What to wear & bring with you?

Gear for a backpacking trip

Gear for a backpacking trip

The selection of proper clothing and gear for a hike / backpacking trip are highly personal and frequently-debated topics.  If you are new to hiking/backpacking, we recommend that you:

Obtain books pertinent to on hiking/backpacking that discuss what to wear and/or bring. Some suggestions include:

Visit your local outfitter / gear store as they should be a good resource for assembling your clothing and gear.

You might also want to attend a presentation/course on hiking or backpacking offered by an outdoor retailer, nearby College/University outdoors program, or a local outdoors organization.  Examples of providers include:

There are also some useful online resources.  Check out Backpacker Magazine’s online skills training, Andrew Skurka’s How To series, the American Hiking Society’s fact sheets, Backpackinglight.com’s website and magazine, and thebackpacker.com’s tips for beginners.


caroline April 23, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I’m doing a research progect on north country and it is a very good interent site to use……..but it could use some more interesting and cool things to know for my topic.

radavis April 24, 2012 at 7:43 am

Caroline ~ We think the whole trail is pretty interesting can cool. IF there is something specific you are looking to find, please feel free to send an e-mail to hq@northcountrytrail.org OR give us a call 866-455-3628. Thanks!

John McQuisten June 19, 2012 at 4:17 am

There were talks of finishing the trail by 2000, and it’s now 2012 any idea when the trail is projected to be finished at this point? Also I was going to order a map, but it states they were lasted updated in 2009 has anything been updated since then?

Matthew Davis July 9, 2012 at 1:39 pm

John – I’m not sure where you heard the NCT would be finished by 2000. It won’t be “finished” in a very long time since we have over 2,000 miles of trail left to build on privately owned lands. This is slow work. Look for updated NCT maps this fall.

JD August 29, 2012 at 7:21 am

Matthew – When you say you have >2000-miles of trail left to build, does that mean that one could not start at one end and walk straight through to the opposite terminus without having to go off-trail and walk along roads before getting back on trail?

admin August 29, 2012 at 9:35 am