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1. Posted by Leadfoot (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y

Hi, I am new to all this hiking and backpacking stuff and only decided to start because my doctor told me to but despite endless internet searches and various trips to camping and hiking shops i still don't know, what sort of stuff do i need to carry in my backpack? so far i've been told to take:

Energy foods (Kendal mint cake etc...)
Tent (obvious)

and clothes... anything else i should stick in?

P.S.I am only thinking of going camping and hiking in the peak district so far, not the middle of the antarctic

2. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

Maybe a compass..

3. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

knife and cork screw
sleeping bag

4. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

tissue paper can be handy sometimes

5. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Zip-lock plastic bags of assorted sizes. Great for keeping your matches, maps, etc. dry. And, you can store the smaller bags in the bigger ones.

6. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

First-aid kit! (I know this from experience :( )

7. Posted by Blitz198 (Full Member 99 posts) 11y

Rope. Its very useful, for anything from trying a backpack strap back together if it breaks to a clothesline.

8. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 11y

towel (small)
portable kitchen
warm hat and gloves
spices (cooking without them is boring, bring at least salt and pepper)
plastic bags


9. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 11y

rain clothes
extra socks
big cup
paper plates (hate doing dishes)
disinfecting baby naps (cleans hands, faces, cuts, dishes, tents, everything...)

10. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Toilet paper
Bug repellant
Really good walking shoes/boots (already well worn in)
Biodegradable soap/shampoo
Firewood (if your campsite requires you to bring your own)
Sleeping Bag

Hmm... I'll let you know if I think of anything else...