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					Backpacking cross-                                    • medications & supplements (
                                                      • toilet paper
     off list
*if you need help getting some items,                 clothing (no cotton please)
        please ask Mr. Beacom                         • weatherproof jacket & pants
                                                      • insulating layers/jacket/sweater
the essentials                                        • 1 pair quick drying pants
                                                      • 1 long sleeve shirt (polar fleece or wool)
pack these necessities no matter                      • 1-2 short sleeved shirt
what length of trip.                                  • 1 pair warm pants (fleece or wool)
• food                                                • 2 pairs socks & underwear
• extra clothing layers (see below)                   • 1 pair long underwear/baselayers
• waterproof matches & fire starter                   • toque & gloves/mitts
• headlamp/flashlight/spare batteries                 • 1 brimmed sun/ rain hat
• multi-tool/knife (optional)
• compass
• repair kit
                                                      footwear
• whistle                                             • hiking shoes or boots (no skate shoes!!)
• sunglasses/sunscreen/lipbalm                        • hiking socks (no cotton)
• waterproof compression sack                         • wicking liner socks
• a reliable friend                                   • extra laces
                                                      • gaiters (optional)
                                                      • trekking poles (helps reduce knee/back strain)
basic equipment
• backpack
• tent/tarp/bivy sack (supplied)
                                                      miscellaneous
• tarp (supplied)                                     • bear spray (teachers)
• sleeping bag- (we can lend you one)                 • camping permits (teachers)
• sleeping pad- (we can lend you one)                 • duct tape (wrap around water bottle)
• stove/fuel (supplied)                               • watch
• eating utensils                                     • camera (take only pictures; leave only footprints)
• toiletries/personal items (see below)               • daypack (or use top of backpack)
                                                      • mirror
                                                      • pyjamas (optional)
additional camping                                    • bandana

equipment
• pack cover (line inside of pack with garbage bag)   additional items friendly
• tent footprint (supplied)
• tent pegs (supplied)
                                                      advice
                                                      •some items may be optional depending on your
                                                      route, the weather and the length of your trip.
food/cooking                                          •carry no more than 20-30% of your body
• food (adequate supply for trip~2lbs/pers/day)       weight including pack
• cookset/dishes (1 set per group)                          MEAL PLANNING
• cooking/eating utensils                             •   www.freezebagcooking.com
• pot grabber                                         •   http://www.easybackpackingtips.com/backpacking
• drinking cup/mug                                        menu.html
• ziplock/trash bags
• storage containers                                  •   www.mec.ca
• collapsible water container                         •   www.canadiantire.ca
• water bottle                                        •   http://ca.wholesalesports.com/storefront/
                                                      •   http://www.campers-village.com/store/
bringing the outdoors to you!                         •   http://www.basspro.com/homepage.html
• toothbrush & paste           • other personal       •   http://www.wildbackpacker.com/
toiletry items (no deodorant-go naturelle)
• small bath towel

				
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