Outdoor Camping and Hiking Gear Requirements


As an outdoor wilderness camper being out of the thick for so many years, I am interested as to what are the norms for backpacks and associated gear. Currently planning some wilderness excursions for myself. All information will be retained for reference.

I back country as much as possible and regularly hike 4+ miles to reach a decent campsite. I carry a Low Alpine pack (the “Galyans” pack) and the following:

Hiking Checklist

Outdoor Camping Gear

Outdoor Camping Gear

  • 1st Aid kit
  • Bandana
  • Compass
  • Food
  • Hat (maybe even a knit hat)
  • Matches – water resistant or in a water resistant container
  • Pencil/paper
  • Signal mirror
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Watch or clock
  • Water bottles (do they need to be filled prior to leaving?)
  • Waterproof map of area
  • Waterproof coat
  • Whistle

Camping Checklist

  • Biodegradable soap/toothpaste
  • Camp shoes
  • Extra pants
  • Extra shirts
  • Garbage bags
  • Gloves
  • Hand trowel
  • Light – with extra batteries
  • Light coat
  • Long johns
  • Medical kit
  • Mess kit/utensils
  • Other needed toiletries
  • Rope (about 100 ft.)
  • Sleeping bag/pad
  • Socks
  • Stove/fuel
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrush
  • Towel/washcloth
  • Underwear
  • Water purifier

Photo by ozmafan.

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