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How To Pack For Overnight Hikes – A Beginners Guide

Getting ready for an overnight backpacking trip can be a daunting task for a first timer or a seasoned veteran. When packing for a hiking trip you need to find the perfect balance. Sometimes this means forgoing some comforts for reduced pack weight. Listed below is all of the gear I carry when on the trail.


My typical hiking Getup




You always should be carrying some form of survival/emergency kit while hiking. Most importantly this needs to include a first aid kit, headlamp, water tablets, fire starters and bear spray.

Additionally, I always bring along my Spot X Satellite Communicator when I’m hiking in the Backcountry.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the contents in my Backpacking Survival Kit 

Survival Kit


We actually used an old 90’s outbound tent this summer until the rain got the better of it hiking in the Yukon. We have since upgraded to the North Face Model listed below. Just another reminder you don’t need top of the line gear to have top notch experiences.


The Old and ‘Not so Trusty’ Tent



Using Pump Filter to Purify water from Garibaldi Lake


  • Merrell Moab 2 Mid Speed Goretex Boots
  • Black Diamond Poles
  • Gaiters
Lauras Getup, including some very clean gaiters

Filming Equipment


  • Map
  • Compass


  • Typically some form of entrée and snacks usually include, nuts, jerky, pepperoni sticks, Brookside chocolates and candies
  • Food sack to hold gear and cord to hang with

Trip Plan

It’s always essential to let someone know where you are going with a trip plan. CLICK HERE to learn how to make one so you can share it with someone who cares before your trip.

Compass on map beside a river



Make sure to get all the hygiene items below in a small carry on type size to ensure weight stays low. Only bring the trowel if there are no pit toilets on the trail, otherwise, you may not need it. Pull some of the toilet paper off the roll so you don’t have to carry the whole thing.

  • Bugspray
  • toothpaste + toothbrush
  • Small sunscreen
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Trowel


Everyones needs and preferences while hiking will be different. The items above are things I carry along with me on every single overnight hike I do.

Is there any particular gear item I’m missing that would better my hiking experience?

Let me know in the comments.

Happy Hiking!


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