Backpacking Adventure Equipment List

Backpacking Adventure Equipment/Packing List for NWE Campers


Every camper MUST bring the items listed below (Items bolded are available to rent from IdRaHaJe for an additional fee):



  • 1 pair of pants (fleece, light-weight wool, or synthetic)
  • Medium weight shirt or sweater (fleece or wool)
  • Medium weight jacket (fleece or wool)
    (Avoid cotton hoodies)
  • Long sleeve polypropylene shirt (Under Armor type material) – Rent one for $7
  • Windbreaker
  • Rain Jacket or Poncho
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear
  • Pair of hiking shorts
  • Two pairs of shoes or boots
    • Pair of light weight tennis shoes
    • Pair of hiking boots (well broken in with good tread for hiking).
  • 4 pairs of wool or synthetic socks (or equivalent – No cotton!)
  • Beanie/warm hat and lightweight gloves
  • Sun hat (ex. baseball cap)
  • Long underwear pants (polypro/Under Armor)
  • Extra pair of clean clothes to wear at IdRaHaJe upon return from backpacking



  • Backpack (65 liters or larger) – Rent one for $20
  • Down or synthetic mummy sleeping bag (rated to +20°F or colder) – Rent one for $15
  • Sleeping pad (borrow one for free)
  • Whistle (borrow one for free)
  • Pillow (for use while backpacking)
  • Pillow (for use at IdRaHaJe while not backpacking)
  • Compass – Rent one for $3
  • Sunglasses
  • Travel Size Sun block lotion labeled with camper’s first and last name
  • Head lamp or small flashlight with extra batteries
  • Bandana
  • Bible
  • Small notebook and pen/pencil
  • Insect repellent
  • Chapstick
  • Water bottle
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Towel
  • Bathroom accessories (toiletries, towel, wash cloth, etc.)


Optional Items

  • Camper Medications in original container and box with our Medication Form (View our Camper Paperwork page for medication guidelines).
  • Camera (don’t bring an expensive one; we do not allow phones to be used as cameras)
  • Frisbee or hacky sack
  • Reading book and/or deck of playing cards
  • Spending money
  • Personal snacks (no gum, sunflower seeds, or nuts of any kind.)


Do NOT Bring

  • Snacks that contain nuts or gum
  • Electronic Devices (Cell Phones, Smart-watches, E-Readers, Ipods, etc.)
  • Knives, firearms, weapons, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, vape devices, etc.


Camp Provides

  • Leaders/Guides
  • Tents
  • Food
  • First aid