Backpacking Gear Lists

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!


Backpacking Backpacks

You gotta carry all that stuff in something right?

ULA Circuit Backpack 68 L

REI Flash 60 Pack - Women's

Backpacking Clothing

Some of these overlap into Travel Clothing, but these are the normal go-to clothes.


Buff (Wool)

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.

Zebralight H51w Headlamp

AA Amazon Basics Rechargeable batteries

Anker PowerLine Micro USB Cables

Samsung Galaxy S6 Smartphone

Anker PowerCore 10,000mAh External Battery

Anker PowerCore 13,000mAh External Battery

Anker PowerPort 2 USB Travel Charger

AUKEY Quick Charge 3.0 USB Car Charger


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.


Evernew 0.9L Titanium Non-stick Pot w/lid (ECA422)

Snow Peak 450 Single Wall Titanium Mug

Snow Peak 600 Single Wall Titanium Mug

Snow Peak Hotlips

MSR MicroRocket Stove

MSR Universal Canister Stand

Guyot Designs Squishy Bowl (or Cup)

humangear GoBites Uno Spork

To-Go Ware Bamboo Utensil Set

TOAKS Titanium Long Handle Spoon w/Polished Bowl

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

Sleeping System

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