Backpacking Personal Gear List

Troop 369 Backpacking Personal Gear

Updated July 2009 for Superior Hiking Trail (6 days)

Your Packing Goal

Work diligently on your gear and clothing selection to find the best

choices for comfort, weight, and versatility.  A scout should not

carry any more than 25-30% of their body weight in their fully loaded

pack (including water, crew gear, and crew food).  Set your goal for

your “dry weight” pack of person gear to be between 10-15 pounds

(excluding water, crew gear, and food).


  • Pack with well-padded hip belt:
    • External frame, with a capacity of approximately 3,000 cubic inches, or
    • Internal frame, with a capacity of approximately 4,800 cubic inches
  • Pack cover (waterproof nylon) or approximately 3 large, heavy-duty garbage bags that will fit over the fully packed backpack
  • Six to twelve 1-gallon or 2-gallon locking plastic bags to pack clothes


  • Sleeping bag in stuff sack lined with plastic bag
  • Sleeping clothes to wear in sleeping bag (T-shirt/shorts or polypro long underwear)
  • Straps to hold sleeping bag securely on pack (for an external frame pack)
  • Foam sleeping pad (closed-cell or Therm-a-Rest equivalent for insulation from the ground)


  • Layer A (Hiking Clothes)

    • Hiking boots (well broken in)
    • Lightweight sneakers or tennis shoes (for evenings in camp)
    • Three pair of heavy socks (such as SmartWool, Thorlo, wool)
    • Three pair of lighter inner socks (polypro)
    • Two pair underwear (not cotton!, must not chafe, consider sports briefs)
    • Two pair of hiking shorts
    • Two short-sleeve shirts (not cotton, troop red t-shirts are ideal)
    • One hat or cap (flexible, with brim)
  • Layer B (Cool)

    • One long-sleeve shirt or pull-over (medium weight, not cotton!)
    • One pair of long pants (ideally one of your hiking shorts has zip-off legs)
  • Layer C (Cold / Wet / Windy)

    • One sweater, pullover, or jacket (fleece, wool)
    • One stocking cap (wool or polypro)
    • One sturdy rain jacket and pants (not a vinyl rain suit)


  • Lightweight plastic cup
  • Spoon or spork
  • Water carriers, total volume 3 liters or quarts
    • A Camelbak/Platypus bag in backpack is OK, but also bring 1 bottle
    • Heavy-duty plastic water/Gatorade/PowerAide bottles are a low-cost choice
  • Bowl/plate, cook kit, etc. are not needed.  The troop has bowls as part of the crew gear.


  • Lip balm (with sun protection at least SPF 15) [Bear Bag it!]
  • Toothbrush and very small travel toothpaste [Bear Bag it!]
  • Small sunscreen [Bear Bag it!]
  • Insect repellent [Bear Bag it!]
  • Ditty bag (for personal items in bear bag)
  • Scouts may use the crew gear “CampSuds” for washing while on the trail


  • Flashlight (small with extra batteries and bulb)
  • Two bandanas or handkerchiefs
  • Small absorbable towel for drying off
  • Sunglasses (inexpensive)
  • Spending money (for two meals on the road and souvenirs, $20-25)

Car Travel Bag (duffle bag)

  • Fresh change of clothes for drive home
  • Towel, deodorant, soap, shampoo, and other personal cleaning items for shower before return home
  • Snacks for in the car
  • Electronic equipment is discouraged.  It will be in the car in a public parking lot during the trip.


  • Small pocketknife (only a few of these are needed in the crew)
  • Camera
  • Whistle
  • Watch (inexpensive)
  • Notepad and pen

Some things not to bring on the trail

  • No extra food or snacks.  The crew will have plenty of food and each person gets a snack bag.
  • Large knives or multi-tools.
  • Large flashlights.
  • Stoves, fuel, matches or lighters (unless yours is being borrowed for Crew Gear).
  • Cell phone, music players, electronic games
  • Shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, washcloth (these can be in your car travel bag)
  • Shovel, axe, saw