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.


  • tent with waterproof fly and groundsheet
  • sleeping pad
  • sleeping bag
  • repair kit
  • backpack
  • hiking boots with ankle support and good soles, extra socks
  • sandals or runners for fording streams and at camp
  • socks and underwear
  • pants and/or shorts
  • short and long-sleeved shirt
  • insulating base-layer and outer layer (long underwear)
  • rainwear or shell, and gaiters
  • hat and gloves
  • sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat or baseball cap

Dry clothes go a long way to making you feel comfortable. Pack light but bring something dry to change into when you reach camp.

Food and cooking
  • water treatment or filter (Drinking Water in the Great Canadian Outdoors)
  • water bottle or camelback, 1L minimum
  • food, including enough for an extra day
  • stove and fuel, with waterproof matches or a lighter
  • cooking and eating utensils
  • water storage container
  • garbage bags to pack out all food and personal trash
  • sturdy food sack (or backpack) for hanging

For your safety and that of wildlife, your food must be suspended from the food storage cables in your campground. Ensure you have a sturdy food sack that will stand up to wind and the elements. To stay safe and protect wilderness, manage your food, food smells and garbage.

  • backcountry permit and reservation
  • bear spray
  • sunglasses & sunscreen
  • headlamp or flashlight
  • pocketknife or multi-tool
  • rope and carabiner (approx 8 m)
  • trip plan (left with a friend or family member)
  • insect repellent
  • topographic map and trip description: guidebooks and topographic maps are available at the Banff Visitor Centre and outdoor retailers and bookstores in Banff and Lake Louise.
  • GPS/compass
  • first aid and blister kits
  • whistle
  • extra batteries for your devices
  • compact emergency kit (i.e. waterproof matches or lighter, flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries, signaling device such as a whistle or mirror, emergency blanket, pencil and paper
  • basic toiletries & toilet paper


It is recommended that you carry bear spray and know how to use it.

Other items you may find helpful...
  • personal locator beacon
  • camera with charged batteries and an empty memory card
  • notebook and pencil
  • deck of cards
  • fishing permit
  • binoculars
  • biodegradable soap
  • camp towel
  • watch or alarm clock
  • candle
  • trowel
  • altimeter
  • field guide(s)
  • trekking poles
  • satellite phone
  • change of clothes and sandals for the drive home