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Backpacking Gear List

Crew List (to be shared by crew members)

  • 2-person tent (one for every 2 crew members; maybe be personal gear or borrowed from troop)
  • Backpacking stove and crew cooking pot
  • Camp suds dish soap
  • Water filtration system
  • Bear bag and ropes, carabiner
  • Crew first aid kit
  • Dining fly and stakes

Personal Gear List


  1. 50-55 liter backpack is appropriate – all gear should fit inside with space left for crew gear

Sleep System

  1. Sleeping Bag (lightweight, 20° temp minimum)
  2. Sleeping pad (closed cell is best in cold weather)

Meal System

  • Lightweight bowl
  • Spoon or spork
  • Heatproof cup
  • 2-3 one liter water bottles (Smartwater bottles work well)

Clothing (should be packed in waterproof bag, such as Ziploc)

  • Thermal underlayer (doubles as pajamas)
  • Extra pair underwear
  • 2 Extra pairs of socks
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Lightweight fleece or down jacket (mid layer)
  • Synthetic jacket or coat (top layer)
  • Rain gear
  • Sturdy Hiking shoes (preferably waterproof)


  • Ten essentials (first aid kit and compass are critical!)
  • Headlamp or flashlight (headlamp is preferred for backpacking so that you can hike hands free)
  • Sunscreen/lip balm (the sun is out even in cool weather)
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper (estimated need for event)
  • Small camp towel
  • Small bottle of foot powder

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