What to Take to Camp with You (Christikon Trails)

Christikon Trails (backpacking) Programs: What to Take to Camp with You

This checklist reflects the experience of many backpackers, and should be helpful as you prepare to come for backpacking at Christikon. Of course, this list is not “the final word” on what to have while you’re on the trails, since individual needs, budgets and preferences may vary. But please consider this list seriously.

Basic equipment:

  • Hiking shoes (an extra set of laces is sometimes a good idea)
  • Sneakers or sandals (not “flip-flops,” though. You need something that will stay on your feet during stream crossings. And lighter shoes are more comfortable and have less impact around camp in the evenings)
  • Sleeping bag and stuff sack
  • Sleeping pad
  • Rain poncho or other light rain gear

Clothing (be prepared for extremes of weather):

  • Socks for hiking
  • Underwear
  • Upper-body: (shirt, jacket, sweater, sweat shirt, down or fleece vest.) T-shirts are fine for warm weather, and are typical hiking wear. But have something for cool nights and nasty weather. Consider combinations: windbreaker & sweater & T-shirt; or rain jacket & sweatshirt & long- sleeved underwear & T-shirt; or jacket & vest & sweater, etc.
  • Hiking shorts. Most people wear shorts much of the time.
  • Long pants for cold weather and to protect against evening mosquitos. Jeans will work, but don’t provide much warmth when they are wet. Some prefer to have wool pants. Some prefer to have lightweight rain pants, and use them with long underwear. (Remember: multiple use.)
  • Gloves or mittens; stocking cap.

Other items:

  • Mosquito repellant. Some like a hat with mosquito netting too.
  • Sun screen lotion. This is important! At higher elevations you are much more likely to get a serious sunburn, even on cloudy days.
  • Small flashlight (perhaps spare batteries)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste, soap (biodegradable is best), comb, etc.
  • Small towel, washcloth
  • Kleenex (travel pack), handkerchief, or bandanna

Also consider:

  • Bath towel for showering at camp (you can leave it at camp while you’re out on the trail).
  • Camera (and film, if the camera isn’t electronic)
  • Foot powder
  • Lip protection (Chapstick, etc.)
  • Sunglasses or sun visor or cap
  • Long underwear (polypropylene, fleece, etc.)
  • Pen or pencil (for journaling)
  • Fishing gear (see information on fishing).
  • Plastic bags (see packing considerations)

CreationCare participants could be working in wet or muddy conditions. An extra change of work clothing may be handy. Include a long-sleeved shirt to protect your arms when carrying brush, logs, etc. Leather work gloves are also a good idea.

Christikon will provide you and your group with backpacks, tents, cooking equipment and food, water bottles, and other community gear.

What NOT to take to Camp:

  • Music players (boom boxes, cassette, CD, MP3, iPod, etc.). If you bring these to camp, we will keep them safe for you while you are with us, and return them to you when you depart.
  • Pets.
  • Hunting knives.
  • Firearms or ammunition.
  • Fireworks or firecrackers (they are illegal).
  • Alcohol, illegal drugs, and smoking or chewing tobacco are not permitted.
  • Also, it’s not wise to bring large quantities of snack foods with you. While you’re at the main camp your personal foods will need to be placed in special rodent-proof storage. On the trail, all personal food items you have must be placed in the bear bag each day when you make camp. Some personal snacks are fine, of course. Just keep in mind: low weight and bulk.

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