Backpacking vs. Car Camping

When we Car Camp, we’ll be in developed campgrounds, which typically have warm showers, fire pits, restrooms and running water. You’ll have your car there too, so you can stuff it to the gills with all the stuff you won’t need to enjoy the outdoors.

When we Backpack, it means we’ll teach you how to pack light: you’ll be carrying all your gear, food and water. But don’t fret Pinocchio, below find the gear checklists to make sure you have what you need and not what you don’t.

BUT...EVERY TRIP IS DIFFERENT AND YOU DON'T ALWAYS NEED EVERYTHING ON THE LIST. KNOW WHAT YOU'RE WILLING TO CARRY. THERE'S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WANTING TO TAKE SOMETHING VERSUS NEEDING TO TAKE SOMETHING. KNOW WHAT YOU NEED. KNOW WHAT YOU WANT. KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING. 

WEEKEND GEAR CHECKLIST

Car Camping

REQUIRED

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Jacket or Hoodie (Lightweight)
  • Headlamp with fresh batteries
  • Hydration System (2 - 3 liter bladder)
  • Hiking Shorts/Pants (Quick-Dry, Lightweight)
  • Hiking Shirt(s)
  • Hiking Shoes or Boots
  • Hiking Socks, for each day (Synthetic or Wool)
  • Prescription Medications
  • Spork, Bowl and Mug/Cup
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Prescription Medications
  • Bear Spray (in bear country)

 

RECOMMENDED

  • Snacks
  • Contact Lenses/Solution
  • Sports Bra
  • Underwear (fresh knickers for each day)
  • Beanie
  • Absorbent, quick drying, ultralight towel
  • Insulating Layer (long sleeve thermal shirt)
  • Rain Jacket/Shell (depending on weather)
  • Camp shoes or sandals
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Pocket Knife
  • Bug Repellant
  • Personal Toiletries
    • (Deodorant, toothbrush/toothpaste)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Day Pack (Lightweight)
  • Camping chair
  • Sun Block and Lip Balm 
  • Floss 

 

OPTIONAL

  • Ear Plugs
  • Pillow
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Lantern
  • Camera and Accessories
  • Swimwear
  • Dry bag (for cell phone, camera)
  • Energy Snacks and Drink Mixes
  • Electrolyte

Backpacking

REQUIRED

  • Backpacking backpack: 50 – 65 liters
  • Backpacking tent or shelter
  • Backpacking sleeping bag
  • Backpacking sleeping pad  
  • Jacket or Hoodie (Lightweight)
  • Headlamp with fresh batteries
  • Hydration system (2 - 3 liter bladder)
  • Water Treatment System aka Water Filter
  • Hiking Pants or Shorts (Quick-Dry, Lightweight)
  • Hiking Shirt(s)
  • Hiking Shoes or Boots
  • Hiking Socks, for each day (Synthetic or Wool)
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Prescription Medications (Lightweight)
  • Small Lighter and Matches
  • Map
  • Cookware
  • Backpacking Stove and gas
  • Spork, Bowl and Mug/Cup
  • Bear Spray (in bear country)
  • Bear Canister (in bear country)

 

RECOMMENDED

  • Snacks
  • Contact Lenses/Solution
  • Sports Bra
  • Underwear (fresh knickers for each day)
  • Beanie
  • Absorbent, quick drying, ultralight towel
  • Insulating Layer (long sleeve thermal shirt)
  • Rain Jacket/Shell (depending on weather)
  • Duct Tape (we’ll show you how to pack this)
  • Backpack Liner or Rain Cover 
  • Trekking Poles
  • Camp shoes or sandals
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Pocket Knife
  • Bug Repellant
  • Personal Toiletries
    • (Deodorant, toothbrush/toothpaste)
  • Epic Wipes (for your wilderness shower)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Sun Block and Lip Balm 
  • Floss 
  • Toilet Paper + Ziploc bags

 

OPTIONAL

  • Day Pack (Lightweight)
  • Pillow
  • Ear Plugs
  • Trowel  
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Camera and Accessories
  • Swimwear
  • Dry bag (for cell phone, camera)
  • Energy Snacks and Drink Mixes
  • Electrolyte