Kluane National Park and Reserve

Overnight hiking in Kluane National Park & Reserve involves travel through wilderness country. Be prepared for emergencies and sudden changes in the weather. Your pack should fit well and weigh no more than 30% of your body weight. Reassess your pack contents if your pack is too heavy. Be realistic - every ounce counts.

What to take

Core items

  • Backpack and waterproof pack cover
  • Lightweight tent with rain fly and groundsheet
  • Sleeping bag and insulating sleeping pad
  • Stove, fuel, cook set and waterproof matches
  • Water bottle and purification kit
  • Extra day's supply of food and fuel
  • Bear resistant food canisters: mandatory on ALL overnight backcountry trips in the Park between April 1 and November 15; available at visitor centres
  • Bear Spray
  • Litterbag
  • Toilet paper and trowel
  • Map and trail description 
  • Compass or GPS


  • Sturdy, comfortable, well broken-in hiking boots
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • Gaiters
  • Insulating layers (wool and synthetics are best)
  • Windbreaker
  • Extra change of clothes and socks
  • Wool hat and mittens
  • Sun hat, sun glasses and sunscreen
  • Shorts
  • Lightweight shoes for around camp and creek crossings


  • Insect repellent or bug jacket
  • Pocketknife
  • Flashlight or headlamp (late summer and fall)
  • Repair kit for equipment
  • First aid and blister kits
  • Whistle for emergencies
  • Extra batteries
  • Satellite Communication Device, eg. SPOT (optional)
  • Camera

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