1: First step, check weather and terrain, so you’ll know what to take.
2: Work off a packing list separated into Clothing, Shelter, Kitchen, Travel, and Miscellaneous.
3: Lay everything out in a clear, open space, keeping items groups into packing list categories.
4: Once you’ve assembled everything, trim out unneeded luxuries, because a week’s food and fuel makes for heavy loads anyway.
5: Then check for critical, trip-ending items you might have forgotten.
6: Load your pack to make sure it all fits.
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