GORUCK Challenge Packing List

Tammy S, working on her snatch technique.

Tammy S, working on her snatch technique.

GORUCK Challenge preparation and packing recommendations:

The equipment that you bring with you to the Challenge will directly impact how good of a time you have. GORUCK has a packing list that they advise you to follow. Below are the contents of it:

  • Your Weight (Bricks or Sand): GORUCK recommends that if you are under 150 lbs you need either 4 bricks or a 20 lb sand bag. If you are over 150 lbs you need either 6 bricks or a 40 lb sandbag.
  • Hydration System: If you have a bladder from a Camelback use it. Otherwise make sure you have a water sourse.
  • Gloves: GORUCK recommends the MechanixWear Original gloves.
  • Windbreaker: Up to you.



You may want to bring a hat with you to keep the sun out of your eyes and/or your head warm.


You’re going to want to wear a shirt. Suggestion is something that’s dry-fit material and comfortable because you’ll be in it for a while.


A windbreaker is very nice to have. When you get out of the water you’re going to want something to protect you from the wind.


MechanixWear Original gloves are great for a good grip when you’re wet, and they last a long time.


Pants are suggested because they will keep your knees from getting scraped up. If you wear shorts, running or basketball ones are recommended.


Comfortable walking shoes, boots (minimalist shoes are not recommended)
. Good quality socks

Spare Clothing

1 pair of spare socks and a spare shirt in a dry bag. May not be necessary, but will be better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.



Ruck or backpack. 
Weight 20-30 pounds

Water Bladder

You’re going to need to drink during the event and water bladders are key for that.

Dry Bags

Dry bags are very important for storing your food, identification, and money. They’re also great for keeping your extra gear dry.

Miscellaneous Equipment:


Bring a few whole food bars of choice, a PB&J sandwich, and some energy gels.  Nuts are also a good source of energy.