Our backpacking checklist is your tried-and-true guide to packing smart for overnight hiking trips. The list is intentionally comprehensive so you don’t forget anything important.

The Ten Essentials

The must-haves for safety, survival, and basic comfort:

1. Navigation

  • Map (with protective case)
  • Compass
  • GPS (optional)
  • Altimeter (optional)

2. Sun protection

  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses

3. Insulation

  • Jacket, vest, pants, gloves, hat (see Clothing, below)

4. Illumination

  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Extra batteries

5. First-aid supplies

  • First-aid kit

6. Fire

  • Matches or lighter
  • Waterproof container
  • Fire starter (for emergency survival fire)

7. Repair kit and tools

  • Knife or multi-tool
  • Repair kits for stove, mattress; duct tape strips

8. Nutrition

  • Extra day’s supply of food

9. Hydration

  • Water bottles or hydration reservoirs
  • Water filter or other treatment system

10. Emergency shelter

  • Tent, tarp, bivy or reflective blanket

Source : https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/backpacking-checklist.html