Ultralight backpacking lets you hike faster and farther, but don't forget safety. Our gear list helps ensure you don't forget anything important.

The Ten Essentials

For safety, survival and basic comfort:

1. Navigation

2. Sun protection

3. Insulation

  • Jacket, vest, pants, gloves, hat (see Clothing Options)

4. Illumination

5. First-aid supplies

6. Fire

7. Repair kit and tools

8. Nutrition

9. Hydration

10. Emergency shelter

Beyond the Ten Essentials


Base choices on trip length and possible weather extremes:

  • Wicking T-shirt
  • Wicking underwear
  • Quick-drying shorts or convertible pants
  • Long-sleeve shirt (for sun, bugs)
  • Bandana or buff
  • Insulating fleece jacket (or vest) and pants
  • Rain jacket (or soft shell and waterproof hat)
  • Rain pants (or soft-shell pants)
  • Sun-shielding or insulating hat/cap
  • Gloves or mittens
  • ____________________

Footwear; Assorted Personal Items