These references are right out of your Boy Scout Handbook:
Clothing For Hiking | Equipment For Hiking | Camping Gear | Personal Clean-up Kit | First Aid Kit

Here is another list of supplies & gear to help you get started:
(Thanks to the folks at Eastern Mountain Sports.)
The "BIG SEVEN" | Day Pack Checklist | Hiker's Checklist | Camper's Checklist | Notes on Gear

Where can you get what you need? Start the search for gear here:
Boy Scouts of America | Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) | Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
Campmor | L.L. Bean | Target | Wal-Mart

Warm-weather clothing checklist for Hiking, Camping, and Backpacking
___ Short-sleeved shirt
___ T-shirt
___ Hiking shorts
___ Long pants
___ Sweater or warm jacket*
___ Hiking boots or sturdy shoes
___ Socks
___ Hat with a brim for shade
___ Bandanna
___ Rain gear
___ Extra underwear
(for longer trips)
(Items marked with an asterisk [*] should be made of wool or a warm synthetic fabric.)

Cold-weather clothing checklist for Hiking, Camping, and Backpacking
___ Long-sleeved shirt*
___ Long pants*
___ Sweater*
___ Long underwear*
___ Hiking boots or sturdy shoes
___ Socks
___ Insulated parka or coat with hood
___ Warm hat*
___ Mittens*
___ Rain Gear
___ Extra underwear
(for longer trips)
(Items marked with an asterisk [*] should be made of wool or a warm synthetic fabric.)

The Scout Outdoor Essentials
___ Pocketknife
___ First aid kit
___ Extra clothing
___ Rain Gear
___ Water bottle
___ Flashlight
___ Trail food
___ Matches and fire starter
___ Sun protection
___ Map and compass

Other Hiking Gear
___ Day pack
___ Fanny pack
___ Hiking staff

Scout Outdoor Essentials
___ Pocketknife
___ First aid kit
___ Extra clothing
___ Rain Gear
___ Water bottle
___ Flashlight
___ Trail food
___ Matches and fire starter
___ Sun protection
___ Map and compass

(For descriptions of the Scout Outdoor Essentials see Boy Scout Handbook.)
Clothing for the Season
(For clothing checklists, see above.)
___ Backpack
___ Rain cover for backpack
___ Sleeping bag, or two or three blankets
___ Sleeping pad
___ Ground cloth
Eating kit
___ Spoon
___ Plate
___ Bowl
___ Cup

(For more on eating kits, see Boy Scout Handbook.)
Cleanup kit
___ Soap
___ Toothbrush
___ Toothpaste
___ Dental Floss
___ Comb
___ Washcloth
___ Towel
Personal Extras (optional)
___ Watch
___ Camera and film
___ Notebook
___ Pencil or Pen
___ Sunglasses
___ Small musical instrument
___ Swimsuit
___ Gloves

Patrol Or Group Overnight Camping Gear
___ Tents with poles, stakes, ground cloths, and lines
___ Dining fly
___ Nylon cord, 50 feet
___ Backpacking stoves and fuel
Cook kit
___ Pots and pans
___ Spatula, large spoon and/or ladle, depending on menus
___ Plastic sheets, two 4-by-4-foot
___ Matches and/or butane lighters in waterproof containers

(For more on cook kits, see Boy Scout Handbook.)
Cleanup kit
___ Sponge or dishcloth
___ Biodegradable soap
___ Sanitizing rinse agent (bleach)
___ Scouring pads (no-soap type)
___ Plastic trash bags
___ Toilet paper in plastic bag
Repair kit
___ Thread
___ Needles
___ Safety pins
Group extras (optional)
___ Hot-pot tongs
___ Camp shovel
___ Water container, one 1-gallon or two 1/2 gallon collapsible, plastic
___ Wash basin
___ Grill
___ Pot rods
___ Patrol flag
___ Small U.S. flag
___ Ax
___ Camp saw

___ Soap

A little goes a long way. A bar of soap that's nearly used up will be plenty,
or a small plastic bottle of biodegradable soap. Store your soap in a plastic bag,
___ Small Towel and Washcloth
It's usually best to take a dark-colored towel and washcloth;
also, don't choose from your family's best set of towels.
___ Toothbrush and Toothpaste
You won't need much. Get the smallest tube you can find,
or save the family tube when it's almost empty.
___ Dental Floss
Flossing every day helps keep your gums and teeth in good shape.
Floss can be also be used as a strong sewing thread for emergency repairs.

___ 6 Adhesive bandages
___ 2 Sterile gauze pads, 3-by-3-inch
___ 1 small roll Adhesive tape
___ 1 Moleskin, 3-by-6-inch
___ 1 small bar Soap
___ 1 small tube Antiseptic
___ 1 pair Scissors
___ 1 pair Latex gloves
___ 1 Mouth-barrier device for rescue breathing or CPR
___ 1 Plastic goggles or other eye protection
___ 1 each Pencil and paper

___ 1 Roller bandage, 2-inch
___ 2 Roller bandage, 1-inch
___ 1 roll Adhesive tape, 1-inch
___ 24 Alcohol swabs
___ 1 box Assorted adhesive bandages
___ 2 Elastic bandages, 3-inch-wide
___ 12 Sterile gauze pads, 3-by-3-inch
___ 4 Moleskin, 3-by-6-inch
___ 2 packets Gel pads for blisters and burns
___ 1 tube Antiseptic
___ 4 Triangular bandages
___ 1 small bar Soap
___ 1 pair Scissors
___ 1 pair Tweezers
___ 12 Safety pins
___ 1 Splint
___ 6 pair Latex gloves
___ 1 Mouth-barrier device for rescue breathing or CPR
___ 1 Plastic goggles or other eye protection
___ 1 each Pencil and paper

