Comprehensive Yosemite Backpacking Packing List | list by JustStart

Comprehensive Yosemite Backpacking Packing List

The following list is a great starting place for a non-guided backpacking trip in Yosemite. Copy and modify to suit your specific needs.




Personal Items and Toiletries

Water bottles or hydration system

Toothbrush

Biodegradable soap

Toilet paper

Hand Sanitizer

Women's hygiene

Wipes

Plastic zip bags

Insect repellent

Quick drying towel

Glasses or contacts

Medications

Camera

Binoculars (optional)

Cell phone and charger

Service can be spotty

Personal location beacon (optional)

Pen & paper

Fishing gear (optional)

Credit card & cash

National Park pass

Leave a trip itinerary with a friend and put on under your car seat

Let's other know where you are expected to be in case of an emergency

Clothing and Footwear

Adjust these item based on the season and be prepared for up to 30 degree temperature differences between the day and night.

Wicking underwear

Wicking sports bra

Wicking T-shirt and long-sleeve shirt

Quick drying pants

Quick drying shorts (seasonally dependent)

Insulated jacket or vest

Rain jacket

Sun shielding hat or baseball cap

Hiking boots or shoes suitable for the expected terrain

Synthetic or wool socks and spares

Gaiters (optional)

Sandals or water shoes

Swimwear (optional)

Gear

Backpack

Needs to be properly fitted and large enough to hold a bear canister https://www.rei.com/c/backpacking-packs

Small lightweight daypack (optional)

Tent with guylines and repair items

Sleeping bag

Whistle

Watch (with altimeter if possible)

Knife or multi-tool

Guidebook or maps

LED headlamp and extra batteries

Highly recommended is the Black Diamond Spot 325 Headlamp: https://amzn.to/2OiAbuG

Water filter and backup treatments

Stove, fuel and repair kit

Matches or lighter

Fire starter

Duct tape strips

Food

The length of your trip will determine quantities, but strive for lightweight options that are nutritiously dense.

Breakfast

Suggestions: granola, freeze-dried breakfasts, oatmeal

Lunch

Suggestions: smoked salmon, bagels, cheese

Dinner

Suggestions: pasta, rice, dried fruit

Snacks

Suggestions: candy bars, dried fruit, nuts, cookies, GORP

Electrolyte drink mix

Extra day's supply of food