We recommend REI’s “10 Essentials” List of things to carry on backpack trips as well as day hikes, i.e., Navigation (map and compass), Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen), Insulation (extra clothing), Illumination (headlamp/flashlight), First-aid supplies, Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles), Repair kit and tools, Nutrition (extra food), Hydration (extra water), Emergency shelter.
Talk to BIG members about their choices for:
- water treatment, e.g., Steripen, filters
- food protection, e.g., Ursack, bear canister, hanging from tree
- stoves, e.g., JetBoil, Snowpeak, Whisperlite
- sleeping pads
REI has overall ‘expert advice’ for various gear categories.