While it’s important to find gear that works for you based on your individual needs, it can be helpful to hear about what works for others. This is my typical backpacking gear list, with info about how I use each item.
There’s no one way to pack a backpack, instead, practice loading until you find a method that works best for you. A well loaded backpack will feel balanced and won’t shift around when hiking, providing stability on trail.
In order for my backpacking trips to be successful, I have to work at eating enough to fully replenish my body. I need food that I’ll want to eat every day, so I make a lot of my own breakfasts, dinners and snacks.