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Packing for a week of hiking

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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. 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.


  • 2 undershirts
  • 2 long-sleeve shirts
  • 2 pair of pants (suitable for current weather)
  • 2 pair of underwear
  • 2 pairs of wool socks
  • hiking boots
  • sandals (for wearing when not hiking)
  • sweatshirt
  • gore-tex vest
  • swimsuit
  • raingear
  • hankies


  • oatmeal, cereal bars, corn flakes, raisins, sausage
  • freeze-dried meals
  • cooking pots
  • gas camping stove, matches
  • plate, cup
  • can opener, bottle opener, corkscrew
  • dish cloth, scouring sponge


  • tent
  • sleeping bag
  • foam or air mattress

Get around

  • backpack
  • sunglasses, sun lotion, hat
  • headlamp or flashlight, new battery
  • maps
  • plastic bags

Stay healthy and safe

  • light trekking towel, shower-soap
  • toothbrush, toothpaste
  • immodium, aspirin
  • survival blanket
  • blister care (e.g. moleskin, adhesive bandages)
  • insurance card
  • ID card

See and Do

  • camera, film
  • cash, bank card
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