My Full Backpacking Gear List

my backpacking gear

When it comes to choosing your gear for backpacking, it’s important to find what works for you based on your individual needs, and not necessarily what is used by your friends (or me), or the most popular or award-winning. However, it can be helpful to hear about what works for others.

Considerations before you buy gear

Consider the trifecta of cost vs. weight vs. comfort and where your needs fall within each. For example, if carrying less weight matters, you may need to spend more money on ultralight gear and forgo some comfort items. On the other hand, if comfort is king, your pack will most likely be heavier to carry. If you aren’t in a position to invest a lot of money into backpacking gear, don’t worry. It is possible to find bargains and/or buy used gear to get started. As you gain experience, you can slowly add or replace items if you choose to do so.

My initial approach was to buy the best gear based on what was highly rated. Over time, I realized that I needed to focus more on the weight of every item I carry so I ended up replacing a lot of gear. For more info about lightweight gear, see my “How to Lighten the Load of Your Backpack” post.

My Backpacking Gear

This is a full list of my backpacking gear. However, I don’t take every item on every trip. What I pack depends on many variables, including the weather, trail conditions, hiking distance, etc.

My ‘Big Three’: Backpack, Shelter, and Sleep System

My Big Three Backpacking Gear Items


backpack: Osprey Aura 50 AG, small (58 oz) with top lid removed

raincover for backpack: Osprey ultralight rain cover, large (3 oz)


ultralight tent: Tarptent Aeon Li (16 oz)

tent stakes: MSR Mini Groundhogs – 6 (1.5 oz)

tent: Tarptent Moment DW (2 lbs 5 oz)

tent footprint: Gossamer Gear Polycro ground cover (1.8 oz)

Sleep System

sleeping quilt: Enlightened Equipment Revelation (1 lb 6 oz)

sleeping pad: Exped Synmat UL M (16 oz) and Schnozzel pump bag

sleeping pad for cold weather: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xtherm (15 oz)

ultralight pillow: Outdoor Vitals Ultralight Stretch Pillow (2.6 oz)


Kitchen Gear

My backpacking kitchen gear

stove: Soto Amicus stove with Piezo igniter (2.8 oz)

stuff sack for stove: Zpacks wallet/camera stuff sack (0.8 oz)

pot: Soto New River pot with lid (5 oz)

fuel for stove: 1 small canister (weight varies based on how much fuel is left – a full canister weighs 7 oz)

ultralight mug/pot: TOAKS LIGHT Titanium 550 ml pot with lid (2.6 oz)

soap: Dr. Brommer’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap – unscented (2 oz)

mini-dropper bottle for soap: Gossamer Gear mini dropper bottle set

towel for washing dishes: camp towel, small – 14″ x 10″ – green  (1 oz)

spork: Morsel Spork (0.6 oz)

stuff sack for kitchen kit: Zpacks Dyneema cooking pot stuff sack (0.14 oz)

food sack: Zpacks Bear Bagging Kit (3.4 oz)

cord for hanging food: BlueWater 3mm NiteLine Utility Cord

bear bag: Ursack Major XL Bear Bag (8 oz)

bear canister: Wild Ideas Bearikade Scout (28 oz)

bear canister: LIGHTER1 Lil’ Sami Polycarbonate Bear-Resistant Food Canister (28 oz)


Hydration & Water Filtering

my ultralight backpacking hydration kit

water bottle: Smart water or Life water bottle with sports cap (1 oz)

soft water bottle: Versa Flow Collapsible Canteen (1.5 oz)

water filter: Hydroblu Versa Flow (2.5 oz)

bladder for collecting water: CNOC Vecto 2 liter bladder (2.6 oz)

hydration bladder: Camelbak Antidote 3 liter (6.5 oz)

water filter: Sawyer Squeeze (3.6 oz)


