Packing List for a Remote 2 Week Hiking Trip

Our tent looked out at this view in the Rock Gardens area
Our tent looked out at this view in the Rock Gardens area

I visited Auyuittuq National Park on Baffin Island’s Cumberland Peninsula at the end of June one year. Auyuittuq is an Inuktitut word meaning land that never melts. I don’t normally do adventure tours anymore figuring I have enough experience to do it on my own. But when a trip is remote and logistics are tough, I am happy to leave the planning – especially meal planning to an outfit. But still packing was an issue. Below is a packing list for a remote two week backpacking trip – with a few suggestions I learned from experience after the two week trip.

If you’re going on a shorter hiking trip, modify the packing list primarily by reducing the amount of clothing (and of course food) you take. The gear doesn’t change much.

Pack weight is really everything. If ones’ pack is too heavy it totally takes away from the enjoyment of the trip. And we are carrying everything from food to fuel to all our personal gear. It weighed a lot!

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Packing List for a Remote Two Week Backpacking Trip
Tents scattered in the shadow of mountains in Auyuittuq National Park

Here’s what a packing list looks like for a remote two week trip – where it’s more likely to be cold and windy than hot.

Three clean, organized backpacks at the start of the trip
Three clean, organized backpacks at the start of the trip

Equipment for a remote backpacking trip

  • One good quality pack with rain cover – 70+ liters for men, 60+ liters for women
  • A sleeping bag rated to -5°C or colder, down or synthetic
  • A sleeping pad
  • Hiking poles – they will come in handy for balance fording streams and they do help take the weight off your knees. Go for the collapsible versions.
  • One – 1 litre water bottle, a water filter and water purification tablets.
  • Insect repellent and bug jacket
  • Toiletries including sunscreen as it will be nearly 24 hour sunlight, lip salve, biodegradable soap, matches, blister care kit ( I swear by Compeed)
  • Pack towel
  • Camera. I have a Nikon Z6. I’ve decided to bring two lenses – an 18-200 mm and a wide angle, plus two spare batteries and several extra cards.
  • Binoculars and a bird book. My husband will carry these.
  • Small foam bum pad for sitting – literally used this every day.
  • Pen, paper, journal
  • Kindle, book(s)
  • Swiss Army knife
  • Two dry bags for clothes and sleeping bag
A hiker with more outside than inside his backpack
You need poles for stream crossings especially in remote parks

Packing list for clothing on a remote 2 week trip

Layering is key to hiking in the Arctic or anywhere where it can be cold and windy (Patagonia, the Rockies…)- especially when the winds are blowing – which from what I’ve read is pretty constant at 10-20 km/hour. At least it will keep the bugs away. Snow can happen at any time and generally we can expect cool temperatures.

UPDATE: I took an inflatable seat cushion that took up almost no room. I highly recommend that as it keeps your butt warm and dry – and it’s far more comfortable than sitting on a rock.

I think only a high quality Gore-Tex jacket is all you need. I brought wind pants but my Gore-Tex pants were just fine – so I would save weight and volume and nix the wind pants too.


On a two week trip without a resupply, plan on drying your own food or bring dehydrated food. It takes up a lot of volume. You don’t want leftovers either as you need to pack them out. That will be the subject of another blog.

Anything you’d add to the list for a two week backpacking trip?

Not much elevation change but heavy loads
Not much elevation change but heavy loads on a two week backpacking trip

Further reading on backpacking trips

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Packing list for a remote 2 week hiking trip



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