    One thing i would ask to you about a comparision of backpack and slinge if you have any personal experience of both of these..

    Thanks dude!!

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