What Should I Pack for a 5 Day Backpacking Trip?

By Robert Palmer

When it comes to planning a 5-day backpacking trip, it’s important to remember that the lighter your load, the better! You want to make sure you have all of the essentials for your journey, but without carrying unnecessary items.

Here is a helpful guide on what to pack when you’re backpacking for five days.

Clothing: The first item on your list should be clothing. Be sure to include items that are lightweight and comfortable.

Pack at least two pairs of shorts, two shirts and one pair of pants. Also, include a lightweight rain jacket and a hat for sun protection. Don’t forget to bring a pair of comfortable shoes and some warm layers if it gets cold in the evenings.

Toiletries: This includes items like toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, soap and toilet paper. If you are planning on swimming or going into bodies of water, you will also want to bring some biodegradable soap so that you don’t pollute the environment.

Sleeping Gear: Sleeping gear is an essential item for any backpacking trip. Make sure to bring along a sleeping bag rated for the temperature at night in the area you are visiting as well as a camping mat or air mattress for extra comfort.

Food & Water: For food and water, think lightweight and non-perishable items such as trail mix, dried fruit, energy bars and jerky. You will also need to bring along water bottles or hydration packs so that you can stay hydrated throughout your journey.

First Aid Kit: A first aid kit is an absolute must-have when backpacking; be sure to include basic items such as bandages, antiseptic wipes/spray/creams and pain relievers.

Other Essentials: Other items you might want to consider bringing along include sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray, flashlight/headlamp with extra batteries and a compass (or GPS device). It is also helpful to carry some extra cash in case of emergency.

As with all trips into the great outdoors – safety should be your top priority! When packing for your 5-day backpacking trip make sure that you have all of the necessary items like clothing & footwear; toiletries; sleeping gear; food & water; first aid kit; other essentials like sunscreen & bug spray; plus any other personal items that are important for your journey.

Following this guide will ensure that you have everything needed for an enjoyable 5-day backpacking adventure!

Happy Trails!