A backpacking checklist is something essential as you get ready to set off onto your wilderness hike. There's no going back if you've forgotten something. And there's no room for unessential items. Even the smallest item will seem to triple in weight after a morning on the trail!
Suggestions that make sense are always helpful. So what do we need to know...
One thing is, what type of terrain will be encountered. Another is the time of the year. These will affect some of the essential pack items to have along.
But there are certain essential categories to include - and then you can itemize the variable items accordingly. So, after considering that you will of course have a backpack - start out with these categories:
Remember that less is more. As you walk a trail, you want to enjoy your hike. It's not to be a chore! Too much weight will make it more work.
All the items in the list should be chosen by what is the lightest, smallest choice you can make. Plus the most practical for hiking. Is there something that can serve a dual purpose?
Good hydration is always a concern when hiking. Even more-so in the Arizona sun! Your backpacking checklist will always include methods for water storage. It's better to include purification methods such as tablets, which take much less pack room than purification filtering systems.
A water bag or bladder is a convenient method for carrying about 2 liters of water along with you. Since they are flexible containers, these systems take up less space as the water is used.
An important thing to remember is to always pre-hydrate before beginning any hike. See important tips on Arizona hiking safety by clicking here >
Best of all - here's a great checklist to download. It has all of the essential items, that you need. You can print it out - get it by clicking here>