Backpacking Checklist || REI

hey guys the topic of what to take back packing sparks a lot of debate among gear heads we love it but if you want things simplified we have a checklist that can help you out here’s the deal and what I like to take back packing no matter what you decide to take in your pack you always have to have the ten essentials those are navigation so compass map and some sort of protective cover headlamp sun protection first aid kit so I have mine in this bag but there’s also lots of really awesome first-aid kits already come prepackaged and have their own compartments knife I like this knife because it’s really lightweight and really easy to use but a multi-tool might work for you fire so whether that’s waterproof matches or a lighter or whatever it is that will work best for your trip shelter so tent or tarp or hammock or whatever extra water so that’s some sort of filter or purifier and then something to hold your water you can use a water bottle but I use a reservoir because it helps me stay hydrated and it stays close to my back and extra food so I keep mine in a bear canister you could also use a bear sack or you can use some cord and a carabiner if you want to do a bear hang and you know how to do that and then extra clothing so getting into some of the other things that I bring in my pack in this instance I’m going somewhere where I need to be concerned about bears so I have bear spray in a holster this is just that it could be easily accessible on the outside of my pack because fairy dust if it’s inside your pack a couple other things oh yeah I have my poop kit so in here I have a this is what I uses my pee rag which is really just for women but highly recommend having a pee rag and then a trowel as well as some blue bags and then any toilet paper that I would be bringing with me would go in here oh wow yeah so then I have my sleeping pad and my sleeping bag which is in a compression sack just to make a little bit smaller to easily fit in the bottom of my pack and then I have my cook kit so I have this titanium spork which is awesome if you don’t want to break sporks on trail and then I also have a bowl with a lid on it I like to put my food into here if I think I’m gonna have leftovers for breakfast in the morning or to help rehydrate and then I can put this bowl into my hat to stay warm and then I have my little cook kit here so in here I have a couple things so I have a small rag for drying things and then I have this pot grabber handle and then I have a small stove the stove that I have is Auto lighting which I really like but there’s a ton of different options out there and then I have some soap and I have a windscreen as well oh and then I also fuel this is a really large canister of fuel which I have for economy’s sake there’s a bunch of different sizes and some people will choose to put their fuel into their pot instead it’s totally up to you but make sure you have fuel else so yeah so then I also have my toiletries which I’ll keep in the brain of my pack and these are things like toothpaste toothbrush contacts case if you’re like me and wear contacts or glasses or whatever I just keep in mind that anything that does smell like toothpaste will have to go into your bear canister so I recommend bringing as few smelly things as you can which means leaving the deodorant at home and I also have my camp shoes which are super lightweight and these are great because they give your feet a break from boots this is obviously you know a lot of people will bring a lot less than this or a lot more I’m going for a couple days and I like to kind of have a little bit more comfort in some ways oh yeah I don’t see my cell phone so like a lot of people I use this as my camera as well as my alarm clock so I have this guy my true weight on my pack with food and water is about 28 to 30 pounds like I said you can go a lot lighter than that and you can also go a lot heavier than that if you want to so that’s the deal on what I like to take in my backpack if you do want a checklist we have a printable version of this online and you can get this by clicking the link in the description below and if you want any more videos or information please check out any of the links on the side and we hope to see you out there

63 thoughts on “Backpacking Checklist || REI

  1. Cord and extra carabiner is great to have, but you do not want to hang a bear canister. A long drop could compromise them. But extra cord could hang a pack in Marmot country, or a garbage bag unfit to go in the canister.

  2. Leave the deodorant at home anyway. It's useless after the middle of the second day; you're going to smell bad with or without it. Just embrace the stink. If you can't do that, backpacking may not be the best outdoor activity for you.

  3. Good list, and you're right – this is super controversial stuff. I highly suggest anybody interested in pack lists go watch as many as you can find. Watch ultralight lists and thru-hiker lists. Most thru hikers who post lists will do one before the trail with their initial pack list and one after they finish with their final pack list. Watching both is fascinating. A thru-hiker covers hundreds or even thousands of miles and NOBODY knows better what is useful on the trail and what isn't and seeing the difference between their starting and finishing lists will really clue you in to what you should just leave behind. If they found something useless over hundreds of miles, you probably really don't need it for that weekend or week-long trip, and the more stuff you leave behind the more fun you have. Joe Brewer (Backcountry Banter) and Dixie (Homemade Wanderlust) have some great comparison lists, but there are plenty more to watch.

