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Sleeping Bags are available in many sizes, fabric, fill, color, and price.
A bag in the low-middle price range filled with synthetic material is recommended.
Waterproof Pack Cover needs to be large enough to protect items strapped to the exterior of the pack.
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.
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.
The larger the pack, the greater the tendency to fill it with non-essentials.
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.
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.