The Essential Backpacking and Camping Packing List

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If you have other ideas, we’d love to hear them. Please share your backpacking and camping packing list advice in the comments below!

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Camping packing list

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Campsite Gear

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The exact type of camping gear you need will vary according to your preferences, as well as the weather you will be camping in. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we plan for carrying our own backpacks and having gear suitable for somewhat cold, yet not snowy cold, conditions. Below are some of our specific favorites.

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Tent or Bivy

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Self Inflating Sleeping Pad

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Sleeping Bag

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Backpacking Backpack

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Personal Hygiene

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Not all campsites will have running water. This is one of many reasons why it's vital to pack a solid personal hygiene kit to keep you feeling clean. Our personal favorites are shower wipes that act as a quick refresher when you can't take a bath. Also, don't forget the toilet paper!

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First Aid Kit

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Insect Repellent

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Shower Wipes

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Biodegradable Soap

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Cooking Gear

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While you can easily get away with camping or backpacking without cooking, you'll enjoy warmth and hearty meals at a relatively low cost if you invest in a camping stove and cookware. We also recommend adding a Life Straw to your hiking or camping packing list. This handy personal filter has proved to be useful while backpacking and also traveling abroad.

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Camping Stove

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Dishes, Utensils, Mugs

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Life Straw Personal Water Filter

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Sleeping Pad

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Best Camping Food

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When it comes to camping food, you have quite a few options these days. You can keep your meals basic by sticking to trail mix and peanut butter jelly sandwiches. Or you can invest in a rather affordable and portable camping stove to make some pretty tasty meals. In particular, we are big fans of Mountain House meals. Just add boiling water and you can have hearty beef stroganoff at your campsite in just a few minutes.

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Peanut Butter Packets

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Vegan Jerky

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Instant Oatmeal

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Camping Meals

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Hiking Clothes and Gear

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Moisture-wicking hiking clothes are essential for an outdoor adventure since they are both lightweight and dry quickly. Solid hiking boots are also a must, and we recommend boots by Salomon. Trekking poles are also very handy, especially if you've got a lot of gear in your backpack.

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Hiking Boots

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Polarized Sunglasses

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Trekking Poles

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Swiss Army Knife

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Other Things

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You'll have a decent amount of downtime at your campsite, so entertainment is important. Opt to go tech-free and stick with portable board games or books, or bring your phone pre-loaded with audiobooks and a Bluetooth speaker. Field guides are also fun, educational, and engaging.

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Travel Board Games

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Tent or Bivy

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Sleeping Pad

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