Clothing Checklist, Toiletry Checklist,
and On Person Checklist
(or Personal Items Checklists), v20
For the Great Outdoors

OBJECTIVE: Take the LEAST NEEDED Amount/Quantity/Volume that meets the Situational Requirements.
         - Every trip has different needs and every thing listed isn't needed for every trip.
         - Keep in mind that kids under 13 year seem to run into more "situations" than adults.

Clothing Checklist

Clothing Checklist

[ ] Underwear (a.k.a. Inner Layer):                                       
[ ]   Socks, As Appropriate - Synthetic Best / Cotton Worst           
[ ]   T-Shirts, Knit Shirts, Under Shirts                              
[ ]   Underpants                                                       
[ ]   Thermal Underwear (The really good stuff is called              
      "Expedition Wear" and is 100% synthetic - usually a  
      derivative of polyester, known as Polar something    
      (fleece, wear, guard, ...), found only in specialty 
      outdoor stores / online catalogs.  Expedition Wear 
      is about 1 cm or .3 inch thick.                                   
[ ] Clothing (a.k.a. Middle Layer):                        
[ ]   Boots (waterproof), In Camp: Tennis Shoes, 
      Flip Flops, Sandals    
[ ]   Stream Crossing or Boating Footwear (sandals / booties,
[ ]   Hat(s): Broad Rim, Baseball, Bush, Rain, Mosquito, ...         
[ ]   Shirts (Long and / or Short Sleeved, with Pockets)            
[ ]   Pants (Long and / or Short)                                    
[ ]   Socks (2nd Layer), Thick Sock over Thin Sock; Gortex             
      Cover Sock; Electric Sock, Battery Holder, Batteries             
[ ] Outer Ware (a.k.a. Outer Layer): (2)  
[ ]   Sweater, Flannel Shirt, Vest, Fleece                             
[ ]   Parka, Coat, Jacket                                             
[ ]   Gloves (Neoprene, Gortex, ...), Liners; Electric Gloves,        
      Battery Holder, Batteries                           
[ ]   Pocket Warmer (Chemical, Fluid - Fluid Types NOT Allowed for Scouts)
[ ]   Mosquito Net, Hat with Net                                       
[ ] Extreme Weather Gear (a.k.a. Outermost Layer): (2)   
[ ]   Waterproof Pants / Over Pants                                  
[ ]   Waterproof Coat / Jacket with Hood or                           
[ ]   Waterproof Hat                                                  
[ ]   Waterproof Neoprene/Gortex Gloves/Mittens   
[ ]   Waterproof Boots, Rubbers, Galoshes, Mucklucs, Moon Boots
[ ] Dirty Clothes Bag, Laundry Bag/Net, some have shoulder straps
[ ] Waterproof Clothing Carry/Storage Bag (Clear Heavy Duty Plastic Best)
[ ] Pajamas / Sleep Wear              
[ ] Swim Ware:           
[ ]   Suit, Optional: Goggles, Mask, Nose Clip                        
[ ]   UV Lotion                                                        
[ ]   Towel                                                          
[ ] Sun Glasses, Rx Glasses, Cases                                        
[ ] Umbrella (very useful in non hiking rainy situations) 
[ ] Mark Your Stuff, Permanent Black Marker or on 
    dark colors use Silver or White Markers.
    Note: We're have good results with the newer silver markers
    on black backgrounds.
[ ]                        
Toiletry Checklist

