Great Smoky Mountains Backpacking Packing List


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The following list is designed for a non-guided, non-winter trip in the Great Smoky Mountains. If you’re part of a guided group, check with the guide company to see what items they provide. REI also offers guided adventures in the Great Smoky Mountains. 

Included in this list are the Ten Essential Systems you should have on every backcountry trip: navigation; sun protection; insulation; illumination; first-aid supplies; fire starter; repair kit and tools; nutrition; hydration; emergency shelter. To learn more, see our Ten Essentials article.

Great Smoky Mountains Backpacking Gear List: Printer-friendly version (PDF)


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Quantity varies depending on activity and length of trip.

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