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Backpack Canada List

The ultimate list for backpacking across Canada. Created by the good folks at http://www.ibackpackcanada.com

Toiletries and personal care

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Soap or shower gel
  • Shampoo
  • Biodegradable soap or shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Nail clipper
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Hair styling products
  • Hair styling tools
  • Cotton swabs
  • Tissues
  • Shaving kit (products and gear)
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes
  • Toilet paper
  • Bath towel
  • Perfume
  • Tampons
  • Pantyliners
  • Makeup
  • Makeup bag
  • Makeup remover towelettes
  • Makeup tools (tweezer, eyelash curler)

Personal items

  • Glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Contact lenses (case, solution)
  • Watch
  • Keys
  • Wallet

Documents and money

  • Photo ID (driver's license)
  • Cash or travelers cheques
  • Credit cards
  • Medical insurance card
  • Maps and guides
  • Copies of itinerary and reservations
  • Tickets
  • Membership cards (auto club, frequent flyer)
  • Business cards
  • Emergency phone numbers

Luggage and security

  • Luggage
  • Luggage name tags
  • Luggage locks
  • Neck wallet or money belt or waist bag
  • Backpack
  • Pack rain cover
  • Daypack for excursions away from the camp

Camp

  • Sleeping pad
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tent

Gadgets

  • Cell phone
  • Headlamp and/or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Laptop
  • Photo camera
  • Video camera
  • MP3 player
  • Headphones
  • Extra batteries
  • Travel alarm clock

Clothing

  • Briefs or boxer shorts
  • Undershirts
  • Panties
  • Bras
  • Thermal underwear
  • Socks
  • Loungewear
  • Activewear
  • Headwear (hat, baseball cap, bandana)
  • Formalwear
  • Shoes
  • Outerwear
  • Coldwear (hat, gloves, scarf)
  • Swim trunks
  • Swimsuit
  • Flip-flops
  • Hat

Food and drink

  • Water bottle
  • Snack
  • Cook set
  • Camp stove
  • Fuel for camp stove
  • Cleaning supplies
    - baby wipes work great.
  • Ziploc bags

Medicine

  • Small first aid kit (band-aid, antibacterial cream, pain reliever, antacid)
  • Prescription medications
  • Birth control
  • Insect repellent
  • Vitamins or supplements
  • Motion sickness pills
  • Allergy medicine

Extras

  • Garbage bags for dirty clothes
  • Lint roller
  • Pre-paid phone card
  • Binoculars
  • Sewing kit
  • Sturdy notebook and pen
  • Book or magazine
  • Earplugs
  • Travel pillow
  • Sink stopper
    +clothesline

Beach

  • Goggles
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Playing cards
  • Waterproof disposable camera

Miscellaneous

  • Knife or multi-tool
  • Map of the region, compass and GPS (optional)
  • Car emergency kit
    Jumper cables, tow cable, roadside flares, reflective triangle, tire inflator, air compressor, first aid kit, flashlight and extra batteries, roll of duct tape, multitool, work gloves, etc.

To do

  • Notify someone of your plans
    Tell them your destination, how long you'll be there and when to expect you back.
  • Charge all batteries
  • Put mail on hold or arrange for mail pick-up
  • Service car and fill up tank
  • Make arrangements for drop-off and pick-up
  • Make photocopies of travel docs and itineraries
  • Print out maps, guides, etc.
  • Get cash from ATM
  • Check weather at destination
    http://www.weather.com/
  • Download maps to GPS
  • Upload music to MP3 player
  • Check all carry-on luggage for sharp objects, place liquids in ziplocks
  • Pay bills
  • Clear answering machine
  • Set up auto email response
  • Clean out perishables from fridge
  • Water plants or arrange for plants to be watered while you are away
  • Make arrangements for pets to be fed
  • Take out garbage