Day Hike
The following are the bare essentials to bring on a hike. Keep all the non-perishable items in your day pack and you'll be ready to go.

  • Good Hiking Boots (wear two pair of socks to prevent blisters)
  • Adequate water
  • Food First Aid Kit
  • Sun block, hat, and sunglasses
  • Insect repellant
  • Extra clothing (layers).

NOTE: be prepared for hot or cold weather! Always a good idea to bring a camera.

Other items to consider are:

  • Water filter for very long hikes
  • Toilet paper and trowel (but not when we're hiking in the water shed).

Car Camping
Use the list for backpacking, but don't worry about weight. Bring items to make life comfortable, such as camp chairs, fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats, a cooler with ice, trailer, bicycles, even the kitchen sink!

You may want to bring a car too. Consider car pooling.

Note: Due to safety concerns and the cohesiveness of the group we would ask that you do not come on a given trip if you do not have this equipment. Contact the club is you'd like help preparing for your first trip.
Kirkhams and REI both carry a complete supply of backpacking equipment. It is possible to rent backpacks, tents, and sleeping bags at both places.

Having said that ......

  • Backpack (outer frame preferred, but inner frame is ok)
  • Light weight rain-proof tent, 4-5 pounds (available at Kirkhams or REI)
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Polyester thermal underwear (tops and bottoms)
  • Backpacking stove.
  • Gas fuel bottle (large)
  • Matches
  • Bowl (you can't eat off the floor, there is no floor)
  • Camping knife, fork, and spoon
  • Rain gear: coat, pants and gaiters. (Goretex is best)
  • Good Hiking Boots (sneakers are not adequate for backpacking)
  • Socks (2 pair plus 1 pair per day, Tech Wear recommended)
  • T shirts
  • Jacket for cold weather or cold nights in the desert
  • Water Filter
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight

In addition to the essential items listed above, the following items are recommended.


  • Spare parts for stove- or buy a better stove
  • Pot gripper - Duh
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Wash cloth
  • Knife
  • Storage bags for everything!
  • Nylon Rope (to hang food bag from tree, away from animals)


  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • First aid kit. Plan for blisters.


  • Pillow (optional) or use a stuff sack filled with clothes.
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp
  • Batteries - for the head lamp. Who wrote this?
  • Daypack


Food is tricky on a backpacking trip. You need to plan every meal in advance. As a general rule, choose food that does not contain a lot of water and does not require refrigeration. Do some research, talk to someone who has gone backpacking before. You can eat very well on a backpacking trip, but it takes some planning.