  4. Weight can vary depending on what you choose to carry and the weight of your items (different options in the same category will have different weights). An ultralight hiker may get there pack down to around 10 pounds, but a traditional backpacker doing a multi-day trip is probably carrying around 30 lbs.

  5. It should also be noted that one of the most important things you can do is research where you'll be hiking thoroughly. In my neck of the woods, it's advisable to pack for overnight, even if you're just planning a day hike. SAR operations are very frequent here (100+ annually), and many could have been avoided by proper planning and gear. You must always keep in mind that if you need to be rescued, it will be at least several hours before help gets to you, maybe even longer. Miranda, these are great videos from you and REI- keep it up!

  6. There are reasons. Some areas may be too rocky or frozen to allow you to dig a hole or you may be backpacking near your water source which you don't want to contaminate, etc. It's best to be prepared!

  7. Overpacking much? Then again it doesnt say where she is going and for how long. The more she shows the more money REI gets

  8. This video was all over the place. Wish you had followed the lists layout that you provide at

    oh well.

  9. If you're coming from Mrs.Ness's class here is a free pass,
    2.)Head lamp
    3.)First aid kit
    5.) 🔥
    7.) Water
    8.) Thing to hold your water
    10.)Extra clothing

  10. Enjoyed viewing your videos, some good information. I have always packed a little heavier because you never know when you might have to spend an uncomfortable overnighter due to having to help another injured hiker. Too heavy, then get in better shape.Too many people think hiking is a "walk in the park" until "it" hits the fan. After being a member of the CMC for many years, I found their list of what to take on a hike valuable.

  11. Interesting, but just to heavy for me. I always agree someone should hike their own hike.  A couple of short hikes will narrow your pack selection to what you need and what you want. Experience is a great teacher.

  12. I have previously commented on how well you did on this video. I thought I would leave a couple of small  light weight suggestions. Esbit Folding Pocket Stove makes a very light-weight stove with fuel cubes that can be stored inside the stove, and placed inside the SS 16 oz. cup made for the Nalgene Bottle width. Then for toilet paper (pee cloth) or wash cloth the Wysi Wipes can be used instead and/or reused, and 5-6 can be stored in a waterproof match case. These are always in my Day Pack as well. Also, I always take my OR Double Bivy, Gortex in my Day Pack as well, less than one pound, for unexpected overnighters too. I don't believe they make these anymore though.

  13. Holy heavy pack lol but I like how she says some ppl bring a lot less. Yet I’ve made the mistake in bringing a lot more in the past. Nice video thx

  14. the great thing about rei's website is that they have a lot of things about tips, tutorials, and most importantly checklists varied for different occasions from tent camping to hiking all for free.
    no need to sign up or put your email to download the list which is really great.
    also i really love their youtube channel and the presenter.

  15. I don't live in America but I have been watching this "channel" because it is reasonably informative and a bit fun, however apart from one chap called Colin in a video about trailhead all the other participants appear to be only women. Is REI a female only shop? Or has political correctness reached America despite your current President? Either way I think that some men might like to hear backpacking tips from people who maybe are not quite so condescending, just a thought.

  16. So far so good.>>>    I put a bigger rain guard on it and it has kept the rain out thus far (only light rain). It was very, very easy to put up. I am using it on a cemented area for my 95lb English lab. He loves it as opposed to the various dog houses that I have purchased and given away as he refused to use them. Highly recommend

  17. One big thing she forgot: tent, water bottle although she did have hydration pack, and a highly recommended foldable backpacking chair

  18. Aww, ur toes are cute, I like turquoise, why u hide them? :/ probably cuz all the PERVS that commented on her poop video!

  19. I'm an old camper. I've been camping since 1979 when I was 11 years old.
    I learned camping in scouting. And at 51, I still camp. Last week for one week. I was in Camp Aquahunga in Ten Mile River Scout Camps in Narrowsburg, New York.
    Of course for a week of camping. I had to pack a lot more. Therefore my pack was heavier.
    A roller bag suit case is not the answer. I thought about it. But a lot more heavier, and harder to manage.
    The pack might be heavy to get it on my back. But once it's on my back. I'm okay.
    Anywhere in the woods is home.

  20. I'll save space by not carrying bear bag and once I find bear we are gonna go and catch some more food together 😁

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