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Scout outdoor essentials checklist




camp-200x148They’re called “essentials” for a reason. Every packing list starts with these 10 items.

  • A pocketknife or multitool can be handy in a wide variety of situations. It’s useful for tasks as large as building an emergency shelter or lighting a campfire with poor fuel, or as small as repairing a damaged backpack. Don’t forget to first earn your Whittling Chip (for older Cub Scouts) or Totin’ Chip (for Boy Scouts).
  • A first-aid kit can be a lifesaver. Literally.
  • Bring extra clothing to match the weather. Multiple layers are better than a single massive jacket, because layered clothing is adaptable to a wide range of temperatures.
  • Rain gear is very important. Being wet from rain may result in hypothermia, a potentially fatal condition.
  • A flashlight is important for finding your way in the dark.
  • Trail food is good for maintaining your energy.
  • Water can prevent dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
  • Matches and/or a fire starter may be used to light fires for heat, or for signaling for help.
  • Sun protection might include sunblock, sunglasses, lip balm and a wide-brimmed hat.
  • A map and compass are probably the most important tools you can carry in case you get lost.

Here are some additional items you may want to pack, depending on the outing:

Keeping Clean

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Soap
  • Comb
  • Waterless hand cleaner
  • Small towel
  • Washcloth
  • Toilet paper
  • Trowel for digging cathole latrines

Cooking and eating

  • Large plastic cereal bowl or kitchen storage bowl
  • Spoon
  • Cup or insulated mug
  • Water treatment system
  • Backpacking stove with fuel
  • Large pot and lid (2.5- or 3-quart size)
  • Small pot and lid (1.5- or 2-quart size)
  • Lightweight frying pan (10 to 12 inches in diameter)
  • For melting snow, add 1 large pot and lid (6 to 10 quarts)
  • Hot-pot tongs

Extras

  • Watch
  • Camera
  • Notebook
  • Pen or pencil
  • Sunglasses
  • Small musical instrument
  • Swimsuit
  • Gloves
  • Whistle
  • Nylon cord
  • Insect repellent
  • Repair kit
  • Hiking stick or trekking poles
  • Binoculars
  • Fishing gear
  • Animal identification books, plant keys, geological studies, star charts or other guides

Comments about “Scout outdoor essentials checklist”

  1. lifescout says:

    Also remember the three layers for cold weather wicking, warmth, and weather layers. Wicking is the t shirt and undies the warmth is like long johns and a fleece, and the weather layer is like a poncho or wind breaker or both. don’t wear cotton. cotton kills

  2. lifescout says:

    Duct tape is a great thing to have

  3. fox says:

    this is helpfull sence im so forgetfull

    thanks for posting it

  4. A Scout @ Troop 853 says:

    Real handy list! It’ll help me prepare for next camporee.

  5. gorrilla guy says:

    this list definitly needs a rope on it
    I also noticed that tent wasn’t on it, but I suppose that It would be hard to forget it
    Also maybe sleeping bag.

    Other that that I thought it was great

  6. 33'er says:

    To those that mentioned rope, I think the aforementioned “nylon cord” refers to 550 Paracord which is excellent as a “rope.” It has a high tensile strength and a multitude of uses.

  7. beachball says:

    needs rope and back up knife

  8. Awesome dude385 says:

    I agree, but rope should be one of the basic essentials also.

  9. YA BOY BILL NYE says:

    SCIENCE!!!

  10. campchamp37 says:

    I usally pack that stuff

  11. 3DS User says:

    L U V I T ! ;) :) :P

    • Also a 3DS User! says:

      This is great! THANK U BOYS LIFE THIS HELPS ME AND THANKS 4 HAVING A COMMENTS BAR BECAUSE THE COMMENTS HELP ME 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Patrol leader of the Monkey Patroll, troop 413 says:

    Our patrol plans every camp out months ahead, and we always include every item from this very list. Thanks Boys Life!

  13. Camp Time 621 says:

    Don’t pack it all. When you use this, think about the campout. If your going to a state park, you won’t need a latterine. Also, check the weather, you may not need a sweater or rain gear.

