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This is a comprehensive checklist of everything you should pack for hiking, camping and backpacking trips with Wild Women Hiking and Hidden Treasure Trex.  Event descriptions will detail if food is hosted and whether or not you need to bring meals and cooking implements.



For day hikes you will need a backpack to carry food, water, personal items, and "The 10 Essentials" (see below).

For overnight adventures you will need an expedition backpack that will also hold camping gear -- probably you will want a pack with 50+ liter capacity.

Water Bottle

Bring at least one 1-liter water bottle or hydration system. Be prepared to carry two liters if the hike is long or especially hot.

The Essentials:

    • Map & Compass (optional: GPS device)
    • Sun Protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, lightweight long-sleeve shirt, long pants)
    • Rain Protection
    • Food
    • Water
    • Extra dry shirt
    • Flashlight/Headlamp
    • First Aid Kit
    • Fire Starter
    • Knife
    • Whistle
    • Mirror
    • Heat reflective blanket ("Space Blanket")
    • Small plastic trash bag
    • Toilet Paper
    • Personal hygiene items
    • Personal medications


    • Hiking boots, hiking shoes, or trail running shoes. NO FLAT SOLED SHOES or any other kinds of street shoes that aren't intended for trail sports.
    • Extra dry (not sweaty) shirt
    • Jacket
    • Synthetic or wool socks
    • Quick-dry pants or shorts
    • Sun protection hat
    • Beanie for evening warmth

Optional Items: 

    • Bug repellant
    • Swimsuit (if appropriate for trip)
    • Camera
    • Binoculars
    • Trekking polies
    • Quick-dry towel
    • Hand sanitizer gel or wipes
    • Any other item you consider important -- but to avoid overloading yourself, "when in doubt, leave it out." 

One Last Thing

Stash in your car yummy post-hike snacks, water, towel, and clothing change so you can end your adventure on a high note feeling fresh.


For camping and overnight backpacking include everything on the Hiking List plus:

    • Tent or Tarp
    • Floor tarp/footprint
    • Sleeping pad
    • Sleeping bag
    • Pillow (or you can use your clothing as a pillow)
    • Insulating layer of under clothing (long underwear)
    • Insulating jacket
    • Gloves
    • Beanie
    • Eating utensils/spork
    • Plastic or metal mug (metal for boiling water if you will need to cook)
    • Pan or pot (you can use metal mug for this)
    • Plate or bowl (you can use your mug for this instead)
    • Pot holder
    • Quick-dry towel
    • Flashlight/headlamp with extra batteries
    • Stove
    • Fuel
    • Water filtration/purification system
    • Overnight personal hygiene items
    • Overnight personal medications
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Extra Water
    • Food Bag
    • 50' Nylon cord to hang food (in bear country)
    • Bear Canister (in bear country that requires use of Bear Cans)
    • Hiking/Camping Permit
    • Campfire Permit
    • Cash
    • Camp sandals
    • Personal Locator Beacon

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