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Backpacking Gear List

Each participant must make sure that they have the cloting and equipment needed to make them comfortable and safe in the wilderness. It is also necessary that they have room and the ability to carry their share of the group gear needed to make the trip successful. Participants are cautioned against bringing extra things not included on this list.


Being prepared for foul or unseasonable weather is one of the most important considerations when hiking, and hypothermia is a serious danger to anyone in the wild. Please note that cotton clothing is inappropriate for backpacking or hiking in any conditions except daytime in the low desert, where cooling is more important that warmth. Athletic apparel made out of man-made materials such as nylon, fleece or polypropylene are appropriate for backpacking. While expensive, wool is also a great material as well.


  • Nylon or wool zip-off pants (the thicker the better). Scout pants are very high quality.
  • Non-cotton socks.
  • Non-cotton long sleeved shirt.
  • Non-cotton underwear (really).
  • Backpacking/Hiking boots - must be higher than your ankle. Not sneakers or low top hiking shoes. Participants must be wearing hiking boots at the meeting spot.


  • Waterproof Rain Jacket (no ponchos).
  • Waterproof Rain Pants (no ponchos).
  • Fleece Jacket.
  • Non-cotton long underwear top and bottom.
  • Ski hat that covers ears.
  • Light weight baseball cap or wide brimmed hat.
  • Light weight gloves.
  • 1-2 pairs of non-cotton socks.

Extras for longer hikes:

  • 1-2 pair of clean non-cotton underwear.
  • Croc-style shoes for in-camp wear only.
  • All extra clothing stored in a trash compactor rated bag. Don't tie it in a knot.
  • If hiking for more than 3 days, a clean set of clothes to sleep in. Again, no cotton.


  • Sturdy plate that can double as a bowl.
  • Metal or sturdy plastic spoon.
  • Small nylon sack to put eating items in.
  • 1 wide mouth 1 liter NalgeneTM bottle (for hot drinks, boiling water, etc...)
  • 2 more 1 liter sized water bottles (can reuse a spring water bottle or gatorade bottle)
  • Water bottles should be filled with water at the start of a hike.

Personal Kit

  • Cotton bandanna (yes, we know) or camptowel for sweat, cleanup, etc... 
  • Small pocket knife (make sure you have your totin' chip!).
  • Bug repellant - make sure that this contains DEET.
  • Toothbrush and travel size toothpaste.
  • Small container of hand sanitizer.
  • Flashlight or headlamp.
  • Travel-sized container of camp soap.
  • Toilet Paper in small ziplock bag and small trowel.
  • 1 or 2 gallon size bags for carrying out trash.


Greater Niagara Frontier Council #380, Boy Scouts of America, 2860 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14225
Service Center Hours:  Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Phone (716) 891-4073 - Fax (716) 891-4008
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