Essentials, First Aid & Electronics

my backpacking essentials, first aid & electronics gear


compass: Suunto MC-2 Pro

emergency fire starter: Bic Mini and cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly

repair kit: Gear Aid Tenacious Tape

lip balm with sunscreen

multi-tool: Leatherman Squirt PS4 Multi-tool (2 oz)

hex tool for camera clip, hair tie

stuff sack for mini essentials: Zpacks wallet/camera stuff sack (0.8 oz)


First Aid kit: custom kit (4 oz)

mini plastic bags for first aid pharmacy: Ezy Dose Pill Pouches

stuff sack for first aid kit: Zpacks mini stuff sack (0.11 oz)


headlamp: Princeton Tec Axis rechargeable headlamp (2.7 oz)

Personal Locator Device: DeLorme InReach SE (7 oz) no longer available – I recommend the Garmin InReach Mini instead.

phone: iPhone XR with case (7.7 oz)

battery backup: Anker Astro Ei 5200mAh + two connection cords (4.9 oz)


Toiletries & Bathroom Kit

my backpacking toiletries & bathroom kit

toiletries: lip balm, hand sanitizer, toothbrush, mini toothpaste, sunscreen, lotion, Picaridin insect repellent, essential oil insect repellent, comb, hair ties, nail clippers, emery board

bug spray: Sawyer Picaridin

containers for various lotions and ointments: humangear GoTubb 0.9 cu. in.

pack towel: PackTowl, medium – purple (1 oz)

stuff sack for toiletries: Zpacks glasses zip pouch (0.3 oz)

trowel: Deuce of Spades trowel (0.6 oz)

odor-proof bag: Loksak Opsak, 11″ x 9″

bidet attachment for water bottle: Culo Clean (0.7 oz)

hand sanitizer: All Good Hand Sanitizer

stuff sack for bathroom kit: Poop-moji Pouch (0.3 oz)

toilet paper or wipes

pee cloth: Kula Cloth (0.5 oz)

Camera Equipment

my camera gear for hiking & backpacking

camera: Sony a7RII Mirrorless Digital Camera Body (22 oz)

camera lens: Sony FE 28mm f/2 Lens (7 oz)

camera strap: PeakDesign Slide Lite Camera Strap (2 oz)

camera attachment: PeakDesign Capture 3.0 Camera Clip (3 oz)

waterproof camera cover: PeakDesign Shell, small (2.4 oz)

ultralight tripod: Pedco Ultrapod II with Arca plate (4.2 oz)

Clothing & Footwear

my clothing and outerwear for hiking and backpacking

Clothing for hiking

long-sleeve top: Women’s Butterlicious Long Sleeve Half-Zip

short-sleeve top: Icebreaker merino wool short sleeve top

bra: Patagonia Women’s Barely Bra

underwear: Patagonia Womens Active Mesh Boy Shorts Underwear

hiking pants: Prana Halle Straight Pants

socks: Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Socks

Base layers for sleeping

base layer top for sleeping: Icebreaker Merino Wool Oasis Crew Long Underwear Top

base layer bottoms for sleeping: Columbia OmniHeat leggings

Hats & Gloves

beanie: Smartwool beanie (2.1 oz)

fleece hat: Columbia knit hat with fleece inner (2.9 oz)

lightweight gloves: Outdoor Research Melody Sensor Gloves (1.4 oz)

waterproof mittens: Borah Gear eVent Waterproof Mitts (1 oz)

Rain Gear

rain jacket: Outdoor Research Helium II (5.5 oz)

rain skirt: made by a friend using Silnylon and velcro (2 oz)

stuff sack for rain skirt: Zpacks mini stuff sack (0.11 oz)

stuff sack for hats and gloves Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Stuff Sack, 2.5 L


trail running shoes: Saucony Peregrine Trail Running Shoes

trail running shoes: Altra Olympus Trail Running Shoes


Additional Gear

backpacking chair: Helinox Chair Zero (16 oz)

sit seat: Therm-a-Rest Z Seat Pad (2 oz)

trekking poles: Leki Cressida Cor-Tec Women’s Trekking Poles


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