Hello! This is my first (but definitely not my last) post here, and I'd like some suggestions on the gear I'll be bringing to Philmont this summer. While I've gone on dozens of backpacking trips, I'm far from an expert gear-wise. I usually just grabbed the first sleeping bag or flashlight that I came across without much consideration to how good it is, but I think I'd like to be more careful choosing my gear this time. Here's the list of what I've been suggested to bring and all the information I've gathered.
pack with padded hip belt
capacity: external frame-4000 cu in +/-
internal frame-4800 cu in +/-
pack cover-waterproof nylon
I haven't really gotten to thinking about the pack yet; I think it would be better to get all the stuff that I'm putting in the pack first, then worry about the pack.
sleeping bag in stuff sack lined with plastic bag
I've got a Lafuma sleeping bag rated to 30 degrees, about 14.9" x 8.3", and 3 lbs 3 oz. However, I'm not sure how good this is compared to other sleeping bags.
sleep clothes-worn only in sleeping bag (T-shirt and gym shorts)
*straps to hold sleeping bag on pack
*foam sleeping pad (closed cell or Therma-Rest)
All I know about these are to not get the eggcrate kinds. Other than that, I don't know too much.
*hiking boots-well broken in
I already have a pair lying around, but I'm not sure if they're the right type for Philmont. Here's a link to them: http://www.zbsports.com/store/store_productdetaildesc.aspx?manufacturerid=32&productid=23678&categoryid=374
*lightweight sneakers or tennis shoes
*3 changes of underwear
*3 pairs heavy socks
SmartWool has been what most people have recommended so far.
*2 short sleeve shirts (not nylon)
Polypropylene, Under Armour or something similar.
*1 hat or cap-flexible, with brim
I was planning on just bringing whatever hat I could find, but maybe there's a certain kind I should be looking for?
*1 long sleeve shirt (wool or synthetic) pants, cotton or nylon (not heavy jeans)
*1 pair insulated underwear
*1 sweater or jacket (wool or polar fleece)
*1 sturdy rain suit (A)
*deep bowl (small, plastic)
One person suggested a coolwhip bowl. Another suggested http://www.guyotdesigns.com/. Any thoughts?
*cup (measuring style)
*3 or 4 - one qt. water bottles (BB, A)
*soap, biodegradable (BB, S)
*toothbrush/toothpaste (BB, S)
I've heard breath mints instead of toothbrush/toothpaste will work well, but I'm not sure.
*small camp towel
Shamwow or something like that?
Not much to go by, sorry about that, but I'd really like some advice. You don't need to revise the whole list and write a whole page or anything, but just a few suggestions here and there would be very much appreciated.