High School Packing List


Backpacking Packing List




SIZE: 60-75 liters (smaller students can use a 55 liter pack)
MEASURE: Torso before buying (How to Measure Torso Video
Backpack Guide from Sierra Trading Post (useful!)

•Hip Belt
•External H20 Pockets
•Ability to Tie Stuff on Outside
•Adjustable Torso

GREAT BRANDS: Osprey, Mountainsmith, Black Diamond, Gregory, Arcteryx

Rain Gear
•GoreTex Shells (lasts much longer, can be re-waterproofed)
•Breathable (we recommend "pit-zips")

GREAT BRANDS: Outdoor Research, Gore, Polartec, Mountain Hardware

Sleeping Bags
•Warm, Light, Compact
•20 Degrees or Lower Rating
•Must Have Waterproof Compression Sack (Size Med. should work for most bags, but you can check by putting your sleeping bag in the sack) 
•Mummy Bags required
•Look for bags that are around 3 lbs

Sleeping Pads
•Self-inflating (example) or Closed Cell Foam (example)
•Check Weight (lighter is better)
•There are Gender Specific Pads (not necessary, but can be nice)
•Thermarest is Best   

Note: A sleeping pad is what keeps your body warm, as the cold ground is responsible for sucking away your body heat. It is important to get a sleeping pad that can pack very small, but will also be warm. 



 1-2 Pair Quick-dry Hiking Pants (no cotton, no jeans, one pair can be non-cotton yoga)

☐ 1 Pair of Sweat or Fleece Pants for around camp (optional)

 1 Pair Shorts (board shorts are great!)

 1 Fleece Top (medium weight)

 1 Long Underwear Bottoms (polypropylene or wool)

☐ 1 Long Underwear Top (polypropylene or wool)

 2 Long sleeve shirt (1 lightweight button-down for sun/bug protection; 1 base layer-Smart Wool, etc.)

 3 non-cotton T-shirts or tank-tops  (1 will be for bear clothes)

 Rain Jacket and High Quality Poncho

 Rain Pants

 6 Pairs Socks (crew cut or mid-calf ; non-cotton)

 3-6 Pairs Underwear/Boxers (optional; recommended: quick-dry underwear: example)

 Swimming suit/trunks (can count as one pair shorts)

 Belt (if needed)

 Hiking Boots (or running shoes with good tread) 

 Slippers for Around Camp

 Winter Beanie

 Gloves (small fleece gloves, not large ski gloves)

 Neck Buff

 Baseball Cap (or other sun cap)

 Camp Towel (small quick dry towel, click here for example)



☐ Backpack (must have waist belt, 60-80 Liters; 55 liters for those under 115 lbs)

☐ Sleeping Bag (20 degree or below; 3 pounds or less) 

☐ Waterproof Compression Sack

☐ Sleeping Pad (Thermarest or similar, click here for example) 

☐ Camp Pillow (click here for example)

☐ Headlamp with extra batteries

☐ Sunglasses

☐ Mess Kit & Camp Mug (Chopsticks are great! Small, light collapsible bowl: example.)

☐ Whistle (many packs have a built-in whistle)

☐ 3 Bandanas

☐ 2 Water Bottles (48 oz; Camel Backs can replace 1 bottle.)

☐ Multi-tool/Pocket Knife

☐ 3 Carabiners (examples)

Wrist Watch and Compass

50ft paracord


☐ Sunscreen (small travel size) & Bug/Tick Repellant (we have a mandatory brand)

☐ Chapstick (very important due to dry climate, pocket size)

☐ Comb (Unless the brush is very small, don't bring one. Packing light is the key on a backpacking trip.)

☐ Toothbrush and Toothpaste (travel size)

☐ Deodorant(natural, preferably unscented)

☐ Feminine Hygiene Products



☐ Camera  (light weight)

☐ Binoculars  (light weight)

☐ Magnifying glass  

☐ Field guides

☐ Down Jacket/Vest

☐ Camp chair (highly recommended; example)

☐ Additional Toiletries, Vitamins, Medications

☐ Personal Snacks per Dietary Needs



These items will be provided by Wild Kids:

☐ Soap, Shampoo/Conditioner   

☐ Matches

☐ Tents

☐ Tarps

☐ Backpacking Stoves and Cooking Equipment

☐ First Aid & Safety Kit (one for each camper)

Important Note: Personal electronics are not allowed once you arrive to Montana. You are welcome to bring them for the plane ride. We will collect them upon arrival and return them on departure. Cell phones will be kept in a group bag and used only for set parent communication days.