|My daughter was terrified from the thunder.|
1 pair of pants
1 long john top and bottom
2 pairs of socks
1 rain jacket
1 brimed hat
1 plastic $1 pancho
1 plastic spoon (they are lighter than metal)
(1 fleece jacket) (depending on the person, J and are always cold camping, while Brent is not)
(pair of light weight shoes)-- depending on how you role, a pair of light weight shoes to give your feet a rest when you aren't hiking like water socks or something. I brought crocs for my kids, but we might not bring them next time, because the kids don't have as much weight in their tennis shoes as we do. We never used the cros
Per Pack (this list is for two adults with large packs, and two small kids)
2 black trash bags
1 jumbo ziploc
1 emegerancy blanket
1 small tube of sun screen
1 small bug spray
2 sleeping abg
1 small towel
2 Nalgene bottles
1 fishing pole (we need a lighter reel, my husband loves to fish and has a backpacking rod)
first aid kit and mole skin
toliet paper and shovel
3 sleeping pads (we are all small so we share the three among us four)
tampons (one thing I read said women should always carry a few, even if not expecting to need them)
duct tape, just a little bit, so to save weight but to fix a broke pack or something
light point and shoot camera
4 light toothbrush (like travel ones, with caps discarded)
toothpaste (or a little bit of baking powder to save weight, this past time we all used a half used small kids favored paste)
parachute cord-- 50 ft (its lighter than rope)
Just for the record, my son wears pullups at night, and my daughter is in diapers. We brought only two pullups for J, and few extra diapers, I think we came back with four. Then a whole pile in the car. When you start backpacking with kids, you want to be within a few miles of the car, with extra supplies in the car, just in case. Kids are durable, and rubbery, but at the same time, easily traumatized.
When it was all over, we drove to this waterfall also in the National Forest, but it was next to a parking lot, no need to hike. See look, we survived, same day we hiked out.
P.S. if you notice, none of us are wearing jeans. They are heavy and slow drying. Cargos are a definite plus.
We also brought no toys, other than thumb sucking blankets and a sippy cup. Dirt, rocks, flowers, and grass are the best toys anyway. Next time we won't bring a sippy cup, because she is outgrowing them. But definitely useful for toddlers, or babies.