What to Pack for a Weekend Outdoors


Wondering what to pack for a weekend in the outdoors? I’ve been through the outdoor packing process a few times, and have been preparing for my upcoming “weekend in the woods” where I’ll be attending the “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” workshop in Ocala, FL. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission offers this particular workshop series for women twice a year — once in March in Ocala and once in October in West Palm Beach.

Just like everyone else, when it comes time to pack for an extended weekend away, I’m always concerned that I’ll forget to pack something or leave something important behind. Thankfully, I came across the below outdoor weekend packing checklist. I’ve found that running through this list at least a week in advance of a trip has been a huge help. You can just print this list out or email it to yourself for easy reference.

  • Bath soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Brush or comb
  • Rain jacket
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen
  • Lawn chair(s)
  • Drinking water
  • Pillow
  • Air mattress or comfy sleeping bag
  • Earplugs
  • Canteen or water bottle for hikes or fishing trips
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Gold Bond Medicated Powder (repels ticks)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Extra shoes or hiking boots (in case one pair gets wet)
  • Shower shoes
  • Towel and washcloth
  • Cargo pants or jeans
  • Sweatshirts
  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Jacket
  • Hat or cap
  • Binoculars
  • Backpack
  • Compass or GPS

Have I missed anything that you wouldn’t leave home without? If so, be sure to comment on this post with your additions or visit the Shefishes2 Facebook page and share your comments there.


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