PAUL GREEN's Backpacking/Camping List
CRUCIAL LARGE ITEMS:
Your tent provides a good share of your sleeping warmth,
and the fly makes big difference too, but your sleeping bag should be
warmer than you think you need.
warm coat (down, wool, or fleece)
stove and fuel
waterproof matches/butane lighter
CRUCIAL SMALL ITEMS:
Essentials that sometimes get left out.
water filter or chemical water purification
many options! iodine is cheap, and they say that adding
soluble Vitamin C (after the iodine has done its job)
significantly improves the taste!)
quart canteen (2)
good maps/trail descriptions
flashlight (a headlamp is better!)
WIDGETS and COMFORTS:
You'll have your own ideas here. Some of these are indispensable.
Better bring the rope, at least to hang food - not just from bears,
but rodents! And (DUH!) if you packed it in, burn it or pack it out!
Just because you bring biodegradable soap doesn't mean
fish like it. I mean, do YOU drink it? Please try to keep it out of streams
nylon rope (50ft+)
pack cover (or)
large hefty bags
toilet paper (biodegradable)
1st aid tape/bandaids
antihistamine (for allergic reactions)
spoon and fork
large collapsible water jug
Dr. Bronner's/biodegradable soap
DON'T FORGET YOUR CLOTHES:
Avoid cotton! For serious cold weather, down is best, but the
problem is it's useless wet! For merely chilly weather, synthetic
fleece or wool both retain their
warmth even if wet. Fleece is best because it dries quickly! Layers
are always the way to go, with water resistant shells on top! Always
have long underwear (silk or fleece) even in summer. Cotton is good
for about ten minutes until it gets wet or sweaty. After that it's
long cotton shirt and pants
wool/fleece sweater and pants
rag socks (1 per 2 days)
long johns (silk/fleece/capilene)
liner socks (polypro/capilene)
AND DON'T FORGET FOOD!
Bring extra. If you need to diet, do it back home. If you get
stuck, or it gets cold, or a racoon raids your pack, you'll be happy
you lugged those extra bagels. In fact, all food tastes great outdoors,
and you'll eat a lot more than usual, if you're working them quads.
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