WMO Backpacking

Equipment Check List For White Mountain Orientation Trip: Backpacking

  • 1 sleeping bag with stuff sack: Temperature rating, a 35 to 45° Not cotton!
  • 1 closed-cell foam sleeping pad or inflatable pad (not an inflatable mattress).
  • 1 pair of lightweight hiking boot ~ broken in before you arrive!
  • 1 pair sneakers/running shoes: Do not bring open-toed shoes.
  • 2-3 pairs of medium weight wool hiking socks No Cotton!
  • Underwear as needed
  • 1-2 pairs shorts, loose-fitting, synthetic
  • 1 pair long pants, loose-fitting, synthetic
  • 1 bathing suit
  • T-shirts: 1-2 synthetic OR 2-3 synthetic/cotton (50/50 blend)
  • 1 long-sleeve shirt: cotton/synthetic blend or polypropylene
  • 1 synthetic fleece jacket (wind blocker if possible) or wool sweater
  • 1 rain jacket
  • 1 brimmed cap
  • 1 wool or synthetic fleece hat for warmth at night
  • Any medications you will need to take during the trip (allergy meds, etc.)
  • 2 one-quart water bottles. You must have these water bottles!
  • 1 small flashlight or LED headlamp with fresh batteries
  • 3 heavy plastic garbage bags
  • 5-6 gallon size Ziploc bags or 2-3 plastic grocery bags for packing
  • 1 unbreakable cup with handle
  • 1 unbreakable bowl
  • 1 spork
  • 1 pocket knife to be used for cooking
  • 1 toilet kit: toothbrush and small tube of toothpaste, comb/brush, & sunscreen
  • 1 bandanna or handkerchief
  • 1 pair sunglasses or clip-ons
  • 2 pairs glasses or contact lenses (if needed)
  • Women: bring any feminine sanitary products you expect you will need

Optional Items

  • Wash Cloth
  • Book
  • Camera
  • Crazy Creek Chair
  • Trekking poles
  • Gaiters
  • Ear Plugs
  • Bug head net
  • Small Towel
  • Bivy

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