Planning for a short day hike or an overnight backpacking trip can be daunting and even seasoned packers can make mistakes. That’s why most have developed a checklist to make sure they do it right. Gear apps like Lighterpack and GearGrams have checklists for this very reason.
Hhere’s my checklist to help get you started (it’s kept up to date in real time). I’ve tried to make it fairly comprehensive for “3.5 season” use (i.e., not extreme cold weather), so you’d likely never bring everything on the list on the same trip! If you find my checklist helpful, feel free to download and modify it to your taste.