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Backpacking checklist

Wondering what you need for a hiking trip? Use this backpacking checklist when planning an overnight hike or tackling a multi-day adventure on an established route.

Any hiking trip will have its own particular challenges, so read up on the conditions before you go and adjust your packing list accordingly. If the trail is muddy, gaiters might be backpacking essentials. If you need to cross big snow patches, bring a lightweight ice axe. And if you’re going to cook in super-buggy conditions, a bug hat might become your favourite thing of all time.

See backpacking checklist pdf

Camp and kitchen gear

Safety essentials

Clothing (warm conditions)

Additional clothing (cool or wet conditions)

Personal items and additions

If you’re missing items from the list, you can create a wishlist to keep track of them while you shop at MEC.

Learn backpacking skills

Knowing what to take backpacking is just the start. Check out our backpacking workshops for more tips from experts. And before you leave for the trailhead, always remember to check weather forecasts, tell someone about your trip plans and when you expect to be back, and stash a copy of your trip plan in the car at the trailhead.

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