Backpacking Equipment List

Backpacking Equipment List

Backpacking is the action of going out into the woods and hiking while keeping all of the materials that you need on your back. Every night you will be sleeping in a different location, so you will always be traveling with everything on your back. The places that you may go most likely not have a restaurant or hotel, so you must bring all of the materials that you need to survive. This means clothes, food, tent, and whatever else you might need during your adventure in the wilderness are on your back during the duration of the journey. 

Backpacking Equipment

Backpacking Equipment

Backpacking equipment includes everything that you need to survive and nothing more. Everything you bring will be on your back and you will have to carry it with you wherever you go. The essentials include proper footwear and clothing, food, water, tent, sleeping bag, cooking equipment and of course a backpack. Everything that you will bring on your trip weighs something, so think about if you will really need it before packing it because the more you bring the more you will have to carry while you are hiking.


This backpack will hold everything that you need for your entire journey through the wilderness. This is a very important purchase that you will make, so it’s recommended that you try on multiple packs before deciding which one you want. Backpacks are made depending on your height so a person who is 5’1” would purchase a different pack than someone who is 6’1”. They come in different sizes depending on how much weight you will be carrying in your pack. This means that you should evaluate how much weight you will have in your pack before making a purchase.

Make sure to go on practice runs with a fully packed backpack, so you can experience what it’s like to walk with all of the weight on your back!


Purchasing the proper clothing is key. Polyester is the ideal fabric, since it dries quickly and is water resistant. Do not overpack clothing because a shirt and pants can be worn for more than one day, and you want to save space in your backpack for other equipment. Make sure to prepare for the weather that you may experience and to pack waterproof clothing like a rain jacket and rain pants. Depending on where you are going, prepare for some chilly nights with some materials made from wool like a wool hat and wool socks to keep your body warm throughout the night.

First Aid Kit

Unexpected things can occur during your adventure in the outdoors, so make sure to come prepared with some first aid supplies. Blisters occur frequently, so pack some moleskin and bandages to prevent the constant friction of your shoe and the blister. Include medicines for common injuries and ailments that may occur during your trip. Injuries can happen and it’s always best to be prepared.


Trail mix and granola bars will become your best friend during your backpacking journey.They are easy to prepare and will provide you with the proper nutrients. Another great food option is sandwiches made from simple deli meats and bread. Since you are carrying all of the food for the duration of the trip, remember to keep it light, but still provide lots of nutrients to your body as you will be exerting lots of energy everyday during your hikes. Make sure to plan out your meals before the trip, so you ensure that you will have enough food to last the entire time.


When it gets dark at night, make sure you have something to provide light around the campsite. Purchasing a headlight is important because, if you are hiking and it begins to get dark, this light will provide you a path so you can safely finish your hike and then set up camp for the night.

Hiking Boots

A pair of hiking boots will be the primary shoe that a backpacker will wear as they will be hiking in potentially rocky and sloped terrain, so a sturdy shoe with ankle support will be the best choice. Make sure to try on multiple pairs of boots before making a purchase because during the hike the last thing that you want is to be complaining that your boots are too tight and uncomfortable. Hiking boots can range from below the ankle to above the ankle, so pick what is most comfortable for you and consider the terrain that you will be hiking in. If it’s going to be rocky, a boot with more ankle support is the better option. You should also consider purchasing a pair of water shoes that you can wear around the campsite and for the occasions that you run into a lake to go swim in.

Sleeping Bag

At the end of a long day of hiking, the only thing that you are going to want is to get comfortable in your tent and fall asleep.There are lots of different types of sleeping bags made for different temperatures. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the temperature in the region that you will be hiking in order to purchase the best sleeping bag. The best types of sleeping bags are down sleeping bags as they last long and are easy to transport.

Sleeping Pad

A sleeping pad is as important as anything else that you will need to bring on your journey. Sleep is super important when you are hiking all day, but sometimes the surface in which you will be sleeping will not be ideal. The sleeping pad is something that you put under your sleeping bag that will provide extra cushion and comfort. Strap this to the outside of your pack as it is foldable and does not add a lot of weight to the overall pack. You can also find sleeping pads that you can inflate and deflate and weigh practically nothing in your pack.

Stove and Fuel

A stove with fuel is very important because, regardless of the type of food that you bring, you will most likely have to heat something up. Before purchasing, make sure to do research into which is the lightest and most practical for the amount of food that you will be cooking. If you are only going to be using fire to cook your food, bring waterproof matches and other alternative fire starters, so that a fire can be made regardless of the conditions.


Tents are necessary to keep you safe, secure, and warm during the night. The number of people backpacking with you will dictate the size of your tent. Make sure to practice pitching the tent before you go on your adventure to ensure that you know how to set it up and set it up properly so that if it rains, you will remain dry in your tent. It is recommended that you put a piece of tarp under the tent to protect it from getting wet on the bottom and from rocks and other things that can puncture your tent.

Water Filters or Tablets

It is extremely important to always have clean water when you are backpacking. In order to clean and purify water, you must bring iodine tablets or some other way to clean water that you may find in a creek or a lake. Make sure to follow the instructions of whatever water cleanser you use to ensure that the water is safe to drink. There are also water filters that you can attach to your reservoir system in your pack that will filter the water and make it suitable for drinking. Make sure to bring a sufficient amount of tablets or filters for your trip and the amount of people on it!