Safety | Trail report | Warnings and closures

This is a list of items common to many backcountry packing lists. It takes time to learn what works best for you. As always, your safety is your responsibility.


  • tent, lightweight with groundsheet and fly 
  • sleeping pad 
  • sleeping bag 
  • repair kit


  • hiking boots and camp shoes 
  • socks and underwear 
  • pants and/or shorts 
  • short and long-sleeved shirt 
  • insulating base-layer and outer layer 
  • rainwear or shell, and gators 
  • hat and gloves (in the summer) 
  • basic toiletries & toilet paper

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 & cooking 

  • water treatment or filter  
  • water bottle or camelback, 1L minimum 
  • food and beverages 
  • stove and fuel, with waterproof matches or a lighter 
  • cooking and eating utensils 
  • water storage container 
  • garbage bags and baggies 
  • sturdy food sack

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.

Safety essentials

  • bear spray
  • sunglasses & sunscreen 
  • headlamp or flashlight 
  • pocketknife or multi-tool 
  • rope & carabiner (enough to hang a food sack – approx 40 m) 
  • trip plan (left with a friend or family member) 
  • insect repellent 
  • map & compass 
  • first aid and blister kits 
  • whistle

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

Other items you may find helpful...

  • 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 
  • change of clothes and sandals for the drive home