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Expanded Hiking Check List

Expanded Hiking & Camping Check List


  • Boots
  • Socks
  • Gaiters
  • Lightweight long underwear
  • Wool or synthetic sweater
  • Trousers
  • Underwear
  • Shorts, T-shirt, and light, long sleeve shirt
  • Effective insulation layers
  • Rain/wind gear
  • Watch cap, appropriate headwear
  • Mittens or gloves
  • Camp shoes or sneakers
  • Bathing suit

  • Toothbrush
  • Comb
  • Bandana
  • Small Towel
  • Toilet paper
  • Plastic towel
  • Money
  • Sewing kit
  • Soap
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Personal hygiene supplies
  • Razor




  • Notebook and pencil
  • Camera and film
  • Licenses and permits
  • Field books
  • Binoculars
  • Candles
  • Lantern – spare fuel & mantles
  • Reading material
  • Playing cards
  • Hunting/Fishing equip.
  • Walking Staff
  • Flashlight & batteries & spare bulbs
  • Headlamp
  • Water treatment/purifier
  • Extra prescription glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • String & Rope


First Aid

  • Allergy medication
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Repellent
  • Citronella Candle, etc.
  • Tylenol, Advil, Aspirin
  • Tums
  • Antibiotics creams
  • Tweezers for splinters & ticks
  • Antiseptic, bandaids and bandages
  • First Aid Kit (may include all the above items)
  • Benadryl Sinus Tablets
  • Allergy Eye drops
  • Pocket Tissues
  • Moist Towelettes
  • Extra weeks supply of any Prescriptions
  • Lip balm
  • Snake bite kit 
Safety and Emergency

  • Maps of the area
  • Radio
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Pocket knife
  • Signal mirror
  • Small shovel
  • Whistle
  • Water treatment/purification

  • External frame pack
  • Internal frame pack
  • Day pack
  • Hip pack
  • Belt pouch
  • Stuff sacks




  • Matches or lighter
  • Stove and fuel
  • Cooking grate
  • Cook pots and utensils
  • Cup
  • Food
  • Camp axe & hammer
Eating Utensils

  • Food tubes
  • Sealed containers
  • Aluminum foil
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Water mixes
  • Large stuff sack



  • Tent
  • Bivouac Sack
  • Tarp
  • Small sponge
  • Extra tie-down cord
  • Seam Sealer

  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Ground sheet
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Pillow
  • Space blanket
Camping with Children

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Bottles/sippycups
  • Playyards
  • Jogging strollers
  • Backpack carriers
  • MANY sets of clothing
  • Formula
  • Jar foods
  • Gerber toddler foods
  • Hats
  • Toys,
  • Favorite blanket or stuffed toy (very important!)
  • Powdered milk (for children that have outgrown formula)
  • Snacks
  • Storybooks
  • Baby Hammock
  • Baby Swing
  • kid-safe bugspray
Did You Check?

  • Leave a note on your location
  • Permits needed
  • Weather Forecast

Please note that this checklist is for your reference. You may need to alter it for your application. Food suggestions are based on our personal tastes and what we have found to be convenient.

First Aid Kit

Whenever away from home (in your car) or in the woods, first aid kits are important and should be near-by. Obviously, a car kit can be more extensive with items such as road flares, etc. while a backpacking first aid kit may be made to be light to carry. I have carried as light a kit as a few band aids and clean wipes when fishing near the road to carrying extensive when way back in the woods. My first aid kit is on the top of my hiking check list. You can make your own kit or buy a ready made kit – which I think is definitely worth the money. Below is a list of what can (and maybe should always) be carried:

General pain relief

· Extra-strength non-aspirin (ibuprofen or acetaminophen)

· Aspirin tablets

· Antacid

· Antihistamine – allergies and bug bites/stings

· Sunscreen pack

· Lip ointment packs

· Diarrhea medicine

· Burn relief gel-pack (aloe vera, solarcaine, etc.)

· Hydrocortisone cream (soothes allergic skin)

· Instant cold compress

Injury management

· Sterile eye pad

· 2″x2″ Moleskin squares – Moleskin is designed to protect exposed, blistered skin, preventing further inflammation and soreness.

· Butterfly wound closures

· Cotton swab, sterile, packaged in pairs

· Adhesive tape

· Adhesive bandages, assorted sizes

· Gauze pads, assorted sizes

· 1 elastic-roll bandage

· Band aids of various sizes and lengths. Remember a wound can occur anywhere on your body and a slip and fall can result in the need for more than just 1 or 2 band aids. I keep at least 10 – 15 band aids in my kit

Cleaning supplies

· Alcohol cleansing pads

· Antiseptic cleansing wipes

· Exam quality vinyl gloves

Other supplies

· Insect repellent

· Tweezers – use metal the plastic are crap

· Scissors

· Safety pins

· Bulb irrigating syringe

· First Aid Guide

· Snake bite kit

· Your prescription drugs

Please always remember that you need to periodically go through your kit and change out supplies. Wipes can dry out. Pills, tablets and other drugs have definite shelve lives and need to be cycled.

Hiking Check List

Ten Essential Hiking Supplies

These are the “items” you should have with you when hiking

1. Map
2. Compass (GPS is great – until it runs out of power. Learn to use a compass)
3. Flashlight (or headlamp)
4. Water (also you can bring water purification tablets or a filter – BUT BRING WATER!!)
5. Food
6. Extra clothing (think about raingear too!!)
7. Sunglasses & sun block
9. Matches (also a firestarter)
10. Pocket knife

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