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Berg Lake packing list

Berg Lake packing list

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If you’re thinking about doing the Berg Lake trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park as an overnight, or multi-day hike, you might be wondering: “what to pack for the Berg Lake trail?”. I know I had lots of questions about what to pack, what with this being the longest multi-day hike I’d done since I was 17 in the Himalayas (where I didn’t have the issue of having to carry my stuff!). The weather on the Berg Lake trail changes rapidly, you’ll need plenty of snacks and you’ll be carrying a tent and sleeping gear. That sounds like a lot and it kinda is, but with this Berg Lake packing guide you’ll make sure you’ve everything you need for the Berg Lake trail!

Want to know more about the Berg Lake hike? Here’s my guide to the trail.

July 2021 Update: The Berg Lake trail is currently closed due to flooding, landslides and destruction of bridges. See this post for more information.
For 2021, the number of day hikers is limited. You must get a day pass (free) and this can be applied for from 7 am on the day before your hike. You can get passes & more information here.

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Berg Lake trail packing list

This is everything that was on my Berg Lake trail packing list. I must’ve written about three different lists but I don’t think I forgot anything I really wish I’d had. 

What to wear on the Berg Lake Trail, Mount Robson Provincial Park

These are the clothes I packed with my for a 3 night/4 day (3 full days, 1 afternoon) of hiking on the Berg Lake trail. This is in addition to what I was already wearing when we began the hike (leggings, t-shirt)

  • Underwear x 3
  • Sports bra x 1
  • Long sleeve t-shirt x 1: I bought a merino wool one before the trip and it really did keep me cool/warm and didn’t smell too bad by the end either!
  • Short sleeve t-shirt x 1
  • Waterproof trousers x 1
  • Waterproof jacket x 1
  • Puffy jacket x 1
  • Thin warm sweater x 1
  • Woolly hat + baseball cap
  • Swimsuit 
  • Thermals for sleeping in
  • Hiking socks x 2 + one spare pair for camp/sleeping
  • Camp shoes/slippers/flip flops: I got a pair of Native shoes which are super lightweight and comfy for walking around camp in.
  • Hiking boots
  • Leggings/hiking trousers x 1 (2 pairs in total)
  • Shorts x 1
  • Gloves (probably not necessary for July/August, but definitely take outside these months)

Berg Lake campground equipment

You won’t sleep well if you forget some of these essentials on your Berg Lake camping checklist!  

  • A tent: ideally a fairly small, lightweight one. We use an MSR Elixir
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Backpack with rain cover: While a lot of backpacks come with a rain cover, not all do. We ended up using the rain covers the entire time so it’s worth buying one if needed.
  • Gas + camping stove + lighter as a backup
  • Pans for cooking
  • Bowl + spork/spoon: these collapsible bowls were great for breakfast and my extra long spoon was perfect for getting to the bottom of the dehydrated meal packs! 
  • Mug: we went collapsible again to take up less room
  • Dry bags: A couple of dry bags are useful for storing clothes in and your food. You’ll need to keep all food & toiletries in a bear locker and this is easier if they’re in a bag.
  • Dr Bronner’s unscented, biodegradeable soap for washing
  • Toilet roll (+ Kula cloth if you wish): Toilet roll is not provided anywhere. 
  • Small camping trowel in case you need to go when there are no facilities
  • Bin bag: you must carry out ALL your trash
  • Resealable silicone bags to separate food/toiletries

Food & hydration

Deciding on what food to take on the Berg Lake trail was one of the harder decisions. Everyone worries about being hungry! I tend to err on the side of taking too much rather than too little provided you’ve room and can carry it. 

  • Sawyer water filter. All the water must be treated in some way before being consumed. This water filter was the easiest way to do that for us.
  • Water bottle and/or hydration pack: We each had a 2L hydration pack and a 1-litre bottle. Though there are enough water sources you could get away with just 2L per person at any one point. 
  • Food:
    • Breakfast: 2 x sachets of instant porridge per person per morning, instant coffee and/or tea bags and dried fruit/trail mix to jazz up the porridge for breakfast
    • Lunch: Salami (we bought a big one and cut up as required), sliced swiss cheese, small pots of houmous and pita bread (bought pack of 6 which fed two of us all three lunches of the trip)
    • Dinner: 1 x dehydrated meal per person, per night. The Backpacker’s Pantry Pad Thai was a favourite (and it’s exciting as comes with lots of little sachets!)
    • Snacks: Hornby bars (or similar), trail mix, Babybel cheese, dried mango, Snickers/Mars bars, fruit bars, Starbursts, beef jerky

Toiletries

A few things to keep you feeling ever so slightly cleaner.

  • Deodorant. I used this natural one and just decanted some into a smaller pot to save space.
  • Toothpaste & toothbrush
  • Hand sanitiser: As of 2020, this is a requirement but it makes sense to take some anyway. 
  • Wet wipes: for a wet wipe shower!
  • First Aid kit: Buy premade (this is the one I have), or make your own. I like to add a few extras to my premade kit including:
    • Bandaids; regular & for blisters
    • Antiseptic cream
    • Antihistamines
    • Tylenol/Advil
  • Sun cream
  • Moisturiser 
  • Lip balm

Misc + safety gear

  • A print-out of your Berg Lake trail reservations to exchange for a permit at the Mount Robson visitor centre.
  • Headlamp + extra batteries if required
  • Bear spray
  • Battery pack +. cables
  • Camera: In the end, we just used our phone & GoPro to take photos. 
  • Camping knife (not essential, but it did chop our salami for lunch!)
  • Sunglasses: My Goodr sunglasses are my new fave as they don’t slip and they’re pretty cheap.
  • Camping towel
  • Bug Spray
  • Your phone: keep on airplane mode or off to save battery. 
  • A day bag if you plan to do any day hikes (this is my one). 
  • Pack of cards for camp entertainment.