Printable Backpacking Checklist

Use a backpacking checklist and never forget anything again! I’ve created a printable version of the checklist I use for my trips. Just keep reading and download the file below.

You will need Adobe Reader (the latest version is recommended – it’s free) installed on your computer in order to open and read the checklist. You can get Adobe Reader here (a new window will open so you can download it without leaving this page).

If you want to open the checklist in your browser window, just click on the link below. However, if you want to download the file to view later, right-click on the link and choose "Save Target As" or "Save File As." Then select where you want to save the file on your hard drive. You can then view and print the file at a later time.

Click here to download the checklist.

Everything included in the checklist is also shown below. Feel free to scan this list to see what’s included. However, it’s best to download the backpacking checklist file if you want a printable copy.

I have also created a hiking gear checklist for single day hiking trips. Click here to see the hiking gear checklist.


Basic Gear

  • Backpack
  • Pack cover or waterproof liner
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Shelter - Tent/Tarp
  • Tent stakes and poles
  • Ground sheet
  • Stove
  • Fuel
  • Lighter
  • Cook pot
  • Utensils - spoon/fork

Clothing
  • Hiking shirt
  • Hiking pants/shorts
  • Underwear
  • Warm layer (down jacket or fleece)
  • Hat and gloves
  • Long underwear
  • Rain gear
  • Hiking boots
  • Socks

Sun Protection
  • Wide brim hat or baseball cap
  • Sun block
  • Sunglasses

Toiletries and First Aid
  • First aid kit
  • Toilet paper
  • Small shovel for "cat hole"
  • Hand sanitizer (alcohol gel)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Wet Ones (wet wipes)

Water
  • Water bottle
  • Water bladder/bag
  • Water filter or purifier (filter/chemical)

Essentials
  • Hiking poles
  • Map
  • Compass
  • Emergency fire starter kit
  • Knife
  • Headlamp (check batteries)
  • 50-75' nylon rope/cord
  • Bug spray (mosquitoes)
  • Head net (mosquitoes)
  • Camera
  • Repair kit

Food
  • 2-2.5 pounds/day
  • 2 Ziploc bags for trash
  • Bear canister if required (or rope)

Extras
  • Camp shoes or sandals
  • Book
  • Journal (paper) and pen
  • Duct tape
  • Coffee filter/press

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