Brice King a RoamRight Blog Author

Backpacking Checklist

RoamRight's expert backpackers provide a list on what you should pack for your next backpacking adventure.

Brave the elements with RoamRight’s backpacking checklist. (Note:  Adjust accordingly based on the climate and the altitude of your destination).


  • Backpack (between 40 and 90 liters) and waterproof backpack cover
  • Tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag , sleeping bag stuff sack, and inflatable pillow
  • Camping stove, stove fuel, cook pot, eating utensils, and small knife
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • Water filter and water bottles or hydration bladder
  • Cat hole shovel
  • Toilet paper and towels
  • Compass, printed maps, cell phone, camera with spare batteries and memory cards or film
  • Backpacking permit (check with the local ranger station to see if this is necessary)


  • Hiking shoes, boots and camp/water shoes
  • Warm jacket (down or fleece) and gloves
  • Fleece base layer shirt, pants and hat
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • Socks and underwear

Medical and Safety Kit

  • Band-Aids, ibuprofen, iodine, and antibiotic cream
  • Sun screen and lip balm
  • Lighter and waterproof matches
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • 25 feet of lightweight rope (for hanging food, clotheslines and gear repair)
  • Duct tape
  • Thread and needle
  • Biodegradable soap, hand sanitizer and sponge

What do you pack on a backpacking trip?

Note: Available plans and coverages may have changed since this blog was published.

About the Author

Brice King

Brice King, a RoamRight Blog Author RoamRight’s VP of Travel, Brice King, has been involved in the travel insurance industry since 2004; working in IT, operations assistance and international medical credentialing.  As an avid backpacker and traveler, he has visited all seven continents and over 20 countries.  The highlight of his travels was a year long, round the world honeymoon.  Most of his recent travels have been on backcountry camping trips in the Western US. Follow Brice on Google Plus

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