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.
These are ‘big three’ items that I use for backpacking. My goal for the gear I use is to strike a balance between low weight and comfort.
This combination of lightweight hydration items is what I take for filtering water on backpacking trips. It’s compact, simple to use, and only takes a few minutes using gravity to filter 2 liters of water.