• Boy Scout Troup 157 - Weston, Massachusetts

    Outings and Gear

    Summer Trek Packing List

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    Items listed are essential unless noted. Nothing further of any appreciable weight should be brought along unless discussed with the group leader in advance. Best to organize your gear into a few bags (e.g., stuff sacks and zip lock bags) that can be quickly removed from your pack. E.g., one bag could be for clothes, another for toiletries, another for first aid kit and survival kit. Also bring a change of clothes to change into at end of trek, for ride home. This should be packed in a separate bag, so that it can be left in the car.

    Without food or water, and not including what you will be wearing, your loaded pack should weigh no more than about 18 lb. If your loaded pack (without food or water) weighs more than 20 lb, something is wrong. With ultralight gear, and no unessential extras, your loaded pack can probably be cut to 12 lb. Food and 2 L of water will probably add another 8-10 lb, so that you can expect to carry anywhere from 20-28 lb.

    • pack (internal or external, ideally a relatively small, lightweight pack, e.g., 3000-4000 cu. inches, 1-5 lb)
    • waterproof pack cover (essential to have a waterproof system to protect pack contents; garbage bag on outside is not adequate in a wind storm; it will tear, but putting the garbage bag inside the pack is an option, so long as you leave nothing in the top pockets; putting everything inside water resistant stuff sacks is another option, particularly if your pack is quite water resistant)
    • sleeping bag (usual 20 F bag is fine; actually only need a 40 F bag as this is a summer hike, 2-3 lb)
    • foam sleeping pad (compact and lightweight; either open cell foam, e.g., Thermarest, or closed cell foam, e.g., Z-Rest or RidgeRest, 1-2 lb)
    • tent (5-6 lb lightweight 2 person tent, with each boy sharing with someone, so that each person only carries about 2.5-3 lb)
    • water bottles (two 1 liter bottles, assuming plenty of water on the route; good idea to wrap your duct tape around one of your bottles)
    • plastic eating bowl, plastic drinking cup, spoon (and fork if you want)
    • rain jacket (as lightweight as possible, but water proof, not just water resistant; Goretex or equivalent best, but coated nylon OK; rain pants not needed, as nylon hiking shorts will quickly dry out)
    • hiking boots (medium weight, and worn in)
    • lightweight camp shoes (not necessary, but some people like to change into other shoes at end of day)
    • hat/cap (something to keep the sun off your face)
    • socks, 2-3 pairs (synthetic hiking socks; your option to also bring liner socks)
    • fleece jacket (long sleeve; this is a key item, as it is what will keep you warm at night and early morning if weather is cool; fleece is necessary, as it will dry out quickly)
    • long pants, 1 pair (synthetic, e.g., nylon; conceivably, you could substitute a second pair of shorts)
    • shorts, 1 pair (synthetic, e.g., nylon)
    • T shirts, 1-2 (synthetic so can be washed and hung up to dry each night since synthetic will dry quickly; only 1 T-shirt is really needed, as you can rely on the long underwear top as the second shirt; it, too, will dry quickly)
    • underwear, 2 pair (optional, OK to bring, but because they are cotton they can be a problem if you get wet, and not necessary if you wear hiking pants with built-in underwear)
    • long underwear, top only (synthetic only, top serves as a second T shirt, and will keep you warm on a cold night; long underwear bottoms are not needed)
    • sunglasses (optional, but a good idea)
    • sunscreen (could share containers of this with others)
    • insect repellent (could share containers of this with others)
    • garbage bags, 2 (these come in handy in various situations, and don't weigh much)
    • zip lock bags, 2 (for packing out toilet paper and trash)
    • toilet paper or tissues (in a zip lock bag)
    • plastic toilet trowel (for digging "cat hole" for burying human waste; could share this with others)
    • personal first aid (zip lock bag containing: dozen pain killer tablets, moleskin, a few yards of duct tape to go over hot spots on your feet (duct tape is best wrapped around your water bottle), a few bandaids for minor scrapes, any prescription medicines you might need on trek; more complete first aid kit will be carried by the adult leader)
    • personal survival kit (zip lock bag containing: nylon cord, 25' of 1/8" to 3/16", matches (ideally waterproof variety), pocket knife, compass, whistle, pen or pencil & few sheets of paper)
    • headlamp (with fresh batteries)
    • toiletries (this is up to personal preference, but some may find that the following is good: toothpaste, toothbrush, hair brush/comb, liquid soap in a small container, wash cloth in a zip lock bag, small towel)
    • camera (optional)
    • map (this will be supplied)