A Day at the Crag

One-day climbing trip.

Toiletries and personal care

  • Strong sunblock
  • Lip balm w/UV protection
  • Bug repellant
    DEET-based is the best option (http://www.rei.com/category/4500560)
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes
  • First aid kit
  • Prescription medications

Personal items

  • Wallet
    Cash, credit cards, driver's license, medical insurance card, AAA membership card, etc.
  • Glasses or contact lenses
    It's a good idea to get spare contacts/glasses, if you can't see a thing without them.
  • Sunglasses

Documents and money

  • Maps and guides


  • Cell phone
  • Photo camera, helmet camera, etc.
  • Extra memory for cameras
  • Extra batteries for all devices
  • Headlamp
  • Watch
  • Pocket knife or multi-tool
  • Ziploc plastic bags
    Good for storing cell phones, cameras and other valuable items in case of rain.
  • Emergency shelter
    Space blanket is the best option.
  • SPOT satellite messager


  • Base layer
    Short and/or long sleeve top depending on the weather.
  • Pants
  • Hiking shoes
    With good ankle support.
  • Nylon or wool hiking socks
    Silk liners are optional.
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof shell jacket with hood
    Ideally, the hood should fit over your helmet.
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Hat for warmth
    Thin hat that fits under your helmet is the best. I prefer a buff: http://www.rei.com/search?query=buff
  • Sandals or flip-flops
    Something to easily slip into between climbs.

Food and drink

  • Snacks
  • Water
    Minimum one quart (liter) per person. A LOT more if it's hot.

Sports gear

  • Climbing gear
    See a separate packing list.


  • FRS/GMRS radio
  • Audio cable to listen to iPod in the car

To do

  • Activate proper SPOT profile
  • Delete old pictures from camera
  • Charge or replace all batteries
  • Download maps to GPS device
  • Print out maps, climbing topo, beta, etc.