Most of our hiking is on trails, but the majority of Scouts and adult leaders prefer the internal frame and these have become the most commonly available packs.
For extended treks the internal frame pack should have a volume over 3,000 cubic inches (50 liters), but less than 4,200 cubic inches (70 liters).
Some scouts and adults use a bladder system, such as Platypus or Camelbak, for easier access.
Empty Gatorade bottles are lighter but don’t last as long.
Water Bottles: Two wide mouth plastic water bottles (32 ounce size) that fit inside the larger side pocket of most packs are great but their are lighter options.
Small mouth bottles are difficult to clean and to fill with a water filter, or a drink mix.
Kits are typically “personalized”, but all kits should include moleskin (for blisters), several adhesive bandages of various sizes, a few gauze pads, adhesive tape, and disinfecting ointment.
Save weight by building your own First Aid kit with a Ziplock bag and supplies.
The sleeping bag should have a comfort rating from 20° to 30° and should weigh no more than 3.5 pounds, but preferably less.
Note: sleeping bags should not be stored in the stuff-sack at home, as this will mat the filling, causing a reduction in loft, and thus warmth.
Check your cover, or backpack, for “waterproofness” prior to the trek.
Sleeping Bags are available in many sizes, fabric, fill, color, and price.
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