The sleeping bag should have a comfort rating from 20° to 30° and should weigh no more than 3.5 pounds, but preferably less.Note: sleeping bags should not be stored in the stuff-sack at home, as this will mat the filling, causing a reduction in loft, and thus warmth.Shorter length pads can be purchased, or longer pads can be cut, to reduce the amount of bulk and weight (head to knee length is sufficient).Self-inflating pads are not good for Scouts because they can be punctured.Description of pack list items Personal Gear: Backpack: There are two main types of backpacks: the external frame and the internal frame.The conventional wisdom used to be that external frames are for trail hiking and internal frames are for off trail hiking.It is listed so you can see how much you can save if you are careful.It is even possible to be less than the “Low End Weight”, which is what you should be striving to make.
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.
Some scouts and adults use a bladder system, such as Platypus or Camelbak, for easier access.
Empty Gatorade bottles are lighter but don’t last as long.
A couple of large garbage bags may be suitable for summer hiking in the Sierras, but if multiple rainy days are anticipated a dedicated pack cover is better.
Some backpacks are waterproof, but like a tent, the seams need to be sealed.
Bags are best stored in “cloth storage bags” or left laying as loose as possible.