When I got invited on my first hike, I knew I didn't have the equiptment and didn't have the money to spend on a tent, backpack, sleeping bag and pad. Thankfully, I found out that there were places to rent this stuff. Those places were EMS and REI.

I live a few miles from The Mall At Rockingham Park, so EMS was a no brainer at first. For about $75 dollars, you can rent them all for three days. That's good enought for a two day hike and a day to return. Prices are about the same at both locations. REI has tax since it is in MA, but doesn't have the mark-ups of a mall store. Although REI offers, for only $20, a lifetime membership where you can enjoy some of the many benefits which include making dividends on purchases which pretty much equal MA state tax.

REI has a great online outlet store where I picked up most of my gear(off season). I recently purchased a $220 pack for $110 and many other items between 30-70% off. Be careful about going to the store itself, it's like being a kid in a candy store. You can spend a whole weeks pay in about an hour.

Both stores had staff that were well informed about the rental equipment, although REI had more inventory and measured my torso in order to get the right pack. I have hiked in both rental packs and found that there wasn't a large difference between them.

NOTE: Not All Items Will Be Needed Or Carried By One Person If Traveling In A Group

Overnight Backpacking Checklist

Navigation -
Sun Protection -
Insulation -
Illumination -
First-Aid Supplies -
Fire -
Repair Kit-Tools -
Nutrition -
Hydration -
Emergency Shelter -

Map, Compass, GPS
Sunscreen and Lip Balm, Sunglasses
Jacket or Vest(Preferably Synthetic), Fleece Pants
Headlamp or Flashlight, Extra Batteries
First-Aid Kit
Matches, Fire Starter, Waterproof Container
Knife or Multi-Tool, Mattress Repair Kit, Duct Tape Strips on Bottle or Poles
Extra Day's Supply of Food, Spare Energy Bars, Gels, Trail Mix
Water Bottle or Hydration Reservoir, Water Filter or other Treatment System
Tarp, Bivy Sack, Reflective Blanket

Beyond The Essentials

Backpack,Daypack or Summit Pack
Pack Cover
Tent, Tarp or Bivy Sack
Tent Stakes and Guylines
Tent-Pole Repair Sleeve
Footprint(needed for tent)
Sleeping Bag
Meals, Energy Food or Drinks
Stove, Fuel
Dishes, Bowls, Cups, Utensils
Stuff Sack or Compression Sack
Sleeping Pad
Pillow or Stuffable Pillow Case
Whistle, Signaling Mirror
Multifunction Watch(w/altimeter)
Ice Axe, Trekking Poles
Food-Storage Sack or Canister
50ft. Nylon Cord
Collapsible Sink or Container
Packable Lantern


Socks(Synthetic or Wool)
In-camp sandals

Clothing(Warm Weather)

Wicking T-shirt, Underwear
Quick-Drying pants/shorts
Long-sleeve Shirt
Sun-shielding Hat
Insulating Jacket, Vest, Pants

Clothing(Cold Weather)

Long-sleeve T-shirt, Underwear
Hat, Cap or Headband
Gloves or Mittens
Waterproof/Breathable Jacket w/Hood
Waterproof/Breathable Pants

Personal Items

Insect Repellent
Toilet Paper
Sanitation Trowel
Biodegradable Soap
Toothbrush, Toiletry Kit
Shower Bag
Quick-dry Towel

Other Items

Route Description or Guidebook
Camera, Binoculars
Music Player w/Headphones
Two-way Radios
Cell or Satellite Phone
Cash, Credit Card
Notebook and Pen/Pencil

Recommended Items

·Map Adventures
  5th Ed. White Mountain
  Waterproof Trail Map

·Appalachian Mountain Club
  29th Ed. White Mountain Guide

  Microfilter And
  Purifier System
  or LifeStraw

·Regan Wine
  Bottle Of Wine For Summit
  Day Trips Only