Backpacker woman

To become a proficient survivalist, you must practice and there’s no better way to put your survival skills to use than backpacking and hiking treks into the wilderness.  Even for a simple day hike, you will require supplies, tools, and sustenance for the trip.  Below is a complete list of backpacking supplies you should take (or consider taking) on your hiking trip.

Note that the list of backpacking supplies differs in many ways from the supplies required in a survival kit or bugout bag which tend to allow for much greater quantities and weights of supplies.  Compare the list of survival supplies to this list of backpacking supplies and pick and choose between the two to create the ultimate supply list.

Day hike

For a day hike, consider taking the following supplies in your backpack.

  1. Compass and/or portable GPS
  2. Map
  3. Food
  4. Water
  5. Water bottle
  6. First aid kit
  7. Fire starting kit: butane lighter, cotton balls, trioxane tablets, fire starter, waterproof matches
  8. Sunglasses
  9. Sunscreen
  10. Extra layers of clothing
  11. Flashlight or headlamp
  12. Extra batteries
  13. Shovel
  14. Rope and cord
  15. Whistle
  16. Signal mirror

Multi-day hike or backpacking trip

For hikes longer than a day, consider take the following supplies.


  1. Quick-drying nylon pants or shorts
  2. Short-sleeve T-Shirts
  3. Long-sleeve T-Shirts
  4. Fleece or wool pants
  5. Fleece or wool top
  6. Fleece or wool vest
  7. Long wicking underwear
  8. Underwear


  1. Poncho or other rain gear
  2. Wide-brim hat
  3. Stocking cap
  4. Fleece gloves
  5. Glove liners
  6. Bandanna


  1. Wool or synthetic socks
  2. Synthetic or silk sock liners
  3. Hiking boots
  4. Extra shoe laces
  5. Sandals (for camp and fording waterways)

Camping gear

  1. Backpack
  2. Pack cover
  3. Tent and rainfly
  4. Tarp or reflective blanket
  5. Ground cloth (tent footprint)
  6. Sleeping bag
  7. Compression sacks
  8. Sleeping pad
  9. Stuff sacks for clothes, food, etc.
  10. Stove and fuel
  11. Cooking utensils (pots, pans, forks, spoon, knife)
  12. Drinking cup
  13. Plastic garbage bags
  14. Freezer bags
  15. Biodegradable soap
  16. Scrub brush
  17. Water filter and purification tablets

Personal items

  1. Toilet paper
  2. Trowel or shovel
  3. Toothbrush and toothpaste
  4. Small bath towel
  5. Brush or comb
  6. Lip balm
  7. Insect repellent
  8. Head net
  9. Whistle
  10. Signal mirror
  11. Pocketknife and multitool
  12. Treking polies or staff
  13. Parachute cord (100 feet)
  14. Watch
  15. Repair kits, spare parts (tents, cooking utensils, clothing)
  16. Duct tape (or duct tape strips)
  17. Bear canister


  1. Field guide
  2. Journal and pen
  3. Books
  4. Solar chargers
  5. Camera (and extra battery)
  6. Binoculars
  7. Playing cards or other games
  8. Fishing tackle (and license)
  9. Large fixed-blade knife
  10. Saw
Sources: Coleman Outdoors, REI Coop