___ 1. Compass & Maps
___ 2. Water
(2 liters per person, per day. Water Good, Juice Bad!)
___ 3. Extra Food (trail snacks, power bars, etc.)
___ 4. Extra Clothing (a complete set, including socks & underwear)
___ 5. First Aid Kit
___ 6. Knife
___ 7. Matches & Firestarter

(The Big 7 plus):
___ Rain Gear
(jacket, pants, or poncho)
___ Hat (Seasonally appropriate)
___ Whistle
___ Flashlight or Headlamp with extra batteries
___ Sun screen
(even in winter)
___ Insect Repellent
___ Paper & Pen
(in ziploc bag)
___ Space blanket (emergency shelter)
___ Wallet and Keys (Adults. In a Ziploc bag)
___ Cell Phone (Adults)
Optional stuff:
___ Camera
___ Binoculars

___ Boots
- Good hiking boots with support and good soles.
___ Socks - Synthetic blend, keep your feet cool, help prevent blisters
___ Sock Liners - polypro or blend, prevent blisters & wick moisture
___ Water (see Big 7)
___ Lunch
___ Sunglasses
___ Flashlight
(see Day Pack)
___ Day Pack
___ Proper Clothing
- Anticipate the weather! (it always rains on your Patrol, right?) Bring enough layers to keep warm & dry. You can put on and take off layers as needed.
___ Wind and Rain Gear (see Day Pack)
___ Sunscreen & Insect Repellent (see Day Pack)

___ Boots
(see Hikerís Checklist)
___ Socks (see Hikerís Checklist)
___ Sock Liners (see Hikerís Checklist)
___ Extra Socks
___ Gaiters
- Prevent dirt and stones from getting in your boots.

___ Camp stove - Lightweight with fuel. Donít count on cooking over a campfire.
___ Mess Kit - for cooking & eating
___ Eating, cooking, serving utensils and a potholder
___ Sponge for clean up
___ Mug & Plastic bowl
- For hot food and drink.
___ Biodegradable soap
___ Water Bottles
(see Big 7)
___ Water Filter or Purifier - Donít trust the water no matter how clean it looks.
___ 2 - 5 Gallon collapsible water containers
___ Food
- Bring more than you think you need.
___ Large stuff sack and 50 ft. of utility cord for ďBear BagĒ

___ Sunglasses
___ Flashlight
(see Day Pack)

___ Internal or External frame pack - You gotta carry all this stuff somewhere! As a rule of thumb, try NOT to carry more than one third (1/3) your body weight.

___ The right clothes for the best and worst weather conditions.
___ Rain Gear
(see Day Pack)
___ Long underwear and warm layers appropriate to the season.
___ Fleece pants and jacket
- Once wet, cotton offers no warmth and takes forever to dry. Hypothermia bad!
___ Extra clothing (see Big 7)
___ Hat - Warm, knit to also use for sleeping in.

___ Shelter - A good tent, sealed seams & rainfly. Poles, stakes & cord.
___ Ground cloth - Keeps you dry and protects the floor of your tent.
___ Sleeping bag - With adequate temperature rating & stuff sack.
___ Sleeping pad - Protects you from the cold, hard ground.

___ Moleskin - In your first aid kit, to treat potential blisters.
___ Hand towel
___ Toilet paper
___ Latrine shovel
___ Toiletries
___ Sneakers
- For around the camp site.
___ Insect Repellent
___ Sunscreen
___ Lantern
- Candle lantern or compact backpack lantern & fuel.
___ Whistle
___ Field Guides & Hiking Guides
___ Trail Maps

___ Ziploc bags
___ Trash Bags
- For trash, emergency poncho, pack cover.
___ Camera & Film
___ Watch
___ Binoculars
___ Pad & Pen
___ Bandanna
___ Playing cards
___ Book to read
___ Pillow
- Small enough to pack or a pillowcase to stuff with soft clothing.
___ Walking stick or trekking poles

Remember, these are suggestions, starting points, you certainly don't need to pack it all.
Experiment, re-arrange, find what works for you.


Why not? To quote the quote, "COTTON KILLS". Cotton is comfortable but it likes water. It absorbs and retains water (rain, streams, lakes, sweat). Cotton shirts, sweatpants and jeans can take days to dry. This keeps you wet and cold. This is a dangerous situation that can lead to hypothermia. Wool and synthetics get wet but do not absorb water. This makes them better materials for the backcountry. Polypropylene has been specifically designed to wick moisture away from the skin keeping the wearer warm and dry. Wool, polypro, nylon and fleece are the best materials for the backcountry but any synthetic is better than cotton. Don't worry about how it looks, we all look a bit goofy at times. Surviving, warm and dry is the big thing.

Plastic, what about my aluminum cook set? Either will work. A plastic bowl & mug keeps food warmer longer & doesn't burn hands when full of hot food. A margarine tub or Tupperware type bowl work great. Some folks use an insulated coffee mug.

A thin liner sock of polypro, silk or other synthetic goes next to the skin. A thick wool/synthetic sock goes over the liner. The socks slide on each other instead of the foot to reduce the chance of blisters. This will also keep your feet dryer. If the socks get soaked in the rain or a stream they can be wrung out almost dry.

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