What Should I Pack on a 3 Day Backpacking Trip?

By Michael Ferguson

Backpacking is an amazing and rewarding experience, however, it can also be stressful if you don’t know what to pack. Knowing what to bring on a three-day backpacking trip is essential for having a successful and enjoyable experience in the great outdoors.

Clothing: You’ll want to bring clothes that are lightweight and quick-drying so you’re comfortable on the trail and during your campsite stays. Bring two or three pairs of pants/shorts, two t-shirts, a long-sleeved shirt, and a lightweight hoodie or jacket for colder nights.

Also, don’t forget to include a pair of good hiking boots, socks, underwear, a hat or bandana, and a pair of gloves.

Shelter: A tent is essential for any backpacking trip as it will keep you safe from the elements while you sleep at night. Make sure to bring both the tent itself as well as all necessary stakes, poles, and guy lines. If you’re using a sleeping bag while backpacking, make sure it’s rated for the temperatures you expect at night.

Cooking: One of the most important things for any backpacking trip is food. You’ll need to bring something that can be cooked over an open fire such as camp stoves or grills so that you can prepare meals during your stay in the wild. Don’t forget to pack pots and pans along with utensils if you plan on cooking meals over the fire.

Hydration: It’s important to stay hydrated while out in nature so make sure to bring plenty of water with you on your trip. A hydration bladder is an ideal choice as it allows you to have easy access to water when needed without having to stop and refill bottles every few hours.

Tools & Accessories: Other items that are essential for any backpacking trip include first aid supplies (just in case), maps/GPS units (so that you don’t get lost), headlamps (for those dark nights), fire starters (for cooking), repair kits (for gear maintenance) , bear spray (for protection against dangerous wildlife), insect repellent (to keep away bugs).


Packing correctly for a three day backpacking trip can make all the difference between an enjoyable experience in nature or an uncomfortable one. Make sure to plan ahead by bringing clothing that is lightweight and quick drying along with shelter such as tents and sleeping bags suitable for colder temperatures. Don’t forget food and water supplies along with tools & accessories such as first aid kits, headlamps, insect repellent etc.. With these items packed correctly your three day backpacking trip should go off without a hitch!