Backpacking Packing List

Here is our recommended backpacking packing list for 3-4 day trip in the wilderness. If you are planning your first backpacking trip, our local partner Adventure 16 offers convenient gear rentals on backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, pads, trekking poles and more, so you can try before you buy!

Keep in mind, when you have to carry everything on your back,  sharing is caring. For a group of 5, you may only need to bring 2 stoves, 2 water filters and 3 tents. Split the weight, and your body will thank you!

Essentials
Sleep
Clothing/Accessories
Hygiene
Cookware
Food
Optional
Camera Equipment
Additional Resources

Is there anything you’d add to this list?

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