Every hike, backpack, or camping trip requires forethought when it comes to what equipment to haul along. Consider the purpose and expectations of the trip and the conditions you might encounter. On these pages we have prepared a list of some items to consider when heading out into canyon country.
The list below includes many items that you may or may not need on every trip. If you plan well, you'll take only those items you need to reduce the size and weight of your day or back pack. Also, some of the items listed may need to be duplicated for each member of your party, while other items can be shared by the group.
With car camping you have the option of taking a few extras that would add unnecessary weight to a pack. Determine the type of trip: for relaxation and rejuvenation; for inexpensive shelter on a road trip; to rough it; or any number of other reasons we head to open spaces.
To simplify preparation, packing, and locating items once on the trail, we tend to group equipment by which room in a house you might normally find it. If you always stash your equipment in the same place within your pack you'll always know where to find it, especially in emergency situations.
The items listed below are linked to further information.
- Mark important items like your flashlight, headlamp, watch, and water bottle with glow-in-the-dark tape so you can easily locate them at night.
- Camping and Wilderness Survival
- Essential Guide to Wilderness Camping and Backpacking in the United States
- About Backpacking
This is a loaded site that covers a wide range of backpacking related topics.
- Backpacker Magazine
The Web site of this wilderness travel magazine.
- Byron's Dutch Oven Cooking Page
A Dutch oven cooking resource page full of outdoors and camp cooking tips, Dutch oven recipes, and links to other Dutch oven sites.
- GORP Hiking and Backpacking
Includes topics on hiking know-how, where to hike, a trail finder, a hiking and walking travel primer, information on national scenic trails, family hiking, hiking clubs, gear, and hiking links.
- Outdoor Gear Links
One of our internal pages, with links to commercial sites that offer a variety of camping equipment.
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