Backpacking Checklist 2020

Published 6/15/2020

CampCrate provides the main backpacking necessities, but it will be up to you to bring the following items on our backpacking checklist for 2019. The items on this checklist will help ensure your trip is comfortable and safe on a 3 Day / 4 Night trip.

It is important to note that a heavy backpack will lead to discomfort and increased fatigue.  Keeping your backpack light is essential to enjoying your trip.  Do not overpack or bring heavy items that are not on this list.  If you're unsure about a specific item, use the chat window in the bottom right to send us a message.  We're available from 7AM - 9PM Pacific Time.  After hours messages will be sent to our e-mail.


Backpacking Checklist 2019

Included with all CampCrate Backpacking Trips (per person unless otherwise specified)
  • Backpacking Tent (2-People Per Tent unless specially requested)
  • Backpacking Backpack (60L Backpack by Klymit)
  • Backpacking Sleeping Bag (Selected model based on forecast and conditions)
  • Backpacking Sleeping Pad
  • A headlamp (Petzl Tikka)
  • Backpacking Stove (JetBoil Flash - 1 per 2-people)
  • Backpacking Water Filter (To filter fresh water from snow melt and streams | 1 per 2-people)
  • Sporks and Mugs
  • Map
  • Campsite Fees in Cash
  • Cash to rent a bear canister (Yosemite)
Non-Gear Items Included
  • Detailed itinerary
  • Parking Permits or Instructions
  • Campsites (All Backpacking Trips)
  • Breakfast and Dinner on the Trail via Backpacker's Pantry and/or Peak Refuel backpacking meals. (Lunches, Snacks, and meals not on the trail are not included)
  • Wilderness Permits (Yosemite)
  • One single-serve coffee packet, sugar, and creamer for each day.

What's Not Included but What We Recommend Packing
  • One Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Two T-Shirts
  • One Sleeping Shirt
  • One Hiking Shirt
  • One Pair of Pants
  • Three Pair Underwear
  • Three Pairs of Wool or Athletic Socks (Non-Cotton)
  • Beanie/Toboggan
  • One Sports Bra
  • Running Shoes or Hiking Boots (Whichever you prefer. The Great Debate.)
  • Lightweight Down Jacket (For colder destinations.  May use polyester long sleeve shirts instead)
  • Trips in late September and October should bring extra warm clothes.
Necessities to Purchase
  • 99 cent rain poncho (or large trash bag if you're thrifty)
  • 4 oz. Fuel Canister (Butane/Propane mix only
  • Extra food (we only provide breakfast and dinner for the time you're on the trail.  We do not include snacks, lunches, or other meals).
  • Money for Yosemite National Park Entrance Fee $35 (subject to change).
Miscellaneous Items
  • 4 Plastic Grocery Bags (used for waterproofing sleeping bag, clothes, pad, and misc. items in pack)
  • ID Card/Credit Card
  • Medications/Multivitamin (Only bring what you need)
  • Lip Balm (with SPF)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)
  • Travel Size Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Something to dig a cathole with (trowel or something similar)
  • 10ft of Toilet Paper rolled onto pen/pencil
  • Sun Glasses
  • Two 1.5 Liter Smart Water Bottles
  • Plastic Spoon
  • Sun Hat
  • Insect Repellant (Although necessary at times, insect repellant can be very harmful to the environment when backpacking.  Only use if necessary and apply conservative amounts to exposed areas.  Wear long sleeves and pants for primary protection.  Never spray near water sources.  The active ingredient in bug spray (Deet) will also dissolve/damage many materials, including polyester.)
Backpacking First Aid Kit
  • We recommend putting the following items from your medicine cabinet into a plastic sandwich bag for a makeshift first aid kit.  Ibuprofen, Benadryl, 10 Imodium Tablets, a few band aids, alcohol swabs, gauze or tampons, tweezers, and 5 feet of duct tape rolled onto a pencil.
Optional Items