A backpacking trip to Isle Royale can be the experience of a lifetime or an experience that takes a lifetime to forget. The deciding factor, which can greatly enhance the quality of any trip, is advance planning.
The following is a suggested list of gear to bring to Isle Royale and how to pack it, to be used when planning your trip.
Sleeping bag (rated to 20 degrees F) in a compression stuff sack
Water filter (0.4 microns or smaller)
2 quart water botltes, minimum
Stove fuel in approved containers
Flashlights/headlamp (plus extra batteries)
First aid kit
Moleskin and foot powder
Repair kit (pack, stove, filter, etc.)
Plastic spade/toilet paper
Empty Zip-Loc bags for trash
*Cotton, poplar, and synthetic fibers such as fleece are quick-drying. Wool retains insulating properties even when wet, and polypropylene is easily dried and lightweight. These fabrics are ideal for Isle Royale's changeable climate.
Wool and thin synthetic socks
Plastic groundsheet for tent
Pack rain cover
Sunglasses/spare prescription glasses - with safety strap
The general rule of thumb is that your pack should weigh no more than 30% of your body weight. This can vary by fitness level, as fitter backpackers can generally tolerate more weight. No matter how much you weigh, it is good to aim for a pack weighin less than fifty pounds.