Packing List:
Leave No Trace Trainer

Bags & Packing

  • “Backpacking” Backpack

    A pack with 60 to 80-liters of volume works well for this course. If you pack ultralight personal camping gear, you may be able to use a slightly smaller pack. Please be prepared to carry group gear, as large as an 8.5-inch circumference by 13-inch tall bear canister (provided by Bad Adventures), in addition to your personal gear.

  • Small Stuff Sacks or Packing Cubes

    It’s nice to be able to keep your clothing and gear organized!


  • Synthetic T-Shirt, Tank, or Athletic Top

    A t-shirt or top made for running or working out is a good choice. Stick to moisture-wicking fabrics. No cotton.

  • Pair of Shorts or Hiking Pants

    Bring shorts or hiking pants designed for running, working out, or hiking. Look for moisture-wicking nylon, polyester, nylon/spandex, or polyester/spandex fabrics. No cotton.

  • Long Sleeve Baselayer Top

    Look for wool, Capilene, or polyester fabrics. No cotton.

  • Pair of Baselayer Bottoms

    Moisture-wicking long underwear bottoms or ankle-length tights made for training or running. Look for wool, Capilene, nylon/spandex, or polyester/spandex. No cotton.

  • (1-2) Pair Athletic Underwear

    Stick to moisture-wicking fabrics. No cotton.

  • (1-2) Sports Bras

    (If applicable.) Stick to synthetic or wool fabrics. No cotton.

  • Upper Body Insulation Layer

    Bring a thick polyester fleece jacket or a synthetic “puffy” jacket. This should be able to fit under your rain jacket.

  • optional Additional Upper Body Light Insulation Layer

    A lightweight polyester fleece top or other layer to add extra warmth. This should also be able to be worn with all your other upper body layers. No cotton.

  • Waterproof/Breathable Rain Jacket

    A lightweight hard shell you can wear over your other upper body layers.

  • optional Waterproof/Breathable Rain Pants

Hand, Neck, & Headwear

  • Hat with a Brim

    A baseball hat, visor, or sun hat.

  • Knit Hat

    Nights in the mountains get cool. Bring a wool, synthetic knit, or fleece hat.

  • Lightweight Gloves

    Pack fleece, Power Stretch, or other gloves made for running or for use as a medium-weight liner.

  • optional Buff

    A multi-purpose piece of neck and headwear that your instructors recommend.


  • Pair of Backpacking Boots

    Choose waterproof/breathable boots with ankle support made for carrying a backpacking load. Make sure these fit well with the socks you plan to use on the trail. Also, be aware that feet tend to swell over the course of an adventure. It’s best if your boots are already broken-in when you arrive for the course.

  • Pair of Sneakers, Running Shoes, Trail Runners, Light Hiking Shoes, or Other Camp Shoes

    A lighter weight and more packable shoe is advantageous. If you have a lot of backpacking experience and prefer to omit bringing a camp shoe, that’s OK by us!

  • (2x) Pair of Wool Backpacking Socks

    Stick to purpose-made, medium-weight backpacking socks from companies like Darn Tough and Smart Wool.

  • Pair of Athletic Socks

    For use with your camp shoes.

Personal Care

  • Sunglasses

  • Sunscreen

    Your instructors recommend SPF 30. Smaller containers work better than larger ones. No aerosol spray cans.

  • Lip Balm with SPF

  • 1-2oz Bottle of Hand Sanitizer

  • Toiletries

    Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, face wash, lotion, moisturizer with SPF, brush/comb, etc.

  • Any Medications You Take

  • Toilet Paper

  • Menstrual Hygiene Supplies

    (If applicable.) Tampons, Diva Cup, or pads. Pack 50% more supplies than you expect to need.

  • Spare Glasses or Contact Lenses

    (If applicable.)

  • optional Insect Repellent

    Ben’s brand is packaged well for backcountry travel. No aerosol sprays.

  • optional (1-2) Bandanas

  • optional Small Microfiber Camp Towel


  • Sleeping Bag

    Bring a mummy-cut backpacking-style sleeping bag rated for 20-degrees Fahrenheit or colder.

  • optional Sleeping Bag Liner

    If you tend to get cold easily - or if your sleeping bag might not be warm enough on its own - consider packing a sleeping bag liner.

  • Camping Mattress

    Foam pads are OK, but not as warm as an inflatable camping mattress. We recommend packing an inflatable camping mattress designed for backpacking.

  • Tent & Tent Stakes

    Bring your own backpacking tent. At the beginning of the trip, you may choose to pair-up to save weight, but be ready to carry a private tent just for yourself.

  • LED Headlamp and Spare Set of Batteries

  • (1-2x) Water Bottles

    If you pack a hydration bladder, you only need to pack one water bottle. Otherwise, pack two.

  • optional Hydration Reservoir / Bladder System

    If you bring a hydration reservoir system, you only need to pack one water bottle.

  • optional Trekking Poles

    You may find poles to be helpful.

  • Bowl, Spork & Mug

  • optional Camp Chair

    If you have space and weight capacity, our itinerary is well-suited to bringing a Helinox-style or Crazy Creek-style camp chair to our campsite.

  • optional Small, Folding Pocket Knife

Other Items

  • Materials for Delivering your Lesson

  • Notebook and Pen

    For taking notes during the course.

Provided by Bad Adventures

  • Bear Canisters

    We've got these!

  • Stoves & Cookware

    We pack all necessary cookware including: stoves, fuel, pots, and pans. No need to bring your own, we have this covered.

  • Water Treatment Supplies

    A group-use water filter pump is provided. Feel free to pack your own water treatment system, too.

  • Delicious Food

    We pack vegetarian provisions for 2 lunches, 1 dinner, and 1 breakfast. Yum!

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