*wilderness permits are given at wilderness permit centers. Or you could get an Adventure pass at a local sporting good store (depending on where you're backpacking).
*you actually could eat raw oatmeal! Mix it with trail mix... Tastes great :)
*its not called mole skin, it's mole foam.
Gear That You Absolutely Need:
1. Wilderness Pass
2. Multi-Day Backpack
4. Sleeping Bag (make sure it suits the weather you will be in)
5. Sleeping Mat
6. Water Bladder and a Water Bottle, or 2 Large Water Bottles
7. Water Filter
8. Bear Canister
9. Thermo Pants & Shirt
10. Lightweight Rain Jacket
11. Backpacker Food (Protein Bars, Granola Bars, Oatmeal, Pastas/Ramen, Freeze-dried backpacker meals, Trail
Mix, Beef Jerky, Wheat Thins, Dried Fruit, Dried Vegetables, Daily Multi-Vitamin) ... I usually eat Protein Bars, Granola Bars, and Trail Mix for Breakfast and Lunch, then I’ll have a Freeze-dried Meal or Ramen for Dinner, along with some Beef Jerky.
13. Compass & Map
15. Small Stove, Fuel, Small Pot (if you’re planning on cooking)
16. Pocket knife
What To Pack & How To Pack:
1. You should wear: Hiking zip-off pants, shirt, 2 pairs of socks (preferably a pair of liner dry toe socks under a pair of
wool socks), underwear, hiking boots or running shoes (NEVER VANS!), watch, bandana/hat. In Pocket: camera, chap stick, and map. (None of your clothing should be made of cotton. It is best to wear synthetic or wool fabrics).
2. Other Clothing: The only other clothing you need to pack is a pair of thermo pants & shirt, an extra pair of Liner Dry toe socks (these items should go in a large ziploc). Also, make sure to pack a down jacket or fleece, a beanie, and a lightweight rain jacket/windbreaker. If the weather shows even a slight chance of rain/snow, bring a pair of lightweight rain pants, and gloves.
3. Items that go in an easy-to-reach area of your backpack: Wilderness Pass, An extra bandana (for injuries), pocket knife, whistle (to alert in emergencies and to scare wildlife), phone, GPS device, compass, sunglasses, In small ziploc bag: small flashlight/headlamp, money, ID, car key, extra batteries, pen to mark map.
4. Personal Care Items: These should go in ziploc bags: Bug-repellant, Sun block, Biodegradable Soap or Campers No-Rinse-Soap, Wash Rag, small fast-drying towel, Deodorant, Lotion, Toothbrush, toothpaste, piece of floss, Med- kit (including mole-skin, small scissors, Neosporin, snake-bite kit, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, tweezers, gauze pads, roll of gauze, med tape, Band-Aids, Ace Bandage, Tylenol, anti-diarrhea pills, allergy pills).
5. Bear Canister: Your canister will be full of your food that should be enough for the amount of time that you will be on the trail. Also, At night, all your non-odorless items will need to go in your bear canister (such as tooth paste, deodorant, and all trash),
6. Other Gear: Tent, Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Mat, Water bladder and extra water bottle (or two large water bottles), Water Filter, Plastic mirror (for emergency reflecting), Plastic rain poncho (to cover backpack if it rains), sandals (to give your wet feet a break), mosquito head net, small titanium pot, small stove, fuel for stove, lighter/flint, cleaning rag, spork, large ziploc bag for trash, strong rope with a clip (incase you need to climb down somewhere in an emergency), small amount of duct tape, emergency blanket/bivvy, extra shoe lace, small extra flashlight, Toilet Paper (without center roll), hand sanitizer, fishing line with hook and small weight, sowing needle and thread.
*For the most part, if it’s smaller and lighter it’s better. Do not bring extra stuff! You will be hating life if you have a heavy bag. The goal is to make your bag as light as possible. (For example: I don’t bring a whole tube of toothpaste, I squeeze some in a tiny ziploc bag; I cut my toothbrush in half; I prepare all my food beforehand and get rid of all unnecessary wrappers; The only extra clothing I bring is what’s listed above under “other clothing”). Your backpack can get drenched, the reason your stuff needs to be in ziploc bags is to prevent your stuff from getting wet. A mosquito head net is strongly recommended! You can also purchase “clothing & gear insect repellent”. Don’t forget jumper cables and a spare tire for your vehicle. This list will obviously be adjusted according to your personal needs. Remember: If you’re going with multiple people, you can share many of the things on this list.