MANY "HOW-TOs" ONLINE
Are you confused about hiking and backpacking: what you need to take along, how much of each item, etc? Well, the internet is filled with information. I will attempt to find a few to help with decisions.
Beginner? What is the difference between day hiking, backpacking and short overnight camping? What is needed for these types of treks and adventures?
WHERE AM I GOING?
Do you have a destination in mind? Did you discovered its good points as well as the negative ones? This could be super important. View on...
VERY IMPORTANT! A CHECK LIST
I made up this CHECKLIST with a few friends and myself in mind. Basically, it has everything I could think of and discover online for a day hike to a multi-day backpacking adventure to a BOB. I'm sure you could add other items. Please send a comment if you have other item suggestions.
O Best quality backpack that you can afford
O Walking/hiking shoes
O Clothing for your environment (remember, cotton kills): jacket, windbreaker, socks, undies, pants (light weight), rain poncho, etc...your choice
O Walking poles or walking stick
O Weapon of choice (if you feel the need), bear spray or pepper spray
O Hat (foldable?), gloves, jacket (might need windbreaker in warmer climates)
O Mylar survival blanket or sheet
O Light weight towel and blanket
O Sleeping pad
O Sleeping bag
O Dry sacks
O Tent (size to fit easily inside your backpack)
O Flashlight (4Patriots flashlight has many functions and very bright light), headlamp
O First Aid kit (your choice of items, tweezers, scissors, tape, bandaids, gauze, antibiotic ointment, colloidal silver, hand sanitizer, gloves, alcohol, H2O2, Moleskin, charcoal capsules, echinacea +)
O Small sewing kit: thread (heavy duty), scissors, safety pins, needles
O Compass (available on 4Patriots flashlight)
O Sharpie, pencil and paper
O Large construction bag (many uses including a tent or makeshift raincoat, etc)
O Small garbage bags
O Radio (Solar or windup is best)
O Vitamins, personal medications
O Lighter, strike-anywhere matches, or flint/magnesium lighter
O Pocket knife (foldable), Leatherman-type multi-tool or hunting/fishing type knife
O LifeStraw or similar water purifying item &/or water purifying pills
O Fishing items: hooks, line, sinkers, swivels, bobbers
O Scissors (can be in first aid kit &/or sewing kit
O Food/snack items, hard candy, energy bars, trail mix, spices, salt, pepper, sweetener, your choice
O Water bottle or hydration pack
O GOT A DOG? Food, water and any other supplies
O Emergency mirror &/or whistle
O Walkie Talkie or similar radio
O Machete, hatchet
O Small, compact tool set
O Money/credit card
O Items for barter
O Personal care items: toothbrush, paste, baking soda, salt, hairclips/bands, brush, razor, soap, shampoo, nail file, cotton swabs/balls, eyeglasses, mirror, yellow lens glasses, lipbalm, hand lotion, nail clippers, handy wipes, etc.
O Personal ID
O Binoculars/night vision binoculars
O BABY? Infant or young child needs.
O Cooking equipment, eating utensils, mini stove, can opener
O Small amount of toilet tissue, paper towels, aluminum foil
O Carabineers, multiple sizes
O Cellphone (pre-paid?), dry case, USB drive, charger
O Dust mask
O candles or foldable lantern
O flagging tape
O Insect repellant
O Work gloves
O Duct tape (small roll)
O Pocket shower
O Essential oils like lavender and peppermint
O Epsom salts (helps with sore tired feet)
O Trail bidet (smart bottle with water to wash private areas)
O Mini zip ties
O Single-edge razor blade
O Small bottle of ammonia or similar for insect bites
O Solar floating lantern
YOUR TREK...YOUR CHOICE!
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