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What to pack in a daypack?

daypack-200x148Q. What should you pack in a daypack at Scout camp?
– What-to-Pack Zach, Bay City, Tex.

A. Hey Zach, Thanks for the question. Well, what to pack really depends on what you’ll be doing at Scout camp (hiking? kayaking? rock climbing?), what time of year it is, what the weather is like, etc.

Luckily, we covered all that in our gear checklists article in the March 2009 issue of Boys’ Life. You can also check it out online here:

And don’t forget that The Boy Scout Handbook is a great resource and has lots of handy checklists.


Comments about “What to pack in a daypack?”

  1. What am I doing on this site? says:

    For camp hikes, you need a water bottle, a small bag of chips or snack, a rope, knife, and some sort of loud noise maker

  2. Boy Scout 41 says:

    Just the essentials. Keep it light yet with all the necessary gear for an emergency.

  3. eagle7-25-10 says:

    for summer camp i use a backpack with a built in camalbak type water bottle, any merit badge books or papers i need, sunscreen, bug spray, a bandana for sweat and or shade, my pocket knife and a few band aids

  4. GEAR MAN says:

    Hey Zach, at summer camp I usually take my army canteen, a sweatshirt, my knife, a bandana, and big Ziploc bag with my scout book, my merit badge books, a notepad & pencil for my badge classes, and a camp map. I keep it all in my Camelback.

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