Clothing for a typical two-night spring backpacking trip in the Pacific Northwest.
Clockwise, from top left:
- camisole: Mountain Hardwear Women’s Wicked Tank
I wear this moisture wicking camisole instead of a bra. It’s looser fitting, so it’s more comfortable, and unlike a bra, it doesn’t trap sweat against your upper body.
- long sleeve top: Women’s Butterlicious Stripe Long Sleeve Half-Zip
Super soft against the skin, this top feels great day after day. I wear it while hiking and relaxing at camp.
- base layers: Icebreaker Oasis Crew Long Underwear Top and Icebreaker Oasis Long Underwear Leggings
I wear these marino wool base layers for sleeping, and if it’s really cold while hanging around at camp at night, I’ll add them under my hiking clothes.
- puffy jacket: Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer (6.7 oz)
This hooded down jacket is extremely lightweight, provides a lot of warmth, and layers well with an outer shell due it’s trim shape.
- rain jacket: Outdoor Research Helium II (5.5 oz)
One of the lightest rain jackets available, so it’s easy to tuck in the top pocket of your backpack, just in case.
- soft shell jacket: Mountain Hardwear Super Chockstone Hooded Jacket
I’ll wear this soft shell jacket while hiking, which is more breathable than a rain jacket, and won’t cause overheating as easily as an insulated jacket.
- hiking pants: Mountain Hardwear Women’s Dynama Pant
These are extremely comfortable pants for backpacking, with a yoga band top instead of a zipper, and lightweight stretchy fabric. Good for hiking, great for relaxing.
- socks: Icebreaker Hike+ Medium Crew (2 pair) and REI Co-op Lightweight Merino Wool Hiking Crew Socks
Socks are one of the few things that are good to have in multiples for backpacking. I like to take three pair: two are for hiking, and one pair is for sleeping.
- underwear: ExOfficio Give-N-Go Bikini Briefs – Women’s (2 pair)
All you need is two pair: wear one and wash one, they dry super fast.
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