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Planning an overnight camping trip in the Spring means preparing for various weather possibilities, including rain. Keep reading to find out our suggested hiking and camping supplies list!


Hiking and Camping Supplies List

Written by: Nina Thomas


Although a wet time of the year for many National Parks in temperate climate zones, it is also one of the most beautiful times to visit with the blossoming trees and flowers.

Take the Great Smoky Mountains for example, which have over 1,500 types of flowering plants and is known as the “Wildflower National Park.” (There is even a Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage that takes place April every year.)

Even though you may have to deal with some competing rainfalls, hearing the birds chirping and seeing the bright colored flowers can be well-worth the hassle.


Backpack / Tent /  Sleeping Bag / Ripstop Tarp / Rope / Headlamp / Sleeping Pad / Tea Bag / Backpacker’s Pantry / JournalNalgene bottle / Innate Cup


Gear Checklist


Unfortunately, because of the weather, one of the main things you need to keep in mind when packing for a trip like this is that equipment needs to be waterproof. You’ll also need to consider that you may be cooking in the rain. Here is our suggested packing list!


  • Backpack: choose a pack with an internal frame and one with a waterproof cover that comes  out of the bottom.
  • Three season tent
  • Three season sleeping bag: mummy sleeping bags are lightweight and keep you warm. Don’t forget a sleeping bag liner (also useful for regular travel)
  • A tarp and rope is essential. Set this up by your tent so that you can prepare your food and keep dry. Bring an extra rope that you can hang underneath the tarp to place wet clothes for drying
  • Water boiler and pot for boiling water
  • Water filter
  • Nalgene bottle
  • Rehydrated meals are simple and require little clean-up


Optional items and tips:

  • Consider bringing a journal with waterproof pages to document your adventures.
  • Bring a cup with a lid to avoid filling your hot tea up with rain water.
  • Other essential items: Toilet paper, unscented baby wipes, face wipes, matches, a lighter for the jet boil, headlamp, toothbrush and toothpaste, and a knife.
  • Make your own granola bars to save money, and  customize them with ingredients specific to your liking.


Venture Jacket / Long Sleeve / Tech T-Shirt / Long Underwear Pants / Trail Pant / Headband / Crew Socks / Paracord Bracelet / Sandals / Umbrella / Hiking boots


Clothing list


You’ll want to bring plenty of warm clothing in case its chilly, but also clothing that is quick-drying and moisture-wicking in case it is rainy.


  • One t-shirt
  • One warm fleece
  • Merino wool base layers. Merino wool are warm and dry quickly
  • One pair of hiking pants (water-proof)
  • Waterproof jacket with a hood
  • Two pairs of merino wool socks: keep one in your pack and make sure they are dry. (Put in a plastic bag to make sure.)
  • Hiking boots
  • Flip flops for when you air your feet out after hiking
  • Underwear


Optional items to consider:

  • Small lightweight umbrella. Even though you have a waterproof jacket with you and hopefully a cover for your backpack, you may get tired of constant rain on you while hiking.
  • A paracord survival bracelet can unravel to create a long rope. This may come in handy if you need to hang up extra clothing to dry.
  • A larger headband or head scarf to keep your hair dry and keep from getting ill on the trail.
  • For more additional items, consider reading this and these helpful tips to make camping easier for women.


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Author Bio: A travel lover and freelance writer from the United States Midwest. Traveling mostly as a couple with her husband, she is constantly looking for a beautiful view and a good adventure. For more practical travel tips and ideas from a Central Ohio Girl, check out her website: or follow her on Twitter.