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West Coast Trail Checklist

The West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island is a spectacular 75km backpacking route along potentially hazardous terrain, with as many as 70 ladders, 130 bridges, and four cable cars. To enjoy it fully, do your research, check the forecast, take wet weather gear, and be prepared for emergencies.


Checklist

The Essentials

Map / chart in waterproof case

Compass

Sunglasses/ Sunscreen

Food

Headlamp / flashlight

First-aid kit

Water

Matches in waterproof case

Fire starter

Knife

Repair kit

Trip plan – left with a friend

Whistle

Clothing – Men's , Women's

Hiking boots

Gaiters

Socks (liner and outers)

Base layer top/bottoms

Synthetic insulated top

Long-sleeved trekking shirt

Underwear

Sun hat

Rainwear or outer shell top/bottoms

Short-sleeved shirt

Insulating hat

Pants

Shorts

Gloves or mitts

Camping Gear Essentials

Backpack

Tent

Sleeping bag

Sleeping pad

Stove and fuel

Cooking and eating utensils

Water treatment or filter

Toiletries (including toilet paper)

Garbage bags

Rope

Extra Items

Altimeter

Binoculars

Camera and accessories

Notebook and pencil

Deck of cards

Sandals

Paperback

Biodegradable soap

GPS

Watch or alarm clock

Thermos

Insect repellent