We find ourselves on backpacking adventures that range all over from several spots on the Appalachian Trail, gorgeous hikes in Smoky Mountain National Park, Maine’s Acadia National Park, and pristine places out West like Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park and California’s Yosemite National Park. There are so many beautiful places to see!
When packing gear for these adventures, our backpacking gear lists constantly evolve along with us. Some items on these lists change as equipment gets better, as we up our skill & comfort level, as the seasons or environment change, or if we just want to experiment with new and fun gear that might enhance our experience in nature.
We don’t consider ourselves ultralight backpackers, but try everywhere we can to stay in the lightweight backpacking weight range and ditch unnecessary weight whenever possible. Since one of my passions is photography and capturing the beauty of these destinations, my photography gear list is always much heavier than normal with my DSLR, tripod, lenses, filters, and other things.
Here’s what I consider my current backpacking setup. Mrs. Saturday’s base weight is always much lighter than mine so I can also be sure she’s enjoying her time and not struggling.
I hope this helps some of you brainstorm your gear lists. Enjoy!
You gotta carry all that stuff in something right?
ULA Circuit Backpack 68 L
REI Flash 60 Pack - Women's
Some of these overlap into Travel Clothing, but these are the normal go-to clothes.
ExOfficio Give-N-Go Boxer Briefs
ExOfficio Give-N-Go Bikini Briefs - Women's
Teva Mush II Flip Flops
SmartWool PhD Outdoor Ultra Light Mini Socks
Injinji Performance Mini Crew Toe Socks
I try to go as light as possible in this area. The best strategy is simply bringing less items.
I threw a few miscellaneous items in here that we like.
Therm-a-Rest Z-Seat Sit Pad
Field Notes Expedition Waterproof Journal
Stay hydrated my friends.
Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter
Sawyer Squeeze Bags - 1 L (32 oz)
Sawyer Squeeze Bags - 2 L (64 oz)
SmartWater 1 liter Bottle
Nourish the soul with a good meal or hot beverage in the outdoors & come back to life.
Protection – Bears, Insects, & Weather
Repel the baddies big & small. Stay safe & comfortable.
Frontiersman Bear Spray 9.2 oz
BearVault Bear Canister BV500 11.5 Liter
LiteFlex or Gossamer Gear "Chrome Dome" Umbrella
Weight is extremely important, but know what’s more important? A good night’s sleep.
Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow
Marmot Cloudbreak 30 Sleeping Bag
Thermarest Neoair XTherm Sleeping Pad
Marmot Trestles 30 Sleeping Bag - Women's
REI Air Rail Sleeping Pad - Women's
Your home away from home doesn’t have to weight a ton. It should protect you from the elements.
MLD DuoMid Pyramid Tarp
Bearpaw Wilderness Designs PyraNet 2
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles
Black Diamond Alpine Cork Trail lower pole shaft (trimmed)
MSR Groundhog Stakes (4)
ENO Doublenest Hammock
ENO Atlas Straps
Nothing like doing your business with a view.
Dr. Bronner's Liquid Soap - Peppermint
REI MultiTowel Lite Medium Towel - 22" x 12.5"
Sea to Summit Clothesline
The Deuce of Spades Trowel
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
Reach Mint Waxed Dental Floss
Gum Travel Folding Soft Toothbrush
Always have the right tool for the job my dad always said. Even better if that tool can do double or triple duty.
Victorinox Swiss Army Compact Knife
Leatherman Squirt PS4 Multi-Tool