Recommended Essentials – Backpacking

REQUIRED ESSENTIALS:

  • Working headlamp or flashlight
  • Spare batteries for headlamp/flashlight
  • Space Blanket and/or large garbage bag
  • Nutrition – Extra food
  • Hydration- Extra water (minimum 1 litre)
  • Insulation – Extra clothing (extra layers of clothing, and, rain, wind protection, and, toque, gloves)
  • Fire making kit (water-proof matches or lighter, fire starter or candle, waterproof container).
  • Repair kit – duct tape
  • First aid kit
  • Signalling device (whistle)

OPTIONAL ITEMS:

  • Navigation Aids (maps, route description, compass, GPS)
  • Water filter or other treatment system
  • Communication aids ( cell phone, SPOT device, two way radios)
  • Emergency shelter (bivy sack, ultra-light tarp). Note: most overnight travellers already carry a tent and/or tarp
  • Pocket knife or multi-tool
  • Sun protection (glasses, sunscreen, sun protection clothing, lip balm)
  • Repair kit for stove, mattress, etc.
  • Signalling device (mirror)