Things to Bring When You Go Camping

Updated - 08/03/17

I'm posting my pack list both for my own benefit (so I'll always have access to it) as well as answer any questions about what we might bring when we go camping.  Again, this list is for our backcountry hikes and will vary slightly with each trip (tailored to each individual trip).  All the items in bold are what I typically bring on any trip. I'm also listing the weight since I'm always looking to trim a few ounces whenever possible. I've also posted a new page specific to food.

General Info

  • Reservation/Permit
  • Directions
  • Map (topographical)
  • Weather report

Tent

  • Three Person Tent and Footprint (REI Quarter Dome 3 UL) - 88 ounces
    OR Two Person Tent and Footprint (Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2) - 47 ounces
    OR Hammock (Eno SingleNest with BugNet) - 34 ounces
    OR Bivy (Marmot Home Alone) - 26 ounces
  • Sleeping bag (North Face Beeline Long) - 23 ounces
  • Sleeping Pad (Sea to Summit Comfort Plus Sleeping Pad) - 24 ounces
  • Pillow (Therm-a-rest Compressible Pillow) - 7 ounces
  • Sleeping Bag Liner (Coccon MummyLiner CoolMax) - 9 ounces

Clothes

  • Hiking Boots (La Sportiva Synthesis Mid GTX Hiking Shoes) - 27 ounces
  • Pants (North Face Paramount Convertible Pant) - 10 ounces
  • Hiking Socks (two pairs) - 9 ounces
  • Sock Liners (Injinji toe sock liners, two pairs) - 3 ounces
  • Underwear (1 pair)- 2 ounces
  • Gloves (Mountain Hardware Power Stretch Gloves) - 1 ounce
  • Camp Shoes (Toms) - 5 ounces
  • Raincoat - 3 ounces
  • Outer Layer (North Face fleece) - 10 ounces
  • Base Layer (North Face XTC) - 8 ounces
  • T-shirt (Icebreaker) - 10 ounces
  • Beanie - 2 ounces
  • Bandanna - 1 ounce
  • Headband (Buff) - 1 ounce
  • Rimmed Hat - 4 ounces
  • Sunglasses - 2 ounces

Food

  • Water Filter (Katadyn Base Camp, SteriPEN Adventurer) - 13 ounces
  • Water Bladder (Kelty CXC Tanker 1.5L) - 6 ounces
  • Food - 24 ounces per day - click here for more details about food
  • Stove (MSR Pocket Rocket) - 4 ounces
  • Fuel (MSR IsoPro) - 12 to 24 ounces
  • Cook Set (Snow Peak Titanium 26 ounce) - 7 ounces
  • Spork (Snow Peak Titanium) - 1 ounce
  • Hydration Tablets (nuun) - 2 ounces
  • Water Purification Tablets (Portable Aqua) - 1 ounce

Gear

  • Backpack (Osprey Exos 58) - 40 ounces
  • Compass (Brunton Tag along Plus Thermostat) - 1 ounce
  • Knife (Buck Hartsook) - 1 ounce
  • Headlamp (Black Diamond Storm 160) - 4 ounces
  • Lantern (Brunton Lucy Butane) - 8 ounces
  • GPS/Communicator (Delorme inReach) - 8 ounces
  • Trekking poles (Black Diamond) - 20 ounces
  • Camp Chair (REI Flex Lite) - 28 ounces

Camera

  • Camera (Canon 5d Mark ii) - 28 ounces
  • Lens (Canon 24-105mm f/4 or 17-40mm f/4) - 18 ounces
  • Charged batteries - 2 ounces
  • Memory Card - 1 ounce
  • Tripod (Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 with Manfrotto 488RC2 Mini Ball Head) - 42 ounces
  • Remote Control - 1 ounce

Hygiene/Personal Care

  • Tape (Johnson and Johnson Athletic Tape) - 2 ounces
  • Tooth Brush (Generic Travel Tooth Brush) - 1 ounce
  • Toothpaste (Colgate Travel Size) - 1 ounce
  • Toilet Paper (rolled up from home) - 1 ounce
  • Trowel (Duece of Spades) - .6 ounces
  • Deodorant - 2 ounces
  • Sunscreen - 1 ounce
  • Bug Repellent - 2 ounces
  • Hand Sanitizer - 1 ounce
  • Wet Wipes (resealable package) - 1 ounce

Specialized Gear

  • Ice Axe (CAMP Corsa Nanotech) - 9 ounces
  • Crampons (Stubai Ultralight Universal) - 21 ounces
  • Gaiters (Outdoor Research Flex-Tex) - 4 ounces
  • Dry Bag (SealLine 30L and 10L) - 20 ounces

Everything Else

  • Waterproof Matches / lighter - 3 ounces
  • Trash bags (Plastic Grocery Bags) - 0 ounces
  • Paracord - 1 ounce
  • Cards - 3 ounces
  • Lip Balm (Carmex) - 1 ounce
  • iPhone and headphones - 3 ounces
  • External Battery for iPhone (Ankur) - 4 ounces
  • Spare Batties - 2 ounces

On the Wish List

  • Alcohol stove or liquid-fuel stove (canister stoves are not very environmentally friendly)