Today's Lesson: People Power

Adult backpacking packing list

Travel Days

  • Clothing for 2 travel days
  • Something to read
  • Spending money
  • Personal care items (sample-size toiletries are best)
  • Feminine items for women (even if you don’t think you’ll need it)

*Leave valuable items at home. Your travel gear and clothing may be stored in an insecure location.

Wilderness days

Weather conditions range from low 40s at night to mid-90s during the day. Layered clothing is a must. Snow and sleet are possible on backpacking trips. Please remember that you will be carrying everything on your back. You do not want to bring a lot of extraneous things. You must also make sure to leave room in your pack for the BCM provided group gear.

  • 1 full size backpack (internal or external frame OK)
  • 1 pack cover or heavy-duty plastic bag
  • 1 tent for every 2 or 3 adults (This will be worked out among Team Members)
  • 1 sleeping bag
  • 1 sleeping pad
  • 1 pair hiking boots (rugged tread, good fit, well broken-in boots strongly recommended)
  • 1 pair of spare shoes or water shoes for around camp
  • 2-4 pair socks and liners
  • Underwear (number personal choice)
  • 1 each long underwear top & bottoms
  • 1-2 sports bras for women
  • 1 pair shorts (nylon dries faster than cotton)
  • 1 pair long pants (NO jeans)
  • T-shirts (number personal choice)
  • 1 long-sleeve shirt
  • 1 light weight sweater or fleece
  • 1 heavy wool sweater, fleece or heavy jacket
  • 1 waterproof rain jacket
  • 1 pair waterproof rain pants
  • 1 wool or fleece cap
  • 1 sun visor/cap
  • 1 pair gloves
  • Travel size packet of Wet Wipes
  • Prescriptions
  • Lip protection
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent, small non-aerosol
  • 1 headlamp (or very small flashlight)
  • 1 cup, 1 spoon, 1 bowl (durable plastic)
  • 2 Nalgene water bottles, or 1 water bladder and 1 water bottle
  • 1 small towel
  • Sunglasses

Optional

  • Fishing rod
  • camera
  • binoculars
  • notebook/pen
  • trekking poles
  • foot powder
  • Bandana
  • Compass
  • Mosquito head net

BCM provided gear, divided among team members

  • Stove, fuel and repair kit
  • Kitchen kit including pots & cooking utensils
  • Trowel, wet wipes
  • Tent repair kit
  • First aid kit
  • Iodine
  • Bear bagging rope
  • Repair kit
  • Food