Toiletry Checklist

Warnings: Scents & Animals (3), Tents & Animals (4)
[ ] Toilet Bag (Soft Sided Cloth / Canvas / Plastic Bag):
[ ]   Tooth Brush
[ ]   Tooth Paste  
[ ]   Floss / Sticks
[ ]   Deodorant, Unscented (a.k.a. BOderant)
[ ]   Mouth Wash  
[ ]   Soap & Container
[ ]   Comb
[ ]   Brush
[ ]   Shaver / Razor
[ ]   Nail Clippers / Knife Scissors Work Well
[ ] Medicine / Hygiene:  
[ ]   Toilet Paper, Baby Wipes
        Hint: Take partial used role(s) from home
        Hint: Keep in gallon size zip lock bag(s)
        Hint: Outside of the US
              Most places away from big cities
              may not have toilet paper and/or
              you may have to pay to use a Toilet/WC
[ ]   Bandages (Big, Medium, Little)
[ ]   Prescription (Rx) Meds, Actual Prescription
      (Sometimes), Schedule
[ ]   Allergy Meds
[ ]   Aspirin, Other 
[ ]   Sun Block, Sun Burn Medicine, Chap Stick (Lip Balm)
      In a pinch, the waxy powder of an Aspen tree may be
      used as a Sun Block (~SPF8) - It Works!
[ ]   General Anti-Biotic Salve
[ ]   Lotion 
[ ]   Feminine Hygiene Products 
[ ] Bath Gear:
[ ]   Soap, Shampoo, Conditioner, Containers
[ ]   Coins
[ ]   Mirror
[ ]   Shower Shoes / Sandals
[ ]   Wash Cloth
[ ]   Towel(s)
[ ]   Optional: Hair Dryer
[ ] Glasses (Sun, Rx, cases, spares)
[ ] Laundry Mat, Self Serve:
[ ]   Coins
[ ]   Soap 
[ ]   Book
[ ] Extra Towels (Adults, Swimming, Boating, ...)
[ ] Alarm Clock / Watch (NO Hour Bleeping Watches)  
[ ] Mark Your Stuff, Permanent Black Marker or on 
    dark colors use Silver or White Markers.
    Note: We're have good results with the newer silver markers
    on black backgrounds.
[ ] 
[ ] 
Personal & On Person Checklist

Personal Items Checklist or On Person Checklist

We use this checklist for camping, touring, and international travel, pick what is applicable. Safe Travels!
[ ] Finance:
[ ]   Wallet / Purse, Satchel / Brief Case
        Hint: Use Separate Travel Wallet/Purse
              Only Neccessary Cards & IDs
        Hint: Have learned that AAA card is useful in
              countrtries that AAA doesn't supply maps
[ ]   Document / Money Holder:
        Neck, Waist, Leg
        Hidden / Open Display
        Hint: Have seen open air thefts and picpockets,
              So far, nothing stolen from on body.
[ ]   Money, Country Denominations
        Hint: Always arrive with small bills
        Hint: Toilets often require small change
[ ]   Drivers License
[ ]   Registration (Car, Trailer, Boat)
[ ]   Insurance
[ ]   Credit Cards
[ ]   Checkbook (with lots of checks)
[ ]   Travelers Cheques
[ ] Travel:
[ ] Passport, Visas, Property Visitation Statements,
    Permission Slip(s), Reservations
      Hint: Some countries require the hotel or inn keeper
            to physically keep and store your passport overnight.
            DON"T FORGET YOUR PASSPORT the next day!
[ ]   Maps, Directions 
[ ]   Compass, Altimeter, GPS (working, batteries)
[ ]   Itinerary
[ ]   Passes, Licenses, Paid Receipts, Keys, Codes
[ ]   Language Translation Books / Dictionary / Device
[ ]   Electricity Converters
[ ] Safety:
[ ]   Pocket Knife
[ ]   Glasses  (Sun, Rx, Cases)
[ ]   Canteen, Water Bottle(s) (1)
[ ]   Electrolyte Replacement
[ ]   Rope, Cord, Twine
[ ]   Batteries
[ ]   Kleenex Packet 
[ ] Anti Bug Gear:
[ ]   Mosquito Hat, Sleeping Net
[ ]   Insecticide 
[ ]   Bug Repellent (100% DEET works best, but DEET
        may pose a health hazard.  In over 2,000,000,000
        applications of DEET, there have been just over 30
        reported skin irritant reactions (rash like).  DEET can
        and will destroy Gortex and Plastic, melts it.  In Alaska,
        the leading killer of Grizzlies are Mosquitoes, literally
        sucking the life out!  In the mainland US, the West Nile
        Disease is spreading by Mosquito. Malaria and other known
        diseases (like sleeping sickness) can be spread by Mosquitoes.
        There is a likelihood that the mosquito can carry the
        bird-flue virus as well as other pathogens.
        One can purchase other types of bug repellent but none
        are scientifically proven to be better than 100% DEET.  
        Choose. Spray cans with DEET easily ruins synthetic 
        material.  BEST APPLICATION: Hand apply liquid 
        from bottle to skin or cotton clothing. Don't apply to 
        eyes or other body orifices, don't apply to synthetic
        clothing, rubber (synthetic or real), don't apply with 
        glove. Big DEET Pack and Carry Warning, See (5)
[ ]   Permethrin (Requires prior set up):
        - Kills ticks on contact, kills lice and some mites associated with 
          mice carriers, prevents mosquito-borne diseases such as 
          dengue fever and malaria and probably West Nile disease
        - Travelers keep reporting that they are not bothered by insects while 
          on tropical outings (when other people were bothered mercilessly)
        - Is meant for clothing only
        - Is used by spraying clothing or dip washing clothing
        - Seems to be effective up to six clothing washes
        - Complements DEET which usually cannot be placed on clothing, 
          especially anything synthetic
        - Has seen prior Military and European exposure
        - Is a relatively new insect repellent to the USA Public
        - Is NOT for direct skin contact
        - READ the instructions!
        - Is TOXIC to Cats
        - Do NOT leave treated clothing laying around where pets are a concern
        - Cats DIE every year from flea and tick baths 
          (containing Permethrin) meant only for dogs
        - Has Low human absorption but has traced its way into breast milk      
[ ] Personal:
[ ]   Watch / Timepiece / Alarm
[ ]   Glases (Rx, Sun, extra)
[ ]   Book(s)
[ ]   Camera, Film / Memory Cartridges, Flash, Batteries,
        Up &/or Down Load Device(s) and Cable, H/W, S/W
[ ]   Letter Writing Equip, Stamps, Addresses
[ ]   Musical Instrument, Sheet Music / Book
[ ] Not for Camp:
[ ]   iPod, MP3, EGame (Batteries and Accessories)
[ ]   Notebook Computer (Batteries and Accessories)
[ ]
[ ]
(1) CAUTION: When about to bike, hike, or camp in Freezing environments, when you can, fill water containers with Hot Water. Sometimes the container needs to be warmed up before filling with Hot Water.
WARNING: When overnighting in freezing temperatures, pay careful attention to NOT let water freeze. It takes too much time and energy to thaw frozen water and it takes too many human calories to warm water in the body.
CAUTION: Water Always Freezes 32° F / 0° C, but at higher altitudes with dry humidity, it feels warmer!
WARNING: Water Boils at lower temperatures at higher altitudes, which is potentially both a sanitation and cooking issue (air pressure). At sea level water boils at 212° F or 100° C - As a rule of thumb, for every 500 Feet elevation (or 150 Meters), water boiling temperature drops 1° F (or .5° C).

