Overnight Backpacking Checklist

Need to know what to pack for an upcoming overnight or multi-day excursion? Here’s our overnight backpacking checklist that you have to use! 

We recently did an overnighter in Elfin Lakes which is located in Squamish, British Columbia. Here’s the gear we took. Please note that this list entails all the necessities. Your planned route may require additional gear (IE: Winter hikes; Gaiters.) 


  • Light/Headlamp
  • Signaling device- Whistle
  • Firestarter
  • Clothing/ Extra warm clothes
  • Knife
  • Emergency blanket
  • Water & filter
  • First aid kit
  • Navigation- compass/maps
  • Communication- cell phone

Camping gear

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Pillow

Kitchen gear

  • Cooking stove
  • Spork or cutlery
  • Food & snacks
  • Garbage bags

Hygiene gear

  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand soap

Misc gear

  • Trail permit
  • Bear spray
  • Entertainment- books/ playing cards
  • Cell phone charger
  • Earplugs
  • Camera
  • Sandals & socks
  • Dry bag
  • Rope/ cordage

Essential gear from ROI featuring Deuter, Dahlgren & Treksta.


Hopefully, these tips will help you when packing for your next excursion. Thank you for reading and if you have any questions, please comment below!

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