Backpacking and Camping Checklist

Backpacking and Camping Checklist

Backpacking and Camping Checklist


In the backcountry, preparation is everything. Most of us have found ourselves in situations where the camping gear that we thought we had in our backpack turns up missing at the worst possible moment only to leave you relying on wet leaves as toilet paper. Don’t let that happen to you. Make sure to run through your checklist before every trip to make sure that you don’t find yourself in an…uncomfortable…position. Here is our backpacking and camping checklist of essentials (and a bit more) you need to make sure to bring with you on your next trip.

The Bare Minimum

Backpack ___

Tent ___

Sleeping Bag ___

Sleeping Pad ___

Pillow ___

The Essentials

Pocket Knife ___

First-Aid Kit ___

Water Bottle/Canteen ___

Flashlight       ___

Matches in a waterproof container ___

Lighter ___

Map & Compass ___

Rope ___

Sunglasses & Sunscreen ___

Plastic Bags ___

Emergency Mirror ___

Whistle ___

Duct Tape ___

Emergency Blanket ___

Tinder ___

The Other “Stuff”

Snacks/Trail Food ___

Insect Repellent ___

Repair Kit ___

Watch ___

Extra Flashlight ___

Extra Flashlight Bulb & Batteries ___

Moleskin ___

Bandannas ___

To Cook

Food ___

Stove & Fuel ___

Cook Kit ___

Cooking Utensils ___

Cup      ___

Bowl & Plate ___

Fork, Knife & Spoon ___

Dish Soap ___

To Clean

Soap ___

Toothbrush & Toothpaste ___

Towel ___

Wash Rag ___

Comb/Brush ___

Toilet Paper ___

Hand Sanitizer ___


Hiking Boots ___

Shirts ___

Pants and/or Shorts ___

Socks & Underwear ___

Sweatshirt or Jacket ___

Coat ___

Rain Gear ___

Hat (for warmth) ___

Hat (for blocking sun and rain) ___


Hiking Sticks ___

Camera ___

Camp Shoes ___

Handheld GPS ___

Ian Campbell Ian Campbell is the founder of Love the Backcountry and a long time lover of adventure travel. When not writing about the backcountry, he can typically be found hiking, backpacking and camping in the mountains and looking to lay his head beneath as many trees as he can find.