What to Pack...
Everyone brings different equipment when they head into the Sierra Wilderness. Your experience level and the type of trip you’re planning will play a huge role in determining what gear you bring, but here are some basics to consider when packing for any overnight wilderness trip in the Sierra.
- Hiking Boots – Should be broken-in and waterproofed.
- Rain Jacket and Pants
- Wool or Fleece Pants
- Fleece Jacket or Wool Sweater
- Wool socks
- Liner socks (if you like liners)
- Underwear and T-shirts
- Wool or Fleece Cap
- Lightweight Hat with Brim
- Map of your route and a compass (and the ability to read both)
- Appropriate food for your trip, plus some extra
- Bear Canister allowed for use in the area you're visiting
- Sleeping Bag and Waterproof Stuff sack
- Tent or tarp with ground cloth
- Sleeping Pad
- First-aid Kit – Don’t forget moleskin
- Stove, cook-kit, and fuel
- Matches or lighter
- Lightweight Eating Gear – Cup, bowl, spoon.
- Flashlight or Headlamp
- Pocket knife or multi-tool
- Garbage Bags
- Water Bottle
- Collapsable water container for camp
- Mosquito Repellent
- Chapstick and Sun Screen
- Toilet paper in a plastic bag
- Trowel for digging cat holes (for human waste)
- Toiletries – Toothbrush/paste, personal medications
- Repair Kit
- Decent sunglasses
- Duct tape
- Maybe some more duct tape
- Sandals or camp shoes
- Journal and pen/pencil
- Fishing Gear with a fishing permit
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