Coastal Camping Gear List

Coastal camping trips tend to be wet and cool. As a result, the trails are often filled with sloppy mud. To keep yourself comfortable, be sure to have a system that protects the contents of your backpack from getting wet!

Note: The trip leader may have some gear you can borrow

The Essentials

  • Navigation (map & compass)
  • Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  • Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  • Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  • Hydration 1.5 L , maybe an empty bottle too
  • Knife/multi-tool, and at least 3m of cordage
  • Whistle (on a cordelette or wristband)
  • First-Aid Kit (small personal kit)
  • 2 large garbage bags

Clothing (No Cotton!)

Hiking Clothes:

  • Sturdy hiking shoes/boots
  • Gaiters
  • Synthetic socks or wool socks for hiking
  • Rain jacket(shell)
  • Synthetic or thin wool T-Shirt
  • Synthetic or Wool mid-weight longsleeve
  • Synthetic gloves
  • Synthetic pants (or convertible pant/shorts)
  • Toque


Camp Cloths (dry):

  • Syntheticor wool T-shirt
  • Synthetic warm jacket
  • Synthetic or wool or mid-weight
  • Dry Wool Socks
  • Dry pants for camp


Optional Clothing:

  • Rain pants
  • Sleeping cloths
  • Long Underwear synthetic or wool
  • Rain Hat
  • Camp gloves
  • Camp shoes (light ,even sandals can be useful)


Camping Gear:

  • Backpack – minimum 50 L, max 28% of body weight
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag– rated to at least 0 but preferably -5 (you know what you need better)
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Stove/pot
  • Eating utensils (cup, bowl, spoon)
  • Toiletries


  • Snacks enough for each day + 1 extra day
  • Dinners for each night + 1 extra night
  • Lunches for each day

Extras Items:

  • Camera
  • Sitting Pad
  • GPS
  • Personal Locator Beacon/ satellite phone
  • Change of Clothes (waiting at trailhead)
  • dry shoes (waiting at the trailhead)
  • siltarp and cordage