Overnight hiking pack list

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The exact gear you bring on any overnight hike will change according to factors like weather, hike duration, hike distance, hike location (is it remote?) hike terrain etc.

This pack list is for:

A regular back-country hike and although a GPS is not included, if you have a GPS or can afford one, then it is always better to bring one. For most beginner hikers however, you should be selecting well marked trails that have established routes.

This pack list is for:

General hiking conditions: 3-4 day hikes.

In temperatures: 30 degrees to 0 degrees.

Note: **If you are hiking in below 0 degrees or above 30 degrees, you may wish to change your hiking clothing, footwear, sleeping equipment and cooking utensils.

Pack list:

  • Backpack – 60-70L is adequate.
  • Tent – one or two person
  • Sleeping bag  – rated to 0* degrees celsius
  • Sleeping pad – Thermarest or an inflatable hiking sleeping pad
  • Water filter – either a portable water filter or water filtration tablets
  • Water bottle: 2 x 1L water bottles.
  • Rain jacket: Water proof not water resistant is best.
  • Thermal top: Poly blend or even wool blend.
  • Hooded windbreaker
  • 2 x hiking shirt: Gym/athletic breathable shirts are better than cotton.
  • 1x bed shirt
  • 1x hiking pants shorts: You will heat up while hiking. Long socks and shorts should be enough to keep you warm enough.
  • Leggings / skins / thermals:  rather than bring another pair of long pants for colder conditions. A pair of skins will keep you warm enough under shorts.
  • 2x hiking socks wool. Wash then interchange on day 2
  • 2x underwear. Wash then interchange on day 2
  • Hat: A bucket hat is best
  • Sunglasses
  • Phone
  • Power bank
  • Toothbrush
  • Eco friendly toothpaste
  • Poop shovel: for when nature calls try and dig a hole about as deep as your hand is long (roughly 15cm) in an area with low environmental impact. Do not defecate near streams or water.
  • Eco toilet paper
  • Butane gas canister
  • Screw on stove cook – recommended MSR pocket
  • Cooking Pots/Pans – MSR cook top set Pot and Pan
  • Cutlery
  • Lighter
  • Small first aid kit

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