Ultralight Backpacking Checklist

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Ultralight Backpacking Checklist
Ultralight Backpacking Items

Ultralight backpacking lets you hike faster and farther, but don’t forget safety. A proper gear list is important so you don’t forget anything important.

The Ten Essentials
For safety, survival and basic comfort:

1. Navigation

  • Map (with protective case)
  • Compass
  • GPS (optional)

2. Sun Protection

  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses

3. Insulation

  • Shirt
  • Pants
  • Jacket
  • Hat
  • Vest
  • Gloves

4. Illumination

5. First-aid supplies

6. Fire

  • Matches or lighter
  • Waterproof container
  • Fire starter

7. Repair kit and tools

8. Nutrition

  • Extra day’s supply of food

9. Hydration

 

10. Emergency Shelter
(listed lightest to heaviest)