Things to Bring When You Go Camping

Updated - 08/27/18

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

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

Tent

  • Tent and Footprint/Hammock/Bivy (Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2) - 47 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
  • Shorts or Pants (convertible pants or random shorts) - 10 ounces
  • Hiking Socks (two pairs) - 9 ounces
  • Sock Liners (two pairs of Injinji toe sock liners) - 3 ounces
  • Underwear (one pair of performance briefs) - 2 ounces
  • Gloves (touch enabled) - 1 ounce
  • Camp Shoes (Toms or water sock) - 5 ounces
  • Outer Layer (North Face fleece) - 10 ounces
  • Base Layer (North Face XTC) - 8 ounces
  • Shirt (any performance t-shirt) - 10 ounces
  • Beanie - 2 ounces
  • Bandanna (Icebreaker) - 1 ounce
  • Headband (any moisture wicking one) - 1 ounce
  • Sunglasses - 2 ounces
  • Gaiters (Dirty Girl) - 2 ounces
  • Raincoat - 3 ounces
  • Rimmed Hat - 4 ounces

Food

  • Water Filter (Katadyn Base Camp, Camelbak All Clear) - 13 ounces
  • Water Bladder (Platypus 3L) - 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) - 7 ounces
  • Spork (Snow Peak Titanium) - 1 ounce
  • Water Electrolyte Tablets (nuun) - 2 ounces
  • Water Purification Tablets (Portable Aqua) - 1 ounce

Gear

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

Camera

  • Camera (Canon 5d Mark ii) - 28 ounces
  • Lens (Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 or 17-40mm f/4) - 18 ounces
  • Spare Battery - 2 ounces
  • Battery Charger (usb) - 2 ounces
  • Memory Card (64gb) - 1 ounce
  • Tripod (Manfrotto 7322YSHB with ballhead) - 36 ounces
  • Remote Control - 1 ounce

Personal Care

  • Tape (athletic tape) - 2 ounces
  • Tooth Brush (travel size) - 1 ounce
  • Toothpaste (travel size) - 1 ounce
  • Toilet Paper (rolled up from home) - 1 ounce
  • Trowel (Duece of Spades) - .6 ounces
  • Sunscreen - 1 ounce
  • Bug Repellent - 2 ounces
  • Hand Sanitizer - 1 ounce
  • Wet Wipes (resealable package) - 1 ounce
  • Medicine (allergy and pain meds, vitamins) - 1 ounce
  • Deodorant - 2 ounces

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 (for hanging food) - 1 ounce
  • Lip Balm (Carmex) - 1 ounce
  • iPhone and headphones - 3 ounces
  • External Battery Pack (Ankur) - 4 ounces
  • Spare Batties (AA and AAA) - 2 ounces
  • Cards - 3 ounces

On the Wish List

  • Solar Charger (goal zero nomad 7 plus)
  • New stove with ignitor
  • New base layer and outer layer
  • New performance t-shirt (I like options)
  • Alcohol stove or liquid-fuel stove (canister stoves are not very environmentally friendly)