Launch Packing List

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I put together a rocket launch packing list for folks who intend to launch hobby, sport, or high power rockets.  The list is below as well as a link to a PDF that you can download.


The first time I went to the launch field I found that I should have brought some things that I did not think I would need.   Once I figured out what I should bring, I have forgotten to bring an item on occasion.   So I had to borrow it from a fellow hobbyist.Picture of tool box

Another reason to create a packing list, is that at times you are traveling many miles to a launch.  It would be bad if you got to your destination and you forgot a vital piece of your launch day equipment.

The Launch Packing List

So the packing list was born.  It is broken up into three sections.  What to pack in the toolbox(s), what to pack in the vehicle, and what paperwork to bring with you.  At the bottom of the list is a link to this list in PDF format.  Feel free to download it.  Post any additions or corrections in the comments section.



  1. Sunscreen

Motor Items

  1. Motor Cases
  2. Reloads
  3. Disposable Motors
  4. Motor Retainers
  5. Igniters
  6. Delay tool
  7. Motor Mounts
  8. Motor Tools
  9. Grease

Recovery Items

  1. Wadding
  2. Parachutes
  3. D-Rings/Swivels
  4. Chute Release
  5. Chute Release Bands
  6. Powder Charges
  7. Electric Matches
  8. Parachute Blankets
  9. Shroud Protectors


  1. Alcohol Wipes
  2. Nitrile Gloves
  3. Masking Tape
  4. Duct Tape
  5. Rivets
  6. Shear Pins
  7. Super Glue
  8. Tie Wraps


  1. Multimeter
  2. Wire Stripper
  3. Side Cutters
  4. Small Screwdrivers
  5. Phillip Screwdriver
  6. Hobby Knife
  7. Scissors
  8. Pliers
  9. Needle-nosed Pliers


  1. Altimeter
  2. Tripoli/NAR Card


  1. Awning
  2. Chair
  3. Table
  4. Cooler
  5. Toolbox
  6. Rockets (really should not forget these!)
  7. Clipboard/Paperwork
  8. Sun Glasses
  9. Hat
  10. Camera
  11. Cell Phone
  12. Paperwork


  1. Certification Forms
  2. Pencil
  3. Pen
  4. Sharpee
  5. Calculator
  6. Rocksim printouts
  7. Checklists

Download – Launch Packing List (PDF)

Download – Launch Packing List (Editable)

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