Backpacking Lesson 5

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No one checklist will fit the needs of anyone’s trip. I will have a few different lists in this section that cover a wide variety of backpacking situations. These are just different lists that I have come across and decided to add here as reference materials. I do not have “a” list for my backpacking trips as all trips are different and you need to change and adapt to the situations that you will encounter. See the list in the below PDF.

Below is what you found in Level 1

1.  Navigation

  • Map (with protective case)
    • Compass

2.  Sun protection

  • Sunscreen
    • Lip balm
    • Sunglasses
    • Wide-brim hat

3.  Insulation

  • Jacket, vest, pants, gloves, hat

4.  Illumination

  • Headlamp or flashlight (plus spare)
    • Extra batteries

5.  First-aid supplies

  • First-aid kit, blister kit
    • Insect Repellant
    • Duct Tape

6.  Fire

  • Matches or lighter
  • Waterproof container
  • ·         Fire starter (for emergency survival fire)

7.  Repair kit and tools

  • Knife or multi-tool
    • Kits for stove, mattress; duct tape strips

8.  Nutrition

  • Extra day’s supply of food

9.  Hydration

  • Water bottles or hydration system
    • Water filter or other treatment system

10.   Emergency shelter

  • Tent, tarp, reflective blanket
    • Sleeping Bag
    • Sleeping matt or pad
    • 50’ nylon cord
    • ·         Garbage bag(s)

11.   Clothing

  • Clothes for hiking (consider long sleeves for sun and bugs and long pants the lightweight easy drying kind)
    • Clothes for in camp
    • Trekking Poles (Walking Sticks)
    • Boots or shoes suited to terrain
    • Socks (synthetic or wool) plus spares
    • Sandals (for fording, in camp)
  • Bandana

12.   Food

  • 3 meals per day total of 2500 – 3000 calories minimum
    • Dehydrated meals or no cook meals are easiest when on the trail
    • Plastic eating utensils

13.   Personal

  • Toilet paper
    • Toothbrush
    • Deodorant
    • Hand Sanitizer

14.   Outlook

  • Positive Attitude
    • “Can Do” Spirit
    • Permits
    • Wallet
    • Trip itinerary left with a friend and under car seat

I can say that I use the second checklist as it is straight forward and is more of a checklist than an explanation of what the item is. It is just my preference. As I said before your list will change with every trip you take. Develop you own checklist with alternatives for cold, hot and rainy weather.

Backpacking Level 5 Requirements

1 – What is your checklist?

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