Suggested Clothing List – Please be mindful that this isn’t a typical vacation, as such, you should not be packing a change of clothes for each day. Due to the duration of the trip, packing the minimal amount of clothing possible (without sacrificing comfort or warmth) is our goal. Remember less is more when you are carrying everything on your back.


  • Over Night Backpack with rain cover (50-70L)
  • Backpacking tent – Tent with fly and pegs (Can be shared between 2 or 3 people if needed)
  • Sleeping Bag (with stuff sack/drybag) (+5° C to -20°C, depending on your comfort level, sleeping bag should be lightweight and pack down small)
  • Sleeping pad/Thermarest
  • Headlamp (Extra battery) (the flashlight on your smartphone is not an acceptable substitute)
  • Trekking Poles


  • Water bottle
  • Water purification tablets (Aqua tabs) or water filtration system. Water is clean if you don’t want to bring them but if you’re on the fence bring some.
  • Food – Reminder to always bring an extra meal for a day’s worth for emergencies. 
  • Hydration Bladder 

Backcountry Kitchen

  • Jet boil/Backpacking stove
  • Fuel
  • Dishes/Bowls – Most meals that are freeze dried you can eat out of the package.
  • Spoon/Fork
  • Light weight pot – If your meals need to be cooked. Jet boils are great for adding boiling water. Always check your dehydrated/freeze dried meals for instructions.
  • Mug/Cup
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Small quick-dry towel
  • Bag for garbage – Remember to pack out what you pack in. 


Leave the cotton behind. Make sure your layers are made of quick-drying materials that wick moisture.

  • River crossing shoes – Evening shoes (Holey Soles (strap), lightweight sandals (strap) or lightweight runners)
  • Gaiters – (for rainy, snowy or muddy conditions)
  • Hiking Boots
  • Toque & Mitts
  • Warm wool or synthetic socks
  • Long underwear top and bottoms (synthetic or merino wool – these are good for an extra layer of warmth, and also used for sleeping in.)
  • Wind/waterproof shell for top and bottom. Rain Gear.
  • Fleece or another synthetic jackets/sweater. (Insulation layer)
  • Shirt/Pants for hiking in. (quick drying, breathable fabric)
  • Long sleeve. Great for sun protection.
  • Shorts – Optional
  • Underwear/Bra


  • Watch
  • GPS
  • Satellite Messenger – Inreach/Spot
  • Map/Compass


  • First Aid Kit
  • Blister Care
  • Whistle
  • Fire Starter
  • Bear spray
  • Lighter/Waterproof matches
  • Let a friend know you’re going on a trip.
  • Emergency Blanket

Health & Hygiene

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Toilet Paper/Wipes – Try and get the biodegradable – Camper brand
  • Prescription Medications
  • Prescription Glasses
  • Sun Protection
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm
  • Sun hat
  • Insect Repellent

Tools & Repair Kit

  • Knife or Multi-tool
  • Repair Kit
  • Duct Tape strips – I put a couple wraps around my poles.

Backpacking Extras

  • Daypack
  • Camera
  • Journal/Pen
  • Book
  • Cards/Games
  • Binoculars
  • Tarp
  • Power Bank to charge electronics & cord.

Personal Items

  • Credit card and/or cash
  • ID
  • Car keys
  • Cell phone
  • Change of clothes waiting for you in the car.