Packing for a week of hiking

This is a sample list of things you might take on a week-long trip hiking in a wilderness area. Even more than with other kinds of travel, packing for this kind of trip requires compromises between keeping weight down and making sure you bring everything you'll need, because you have to carry it all with you. Depending on where you're going and the time of year, some of the items may not be useful to you, and there are inevitably additional items you'll want to bring along, but this should give you a general idea of what you'll want to pack. (Please keep in mind that we want this list to be useful to people in general, so don't edit it for your own specific needs.) For information and advice about gear selection, see Wilderness backpacking and Cold weather.

For some of the equipment it is enough if one or two persons in the party have them. This is true even for some of the cloths: some spares are needed mostly when something breaks or gets drenched, which may be unlikely to happen for all the party.


Includes both packed cloths and what you are wearing at start.


See also: outdoor cooking


Some of the meals should be suitable for easy preparation in awkward weather.



If you're traveling in bear country ensure your food is bagged so it can be tied up and away from the ground.


Get around

Stay healthy and safe

Sun and hygiene

First aid etc.

Cash and cards

Knife, matches and rope

Emergency signaling


See and do

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