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Packing for a week of hiking

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This is a sample list of things you might take on a week-long trip hiking in a wilderness area. Even more than with other kinds of travel, packing for this kind of trip requires compromises between keeping weight down and making sure you bring everything you'll need, because you have to carry it all with you. Depending on where you're going and the time of year, some of the items may not be useful to you, and there are inevitably additional items you'll want to bring along, but this should give you a general idea of what you'll want to pack. (Please keep in mind that we want this list to be useful to people in general, so don't edit it for your own specific needs.) For information and advice about gear selection, see Wilderness backpacking.

Wear

  • 2 synthetic undershirts
  • 2 long-sleeve shirts
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 pair of pants (suitable weight for current weather)
  • 2 pair of underwear
  • 2 pair of wool socks
  • hiking boots
  • sandals (for wearing when not hiking)
  • waterproof windbreaker, or at least a jacket.
  • raingear - ponchoes can drape over your pack and save you the expense of a waterproof packcover.
  • swimsuit?
  • women: 2 good sports bras

Eat

  • oatmeal, cereal bars, trail mix, sausage
  • freeze-dried meals
  • cooking pots
  • gas camping stove, matches
  • plate, cup
  • dish cloth, scouring sponge
  • multi-tool pocket knife (e.g. Swiss Army or Leatherman)
  • water bottles
  • plastic bag for trash

Sleep

  • tent
  • sleeping bag
  • foam or air mattress
  • travel pillow?

Get around

  • backpack
  • headlamp or flashlight, spare battery
  • maps, compass - make sure you can read them before you set out.
  • hiking staff

Stay healthy and safe

  • sunglasses
  • sun lotion
  • a hat (to shade your face and/or trap heat)
  • light trekking towel, bioshower-soap
  • insect repellant
  • toothbrush, toothpaste
  • aspirin/ibuprofin
  • anti-diarrhea medicine
  • survival blanket
  • blister care (e.g. moleskin, adhesive bandages)
  • insurance card
  • ID card
  • cash, bank card
  • hankies (dozens of uses, mere ounces of weight)
  • snakebite kit?
  • women: tampons or pads.

See and Do

  • camera, film
  • notepad and pen for journal
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