Whether you're venturing into cooler climates for a short trip or spending a few weeks trekking around in warm weather there are a few things you must have packed in your backpack before you start throwing in your board shorts or fleeces. Backpacking Checklist Backpack - see our Rucksack and Daysack section Rain cover Rubbish sacks Lightweight sleeping bag - see sleeping bag section Sleeping bag inner Lightweight tent - see tent section Boots or shoes - see footwear section Comfortable socks Lightweight long sleeved shirt A moisture wicking T shirt A pack-away waterproof jacket Travel trousers with lots of pockets Gaitors Hat Compass Maps Guide books Toiletries First aid kit