(2) WARNING: Outer and Outermost Layer Ware are usually NOT fire / campfire friendly when Synthetic based. Flash heat or Sparks can damage the material while the wearer is insulated from or unaware of the heat intensity or sparks. Typically, damage may occur while standing around a campfire. Solution, Don't or open up to the Middle Layer & Be Aware.

(3) WARNING: "Smellables" are NOT encouraged in tents in bear / lion country, and it is not wise to retire in the evening with these fresh scent attractants in your tent, on your body, or on your breath. Learn to bathe and conduct personal hygiene in the morning or NLT noon. Smellables include medicine, lotion, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, salve, food, candy, emergency hidden food, ... Learn to buy unscented products.

(4) WARNING: "Saber Tooth Chip Monks" and other ground animals will bite or tear through tent walls & insect screens to rummage through anything that is producing a (3) food smell. More tent, bag, and pack damage is caused by chewing rodents than by large predators (especially ground squirrels and chipmunks that aren't afraid of humans due to cute critter food handouts). However, the next Warning is about the most common destroyer of synthetic materials.

(5) WARNING: More plastic coated equipment (knife and tool handles), synthetics (Gore-tex, polar fleece, nylon with waterproof coating), painted/laquereed finishes (bikes, lighters), leather (driving/shooting gloves, handlebar wraps), rubber (gloves, grips, wraps) and plastic ware (like compasses, GPS cases, iPod/music devices, and eating ware) has been ruined by DEET than by animals or rough handling. The contents of DEET or its dispensing agent dissolves synthetic materials. Even when the DEET container is double bagged in plastic zipper locked bags, after traveling for a while, the DEET container/bottle seems to leak and the storage bags seem to acquire at least one tiny hole which allows the liquid to get out. It is wise to try to carry DEET at the lowest point in a bag / pannier / box / container. This is particularly more of a problem on Bicycles and ATVs as they tend to have many more bounces per minute than other forms of transportation (thus a higher risk factor for causing both a DEET container leak and a puncture in the outer container/bag).