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What to pack in a daypack?


Q. What should you pack in a daypack at Scout camp?
— What-to-Pack Zach, Bay City, Tex.

A. Hey Zach, Thanks for the question. Well, what to pack really depends on what you’ll be doing at Scout camp (hiking? kayaking? rock climbing?), what time of year it is, what the weather is like, etc.

Luckily, we’ve covered that in a past issue of Boys’ Life. You can also check it out online here:

And don’t forget that The Boy Scout Handbook is a great resource and has lots of handy checklists.

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9 Comments on What to pack in a daypack?

  1. This cite is great!!!!

  2. I am a Eagle Scout and i hike a lot, I use a camele back with a pocket knife, rope, tarp, food, emergency blanket, water, first aid kit, compass and a map

  3. I recomand bringing a bottle of water a medi kit and boots with a good jacket and jeans also snacks

  4. I always consider the 7 survival priorities and have at least one thing with me related to each wherever I am. STOP: me; FIRST AID: first aid kit; SHELTER: survival blanket, knife; FIRE: Bic lighter, knife; SIGNAL: whistle, flashlight; WATER: water bottles or canteens; FOOD: high energy snacks (granola, gorp). Others have mentioned bug spray and such. Extra Socks! If you’re hiking at all and it’s hot, carry 1 or 2 extra pairs of socks. I made the mistake of not having them once (only once).

  5. What am I doing on this site? // November 2, 2014 at 1:19 am // Reply

    For camp hikes, you need a water bottle, a small bag of chips or snack, a rope, knife, and some sort of loud noise maker

  6. Boy Scout 41 // August 2, 2014 at 5:14 pm // Reply

    Just the essentials. Keep it light yet with all the necessary gear for an emergency.

  7. eagle7-25-10 // December 10, 2010 at 3:26 pm // Reply

    for summer camp i use a backpack with a built in camalbak type water bottle, any merit badge books or papers i need, sunscreen, bug spray, a bandana for sweat and or shade, my pocket knife and a few band aids

  8. Hey Zach, at summer camp I usually take my army canteen, a sweatshirt, my knife, a bandana, and big Ziploc bag with my scout book, my merit badge books, a notepad & pencil for my badge classes, and a camp map. I keep it all in my Camelback.

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