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6. Water purification. A filter works, but they clog and break so often that you should have a small bottle of iodine tablets or other water purification as back up.
7. Rainwear. One of biggest killers in woods is hypothermia, and it often starts when you get wet. Try to stay dry.
8. Shelter. This can be a tent, tarp or bivy sack. Just be sure you know how to use it.
9. Sleeping bag. Down bags are warmest for their weight, but be sure you know how to keep it dry, or bring a synthetic bag.
10. Specific trip items. For backpacking trips in Michigan in May, bring insect repellant. In June in Arizona, bring sunblock. Think about specific conditions for time and place of your trip.
Make your own list if you take regular backpacking trips. It's no fun when a friend tells us ten miles down trail that he's allergic to bees and forgot his medicine. A little planning means less worries, and a better trip.
Steve Gillman is a long-time backpacker, and advocate of ultralight backpacking. His advice and stories can be found at http://www.TheBackpackingSite.com