Summer Backpacking List
____ SCOUT SHIRT & TROOP ACTIVITY "ZIP-OFF" PANTS (100% Nylon, Olive Drab color) Wear them, don't pack!
____ BACKPACK (a real backpack with a waist strap) Line
your Pack with a Lawn Bag first, to keep contents dry.
____ SLEEPING BAG (Place a Lawn Bag inside a tough Outer Bag to protect from ripping, stuff (don't roll) sleeping bag into this double bag)
____ CLOSED-CELL FOAM SLEEPING PAD ("Camp Pad," $7 from Wal-Mart -- NO AIR MATTERESSES)
____ 100% POLYPROPYLENE LONG UNDERWEAR, Tops
and Bottoms (To keep you warm if everything gets wet).
____ 2 pair HEAVY-DUTY SYNTHETIC or WOOL HIKING SOCKS, No Cotton! (For year-around use.)
____ 2 pair POLYPRO INNER SOCK LINERS, No Cotton! (prevents blisters)
____ STURDY HIKING BOOTS, 1/2 size larger than regular size to fit both inner & outer socks -- see above. ($5 at thrift stores)
____ RAIN SUIT (A Rain Suit has waterproof pants and keeps you drier than a poncho).
____ T-SHIRT, 1 extra pair BRIEFS or BOXERS
____ LONG SLEEVE SHIRT, No Cotton! (Synthetic fiber for good insulating quality and quick drying - $4 at thrift stores)
____ HEAVY WOOL SWEATER, or POLAR FLEECE SWEATSHIRT, No Cotton! ($4 at Thrift Stores)
____ 1 extra pair LONG PANTS, No Cotton! (extra olive-drab Nylon Troop Activity Pants or other non-cotton Pants -- thrift stores)
____ HAT with a brim
____ WATERPROOF "BLUE" TARP -- 5'X7' ($3 Wal-Mart, or other heavy plastic Ground Sheet)
____ 12 LARGE clear plastic LAWN BAGS (Important!
To keep your stuff dry!)
____ GOOD QUALITY WHISTLE on neck chain (Do NOT buy a cheap Whistle, Try Eastern Mountain Sports, $3)
____ POCKETKNIFE with cord (Small enough to wear around neck--SMALL Swiss Army Knife, $13. Never buy a knife made in China!)
____ MESS-KIT (BOWL, CUP, FORK, SPOON, PLATE -- heavy-duty plastic or metal)
____ 2 ONE-QUART WATER BOTTLES, filled (Any STURDY plastic bottle is OK, best are Wide-Mouth "Nalgene" Bottles, $4)
____ SMALL FLASHLIGHT, & EXTRA BATTERIES (Can be any style, but a headlamp enables use of both hands -- $8 at Wal-Mart)
____ SMALL FIRST AID KIT (You can make your own: BSA Handbook, Page 289).
____ 50 FEET LIGHT NYLON PARACHUTE CORD (50 foot "Camo-Cord," $1.46 at Wal-Mart)
____ COMPASS with a BASEPLATE, in a Zip-Lock bag (with map, if you have one)
____ MATCHES, in a Zip-Lock bag.
____ CLEAN-UP KIT (Small Hand Soap, Small Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Comb, Floss, small Fast-Drying Camp Towel)
____ TOILET PAPER (Half a roll in a Zip-Lock bag).
Your pack, including FOOD &
weigh less than 1/3 of your body weight!
DOME TENT (WE NEED THEM!) Caution: outer Rain Cover should come all the way down
to the ground.
COMPRESSION STUFF SACKS (Reduces size of sleeping bag or other bulky things --
Can be home-made)
SMALL LIGHTWEIGHT GAS STOVE with FUEL (Gasoline, not propane, not butane-see BSA
Handbook, page 253)
POTS, PANS, UTENSILS (as needed)
WATER FILTER, and/or water treatment chemicals
BEAR BAG & PULLEYS
INSECT REPELLENT (non-aerosol)
SUN GLASSES (UV-Proof required for winter camping -- prevents snow blindness).
SIX or more 2-GALLON HEAVY-DUTY ZIP-LOCK BAGS (To keep your clothes and gear
organized and dry.)
REPAIR KIT (Small
Duct Tape, Needle & Thread, Safety Pins, Batteries, Extra Buckles &
Straps, Parts for your Equipment.)
OLD WORK GLOVES (For working with trees & tools, and hot pots & pans)
SWIMSUIT & LIGHT WATER SHOES (Ask if there will be a place to wade)
BANDANNAS (A million uses)
FISHING OR BACKPACKING VEST (Best way to be sure that you always have your 10
Essentials and Survival Gear)
PEN, PENCIL & PAPER, SMALL POCKET NOTEBOOK (No, you can't borrow ours)
OPTIONAL EXTRA SET OF DRY CLOTHES TO LEAVE IN CAR (In an extra bag, with your
name on it)
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Last modified: October 15, 2016.