Hiking Packing List for Trekking Trips

Don’t Forget These Essentials When Trekking or Camping

Guided camping trips often vary in terms of what outfitters provide. When you adventure with High Road, we typically provide some gear along with a personalized hiking packing list. (Each destination and program can vary, so be sure to connect with your trip leader for the definitive list). Here’s what we provide:

  1. Tents: We provide 3-4 person tents for you to sleep in. You will set them up, but we will be there to assist. You are responsible for bringing your own sleeping bag and sleeping mat.
  2. Cooking Equipment: We will provide for all your main meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and the cookware for preparing it. You will be expected to bring your own eating utensils, bowls, and cups.
  3. Safety Gear: This includes items like first aid kits, emergency communication devices, and sometimes bear canisters for food storage in bear-prone areas.
  4. Guides: The most valuable asset of a guided camping trip is often the experienced guides who accompany you. They’ll offer expertise, lead activities, and ensure your safety.

Hiking Packing List: What you should bring

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  1. Clothing: Dress appropriately for the weather and layer your clothing. Don’t forget to pack rain gear and extra warm clothing for cooler nights.
  2. Footwear: Sturdy and comfortable hiking boots or shoes are a must. Make sure they’re well broken in to prevent blisters.
  3. Personal Items: Bring personal items like toiletries, medications, and any necessary personal gear (e.g., prescription glasses, contact lenses).
  4. Backpack: You’ll need a backpack to carry your personal items, such as clothing, water, snacks, and any other essentials. Most people do well with the volume of a 45L pack. You may want to consider a front pack as well.
  5. Water and Hydration: Although clean, filtered water is provided, you will need to bring a reusable water bottle or hydration system. For high school-aged campers and older, we suggest bringing a personal water filtration device as well.
  6. Navigation: Consider carrying a map and compass. Although our guides provide navigation, it’s a useful skill to have.
  7. Sleeping Gear: Bring a sleeping bags and sleeping mat appropriate for your trip. Consult with your trip leader regarding suggested bag ratings. We have trips in the Himalayas as well as tropical rain forests. Your sleeping bag needs will be dependent on your expedition’s destination.
  8. Helpful Items: Not required, but most adventurers like to bring their own headlamp or flashlight. Feel free to bring other items like a camera or a deck of cards. Remember, though, the more you bring, the more you carry!
  9. Journal and Pen: This will be one of your most valuable tools. It’s handy for random notes to remember, but also a great tool for growing through your expedition.
  10. Positive Attitude: Finally, bring a positive attitude and a willingness to learn and explore. Guided camping trips are not just about survival but also about enjoying and learning from the experience.

We provide a detailed list of what we provide and any specific requirements for your journey. Be sure to communicate with your trip leader to get this list. This will ensure you’re adequately prepared and can make the most of your High Road adventure.