    • campcommonsense says:

      @camptime But also remember that the weather in the mountians or a the beach, or pretty much anywhere can change in an instant. Scouting is about being prepared, so never leave your rain gear at home!:)

    • Tr00p 363 Member says:

      you should always pack your rain gear because you never know for sure.

      • Flash_EXE says:

        Look, if your going somewhere like: Bass Lake, and the forecast says: Clear sky today! the day your going, then I don’t really think that you have to bring Rain Gear. You could, but if your backpacking, then thats just more weight.

  14. dexter k9 says:

    to much stuff but thanks anyway

  15. RobotMate says:

    A-W-E-S-O-M-E!! Thanks a TON BL

  16. kick ninja says:

    best check list :D

  17. indy says:

    i normaly carry all this stuff and makes pack weigh a ton :(

    • D Dog says:

      Yes it does, but if you make it small and you exercise often, it will make it a lot easier. Plus, I have found it easier that if you camp and hike with others you must split the gear out between all of you.

    • rmcamper says:

      when you exercise try it with your pack on too, that may help.

  18. kevdog says:

    thats rely good

  19. Bama says:

    Yeah i always will use this thanks bl

  20. wivd says:

    awesome checklist! i forget half this stuff on most campouts, so it’s helpful

  21. Camaro Boy says:

    Life saving checklist. me would have defintly forgot half stuff on there : )~

  22. Troop 31 says:

    Many of the things on the check list aren’t as essential as lets say a tent or sleeping bag

    • JUSTIN says:

      I think I know what to bring now
      THANK YOU BOYS LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • underthestarscamper says:

      tent is not essential, man! what kind of trip is a tent a nessecity? I have never used a tent on my camping trips and will use one for the first time this summer, but it is not neccesary. sleeping bag? neccesity as much as the rest of your gear. tent? usefull, not essential

  23. burntboy#1 says:

    This is awesome!! Thanks Boyslife!

  24. pack77rocks says:

    this checklist rocks!!!!!!!!!:)

  25. troop405 says:

    Why would you take a musical instrument but yeah i would never remember to take a towel im always fogetting something!

    • buby22 says:

      does tuba count as small instrument

      • Flash_EXE says:

        When it say’s “Small” it doesn’t mean you HAVE to take a small instrument, its just saying that you could bring one, in reality you can bring whatever sized you want!

      • Anonymous says:

        @buby22
        No, not really.
        Is it full size or 3/4 size?

      • bandatthecampfire says:

        harmonica for around the bonfire. if you play tuba around the bonfire then I’d love to camping with you and bring my drums. maybe bring a grand pianist along too…

  26. Best Scout in America says:

    BEST CHECKLIST EVER!!!!!!!! :-)

  27. The Big "G" says:

    I think I just might have to refeer back to that checklist in a couple of months when I go to BSA Camp.

  28. The Big "A" says:

    That is a great checklist!!!

  29. woohoo says:

    What are those iodine tablets used to purify questionable water? What ever they are could you please add them to the list? Other than that it was really helpful.

  30. I'm alive says:

    The checklist is extremely helpful- I would never remember things like sun protection or the trowel.

  31. lizz says:

    Ithink that was a good idea about the trail food.

  32. Master Monkuku says:

    I think all this gear is good ,but you should add a portiable water purifire.

  33. RBryanP says:

    This is all great stuff!

    Each of the other four lists has a link to a PDF that can be downloaded and printed. It would be nice to have a PDF for this list as well.

    Thanks for the outing-specific lists.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Is there a button to print just the checklist?

  35. SS says:

    While I agree with your “Essentials Checklist” I was surprised to see the whistle listed on the “Extras” list and not on the Essentials.

    It’s smaller than everything else on the Essentials list and is probably one of the best/easiest signaling devices a scout (or anyone else for that matter) can carry on a hike should they become lost.

    Sincerely,
    Steve

  36. Upton says:

    Usually I forget my toothbrush and all these things. Ewwww! I never realized that these things were “essentials.” I appreciate Boyslife for making these handy-dandy little checklist that tells scouts “essentials” for outings.

  37. T@troop 127 says:

    I liked the fact that you mentioned trail food I go out with my troop sometimes and theres allways that one guy who didn’t bring along anything to keep him going on a long hike.

    Thanks,
    T

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