Spring Backpacker’s Checklist BASICS / NECESSITIES FOOD / COOKING ; map of area in waterproof case ; stove
; compass ; fuel and funnel ; knife (recommended: Swiss Army?) ; cook kit and cup ; flashlight / batteries (reverse while in pack) ; eating and cooking utensils ; ; matches in waterproof container extra batteries / bulb
; fire starters ; salt and pepper / seasonings ; ; nylon cord (30 feet / 10 meters) coffee / tea / electrolyte drink mixes ; ; dehydrated food (pack out trash!) candle lantern / candles
; ; trail snacks needle / thread (sewing kit)
; ; tent repair kit reclosable plastic storage bags (for food and garbage)
; ; water and water bottles pack and pack cover
; ; stuff sacks (for organization) can opener ; glasses / contacts and solutions ; pot scrubber ; ; fanny pack extra food ; whistle on lanyard TOILETRIES ; basic survival kit
; toothbrush and paste SHELTER ; biodegradable soap ; ; toilet paper tent, stakes, vestibule
; lightweight tarp or emergency blanket (as ground ; small pack trowel
; cloth or emergency shelter) small mirror ; ; sleeping bag pack towels ; ; ThermaRest? or foam pad towelettes CLOTHING MEDICAL ; ; first aid / survival kit socks - wicking
; ; extra socks (minimum 3 pairs) moleskin ; ; allergy restrictions stocking hat / toboggan / baseball cap
; ; medic alert ID wicking, polyester underwear
; ;tee shirt (synthetic or poly-blend) sunglasses ; light Jacket (synthetic fleece or light wool sweater) ; lip balm ; windproof shell rainwear (poncho or rain suit) ; sunscreen / sunblock ; ; insect repellent shirt (wool or synthetic depending on the season)
; ; bandana(s) / scarf water purification tablets / filter ; ; prescription meds shorts
; pants OPTIONAL ; hiking boots (extra laces)
; camp shoes / booties ; camera / film ; ; extra clothes books / magazines ; ; cards / games ; ; field guides
; ; water bag
; fish hooks / light line PERSONAL GEAR ; binoculars ; Boy Scout Handbook ; weather radio ; personal identification
; notepad with pencil
Scouts should pack their own pack so that they know were everything is stored. If they have dedicated camping clothes and other gear that can stay in their pack, packing for a trip can be as simple as adjusting their clothing based on the time of year and packing their food and fuel. All clothing needs to be packed in zip-lock bags. 1-gallon freezer bags work the best. These keep clothes dry and help reduce the size of the clothes by forcing the air out and sealing. Do not pack extra things that you don’t really need. If there is something that you think you may need that is not listed here, see a leader. Don’t add unnecessary weight to you pack. Try to pack heavier gear towards the center and close to your back. This keeps more of the weight on your hips rather than on your shoulders. Putting heavier items on top can throw off your balance and put too much weight on your shoulders.
The weight and size of equipment vs. cost is the trade-off that most people have to consider. A rough guideline is for a pack to weigh no more that 1/3 your body weight. However, a 35 lb pack is a lot to carry for a 105 lb Scout.
Realize that the weight of just basic equipment can add up in a hurry. A pack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, can easily add up to 15 lbs or more if you're not careful. Add a Nalgene bottle full of water you're pushing 20 lbs. And, you still need food, clothes, cooking gear and to be able to carry some part of your groups tent (tent, poles, fly, or stakes).
The underlying message is that you want to purchase (and therefore pack) only what you need. And you need to be very conscious of weight.