Troop 116

Packing list: City trips

The Ten Eight Essentials

Since we are not camping, and many museums and other buildings have safety regulations, knives and lighters can actually be a hinderance on city trips.

Other personal gear

  • Backpack or duffel
  • Day pack (tiny)
  • Sleeping bag (in a waterproof stuff sack or trash bag)
  • Sleeping pad (NOT an air mattress; foam pad or Thermarest-type self-inflating)
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Trash bags (3)
  • Ziplock bags (6)
  • 50 feet of thin rope
  • Pencil and paper
  • Whistle and mirror/CD (for signaling)
  • Cup
  • Bowl/plate
  • Spoon or spork
  • Bandana (this can be cotton)
  • Small camp towel
  • Personal toilet paper (in zip lock bag)
  • Tooth brush & toothpaste
  • Gold Bond (for feet and, well, useful if you choose not to wear underwear)
  • Personal medication
  • Camp soap (biodegradable liquid)


Remember: COTTON KILLS! All clothing should be polyester or wool (that includes socks and underwear). No jeans. No cotton T-shirts. No cotton socks or undies.

  • 2 pair zip-offs OR Long Pants (1 pair)
  • Short sleeve shirt (2)
  • Long sleeve shirt (1)
  • Nice shirt (1)
  • REQUIRED: Scout shirt (1)—Class B for Crew
  • Underwear (2-3 pair; optional)
  • Socks (3-4 pairs)
  • Fleece or sweater
  • Jacket (this is December, after all)
  • Skull cap /warm knit hat
  • Gloves
  • Brimmed hat (suggest all-around brim, for sun protection)
  • Rain Jacket (waterproof)
  • Hiking Boots or sturdy shoes (waterproofed)


  • Camera
  • Book
  • Spending money (for snacks, souvenirs, and to supplement your meal allowance)
  • Cellphone (but you CANNOT use it to call, text, play games, or use Internet; it is for emergencies only—or as a camera)
  • Deodorant

The troop will supply...
  • Cabins or floor space in a FOTT house
  • Money for meals
  • First aid kits (though carry a small personal kit plus any personal meds)
  • Most food (a snack or two of your own is always a good idea).

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