Backpacking Gear

Posted by webmaster on December 10, 2009

Troop 16 Backpack Camping Checklist

Essential Backpacking Gear:

Remember lightweight is critical!

10 Essentials: these items are required for every outdoor activity the scout attends. I recommend gathering these items and then finding a daypack that will hold them with some room to spare for extra warm clothes.

  • Water: MINIMUM two 32 oz Nalgene bottles with lids with loops and carabiners
  • First aid kit: with moleskin or duct tape rolled on a stick and a whistle
  • Fire starting kit (matches, etc.)
  • Rain Gear (stay away from cheap plastic ponchos)
  • Warmth: A polar fleece jacket or pull-over and a fleece or wool hat and gloves.
  • Pocketknife (must have Totin Chip)
  • Orientation: compass, map (will usually be provided), and pencil
  • Flashlight  or headlamp (with extra batteries)
  • Sun protection: wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen and lip balm with SPF.
  • Trail Food: High protein and high carb trail mix, granola bars, beef jerky, etc.

External or Internal Frame Backpack – Leave extra room in backpack for troop gear and food.  External Frames are easier to pack and can be lighter.  Internals are often more comfortable, but they require more compact versions of sleeping bags and other items.

Basic Clothing:

  • Appropriate footwear –
    • Ankle-high hiking boots
    • Back-up shoe or boot – lightweight.
  • Fleece or Wool Stocking Caps.
  • Synthetic long underwear – 2 pair minimum
  • Wool Hiking Socks: 1 pair per day with 1 extra pair.
  • Synthetic Pants – the ones you wear are all you’ll need for a weekend (zip-off’s work well)
  • Synthetic shirts (wicking material is very nice, 1- short sleeve, 1- long sleeve)
  • Extra fleece jacket
  • Underwear – 1 pair, plus pair you will wear (the lycra kind are nice)
  • Work gloves


  • Sleeping Pad (blue kind from Walmart are fine)
  • Sleeping Bag (most Scouts get a zero-degree bag)
  • Tent (1 per pair of boys, smaller the better, REI Half Dome and similar designs work very well)

Cooking and Eating (lightweight plastic, don’t spend much money here):

  • Utensils.
  • Bowl
  • Insulated Drinking cup

Toilet kit:

  • Biodegradable soap
  • Toothbrush & travel-sized toothpaste
  • Towel (optional, the fast dry towels or synthetic auto chamois work very well)
  • Washcloth (optional)
  • Toilet paper in a Ziploc bag.


  • Bandanna (acts as a hanky, tourniquet, or hat)
  • Plastic garbage bags (2) – work as gear cover, sleeping bag cover or emergency rain poncho.
  • Rope – 50 ft for bear bag
  • Cheap Wristwatch, with alarm
  • Sunglasses
  • Equipment repair/sewing kit
  • Space blanket
  • Insect Repellant (no aerosols)
  • Medicines

Optional Items:

  • Camera
  • 2-Way Radio
  • Small Pillow
  • Zip-fizz packets or other electrolyte (Gatorade, etc.)
  • Hard candy (6-8 pieces)
Troop 16 - Parker's High Adventure Troop