Preparation & Supplies for Hiking & Backpacking

Preparation and Supplies for Hiking and Backpacking. Optimize for Weight and Compress for Size. Check Expiration on Food and First Aid Items.


24 Hr Prep:

Hydrate Well
Eat Well
Sleep Well

Prepare your body and mind to make the trip more safe and enjoyable.


Accessories:

Keys
Wallet
Phone

Leave unnecessary items at home. Every little bit helps for reducing weight.


Structure:

Backpack 40L+
Tent/Hammock
Sleep Bag
Sleep Pad
Trek Poles (Ease tension in legs, balance for rough terrain, barrier to fight off animals, and crutch or splint for injury)


Clothing:

Shoes
Socks
Shirts
Pants
Fleece
Poncho
Hat for Sun/Beanie for Cold
Belt

Minimize cotton. Wear nylon, polyester, spandex, fleece, etc. Pack extra socks and shirts. It’s worth it to buy quality clothing.


Food:

Nuts, Bars, Jerky, Fruit, Veg
Gatorade, Water (drinking/cleaning)
Water Filter, Tablets

Don’t bring foods you normally don’t eat to avoid reactions.


Hygiene:

Tooth Brush/Paste
Sanitizer
Wipes
Napkins
Hand Towels


Medicine:

Aspirin
Ibuprofin
Antihistamine
Anti Diarrheal


First Aid:

Wilderness Guide
Medical Gloves
Gauze Pad Non-Stick
Medical/Athletic Tape
Ointment
Burn Cream
Irrigation Syringe
Antiseptic Wipes
Bandaids
Butterfly Stitch
Emergency Blanket
Emergency Poncho
Moleskin


Safety:

Compass
Topographic Map
Flash Light/Headlamp
USB Charger/Batteries
Whistle
Waterproof Matches


Misc:

Bug Spray
Bug Head Net (Can also be used as a water filter)
Sun Block
Knife/Multitool
Scissors
Tweezers
Needles
Safety Pins
Paper Clips
String/Paracord/Rope
Rubber Bands
Bandana