A few weeks ago a colleague of mine asked for some advice on taking a camping trip in the Bay Area. He is new to camping and had a lot of questions. I plan to post my answers to his questions as well as the other advice I gave him in a series of blogs for the beginner camper.
This first post is a simple checklist of items for a day pack and overnight pack.
Day pack recommendations
Take these with you whenever you hike, even if you do not plan to camp out overnight.
- First aid and/or survival kit (I love my ultimate survival kit)
- Waterproof jacket
- Some food and treats (Nature Valley Oak ‘n Honey bars are always in my bag)
- Warm hat
- Torch or head lamp
- Compass (should be one in your survival kit but if not, bring one)
- Topographical map (unless you are on very clear or paved trail
- Matches (should be in your survival kit but if not bring a few)
Overnight pack recommendations
Add these to the day pack items for overnight camping.
- Food (dried not tinned as dried is lighter. Bring at least one more than you need as you should be carrying a little extra in case you get stranded/lost)
- Water purifier (such as a Steripen or use your stove to boil water)
- Sporks (we like the Light My Fire ones)
- Small canister stove (we have this super small MSR stove)
- Extra warm clothes
- Tent (we love our well used REI Half Dome)
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping pad (we both have a Therm-a-rest Prolite Plus)