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.
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- 80L Hiking Backpack
- 80-100L Backpack Raincover (Mountain Warehouse 100L Rucksack Cover)
- Packable Day Pack
- Merino wool baselayer – top + bottoms (Stanfields)
- Warm socks
- 1 extra underwear
- 1 extra t-shirt/shorts (depending on duration of hike)
- Packable raincoat (Mountain Warehouse Pakka Rainjacket)
- Packable rain pants (Mountain Warehouse Pakka Rainpants)
- Down Puffer (Eddie Bauer Cirrus Light Down Hooded Jacket)
- Wool Gloves
- Crocs/Sandals (Crocs Classic Clogs)
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.
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.
- Tent (North Face Stormbreak 2) w/footprint
- Lightweight tent stakes
- Paracord/Rope (tie tarp and make a clothes hang)
- Mountain Warehouse Summit 250 Sleeping Bag
- Klymit Double V Sleeping pad
- MSR Dragonfly Stove
- Waterproof Matches
- MSR Fuel Container (Filled with Coleman Stove Fuel)
- 1 plastic bowl
- plastic mugs
- cooking pot w/lid
- Small drying towel
- Merrell Moab 2 Mid Speed Goretex Boots
- Black Diamond Poles
- 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
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.
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.
- toothpaste + toothbrush
- Small sunscreen
- Toilet paper
- Hand sanitizer
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.