Essential Backpacking Equipment

Essential Backpacking Equipment

If you're planning a backcountry camping trip, make sure that you have all of the essential backpacking equipment that you need ahead of time.

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Lightweight Backpack

Every backpacker needs a quality, lightweight backpack designed for use in the backcountry. Choose a pack that fits your frame properly, is easy to carry, and has plenty of room for all of the essential backpacking equipment that you need to take with you.

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Backpacking Tent

The best tents for backpacking are lightweight, yet strong enough to provide shelter in all types of weather conditions. Look for a tent that is made from ripstop fabric and that is coated with polyurethane for maximum water resistance.

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Backpacking Sleeping Bag

Don't set out on a backpacking trip without a lightweight, mummy sleeping bag that compresses into a very small stuff sack that will be easy for you to carry in your backpack.

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Backpacking Pillow

Be sure to pack a pillow so that you can sleep in comfort and wake up ready to hike and enjoy the great outdoors. Look for a lightweight, inflatable pillow especially designed for backpacking.

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Foldable Camping Stove

A foldable camping stove should be included on any list of essential backpacking equipment.

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Quality Hiking Boots

Make sure that you have a pair of comfortable, quality hiking boots that fit properly before setting off on a backcountry adventure. Break them in ahead of time so that you aren't surprised by unexpected pain or blisters once you are in the backcountry.

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Water Bottles

Any time you go on a backpacking trip, you'll need a quality water bottle, as well as water purification tablets.

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Waterproof Matches

Don't set out on a backcountry adventure without a supply of waterproof matches.

More Backpacking Information

For more information about getting properly prepared for a backpacking trip, see:

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Essential Backpacking Equipment