Down bags are not good because they are ineffective when wet.
Personal First Aid Kit: The Troop gear includes a fully stocked first aid kit, but you should also carry a personal first aid kit to handle minor problems.
Kits are typically “personalized”, but all kits should include moleskin (for blisters), several adhesive bandages of various sizes, a few gauze pads, adhesive tape, and disinfecting ointment.
Small mouth bottles are difficult to clean and to fill with a water filter, or a drink mix.
Some scouts and adults use a bladder system, such as Platypus or Camelbak, for easier access.
Self-inflating pads are not good for Scouts because they can be punctured.
A “backpacker’s pillow” is an optional added piece of comfort, or you can use your sleeping bag’s stuff sack filled with your fleece jacket and a tee shirt as a pillow case.
Some backpacks are waterproof, but like a tent, the seams need to be sealed.
Check your cover, or backpack, for “waterproofness” prior to the trek.
) Items you wear are not included in the above totals, nor is food weight (estimated at 1.5 to 2.0 pounds per day, per hiker) or water (which adds 3-7 pounds per hiker).