Packing Check List (download it in PDF form)

This checklist reflects a common experience of backpackers and should be helpful as you prepare for your time with us at Christikon. We are mindful that individual needs, budgets and preferences may vary, but please use this list as a packing guide.

Basic equipment:

  • Hiking shoes
  • Sneakers or sandals (not “flip-flops”) for stream crossings and walking around the campsite.
  • Sleeping bag and stuff sack
  • Sleeping pad
  • Light rain gear (jacket, poncho, etc.)

Clothing (be prepared for extremes of weather):

  • Socks for hiking
  • UnderwearUpper-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.
  • Sunscreen. Very important! At higher elevations you are 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 are out on the trail).
  • Camera (most will use their phone)
  • 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)