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Banff National Park

Backpacking Equipment Checklist

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This is a list of suggested equipment, which you can adjust to suit your personal preferences. Mountain weather is unpredictable; be prepared for winter conditions at any time of the year. Snow may persist in high mountain regions into the summer and avalanche danger may be in any season. This equipment list does not account for the special knowledge and equipment required to travel in avalanche terrain.


  • Long underwear
  • Wool sweater, down vest, or fleece jacket
  • Raingear pants and jacket, gaiters
  • Hat and gloves / mittens
  • Shorts, pants and shirt
  • Extra socks
  • Boots - with ankle support and good soles
  • Sandals / runners - for fording streams and at camp


  • Tent with waterproof fly
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Stove, fuel, pot, dishes, eating and cooking utensils
  • Food including enough for an extra day
  • Water filter, purification tablets or extra fuel for boiling your water

Other essentials

  • Wilderness Pass
  • Topographic map
  • Compass
  • Waterproof matches &/or lighter
  • Candle
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Signaling device (whistle/mirror)
  • Emergency blanket
  • Repair kit
  • Sunglasses, sunhat
  • Sunscreen & lip balm
  • Garbage bags
  • Pencil & paper
  • Toilet paper
  • Rope 8 m. approx.
  • Knife
  • Water bottle


  • Binoculars
  • Altimeter
  • Notebook / sketchpad
  • Camera & film
  • Bear spray
  • Toiletries
  • Trowel
  • Insect repellant
  • Field guide(s)