HIKE! PACKING LIST

Here’s the deal, for HIKE! We are car camping. What does that mean? It means you are able to reserve a space at this campground and pull directly up to your campsite where you’ll find a picnic table, fire ring, and a big flat space for your tent.

Due to park regulations, you need to reserve your own campsite at Paddys Creek Drive-in Tent Camping Area. If you need help with that, send me a message.

I will provide all of your meals at my campsite, which will be a short walk away, we’re all staying at Paddys Creek. You are able to have six people and park two cars at each site. The sites do not have electricity, but there is a bathhouse, which I’m sure will have outlets. There’s also clean water available.

Here’s what you should plan on packing for a weekend of car camping and epic day hikes on the Blue Ridge Mountain range. Of course, you don’t need everything on this list, but take enough so that you are able to be warm, dry, and comfortable throughout the weekend.

  • full tank of gas

  • directions to Paddys Creek Drive-in Tent Camping Area

  • cell phone + charger

  • headlamp or flashlight / lantern + spare batteries

  • Battery pack

  • camping chair

  • day backpack for hiking adventures

  • tent, poles, rainfly, stakes

  • a tarp or two (you need a tarp or some type of footprint aka ground cloth for under your tent)

  • sleeping pad or air mattress (keep in mind there is no electricity.. There are air pumps that plug into vehicle cigarette lighters that work well)

  • pillow

  • sleeping bag

  • hammock and straps (I love these Atlas straps)

  • cooler + ice + drinks for yourself for the weekend

  • water bottles or camelbak to keep you hydrated during the day hikes

  • place setting - you must bring your own fork, spoon, knife, plate, bowl, cup, and mug. I will provide the meals.

  • trash bag

  • bath towel + maybe a face towel for sweat while hiking?

  • toothbrush and paste

  • toilet paper / baby wipes

  • hand sanitizer

  • sunscreen

  • bugspray

  • lip balm

  • basic first aid kit – I will have one as well.

  • medication + pain relievers

  • earplugs + eye mask if you’re not used to sleeping in a tent

  • brush

  • shampoo

  • conditioner

  • body wash

  • lotion

  • glasses / contacts + solution

  • sunglasses

  • hat

  • bandana or buff

  • active clothes that are quick dry

  • layers - it will be windy and chilly on the summits

  • puffy jacket or warm fleece for the summits + evenings

  • rain jacket

  • boots or trail shoes

  • wool socks / hiking socks

  • underwear + bra + pajamas

  • camp sandals or other shoes to give your feet a rest

  • binoculars?

  • camera + accessories

  • hiking poles

  • book

  • playing cards