Backpacking Checklist

Backpacking is a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors and see rugged or secluded areas that few ever get to. If you are going on a backpacking trip, be sure to pack the right gear so that your adventure can be as enjoyable as possible! This Louisiana backpacking checklist will help make sure that you have all the necessary items before you head out on your next multi-day adventure. This post provides a checklist of items that every backpacker should bring with them when before they head out for the day.


How to Use this Checklist

Don’t forget anything important before you head out to your favorite trails in Louisiana! Some tips to get the most out of this hiking checklist:

  • This list is deliberately comprehensive! Depending on season, weather, trail conditions, and experience, you can tailer this list to your specific needs.
  • Don’t forget to research your trail! Depending on the specific Louisiana backpacking trail you choose, some of these items will be necessary, while others will be optional. Check out our Trail Finder and Trail Map to find more information about your trail ahead of time.
  • Printer-friendly PDF! Courtesy of Recreation Equipment, Inc. Check them out here!


Hiking Gear


Clothing & Footwear

If hiking in cold weather:


 First Aid & Emergency Preparedness

Cooking and Kitchen




Extra Items


Need more helping planning your next hike? Check out our blog for hiking tips, fun facts, and park guides.