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My Backpacking Gear List

CURRENT GEAR LIST - Base Weight Typically Around 11lbs

  • Backpack: Gossamer Gear G4-20 Ultralight 42 (23.2 oz), + Water bottle front strap for backpack: Gossamer Gear Bottle Rocket (1.35 oz)


  • Tent: Zpacks Duplex (18.5 oz)

  • Ground sheet: Gossamer Gear Polycryo (3.8 oz)

  • Sleeping Bag: Marmot Ultra Elite 20 (1lb 15.7oz)

  • Sleeping Pad: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite SM (8 oz)

  • Pillow: Sea to Summit Aeros Ultralight (2.1 oz)

Eating & Drinking:

  • Water: Smart Water bottles (2 1 Liter, 1 Pint),

  • Pot: TOAKS Light Titanium 650ml Pot (2.8 oz)

  • Stove: MSR Pocket Rocket (3 oz)

  • Titanium spork: Snow Peak (0.6 oz)

  • Food bag: OP Sack (0.75 oz)

  • Lighter & Fuel

  • Tiny knife

  • Water filter: Sawyer Squeeze (3 oz)

Clothes (worn or in a stuff sack):

  • Two pairs of hiking socks: Injinji

  • One pair warm sleep socks

  • Three underwear: REI

  • Sports bra: Target

  • Sun shirt: Mountain Hardware Women's Crater Lake Active Hoody

  • Workout tanktop: H&M

  • Base layer hoody: Patagonia Capilene Thermal

  • Running shorts: Rabbit Hopper

  • Hat

  • Trail runners: Salomon

  • Puffy jacket: Enlightened Equipment Apex Torrid (7oz)

  • Running pants: Target

  • Beanie

Toiletries (in a Ziploc):

  • Pee rag: Kula Cloth (0.4 oz)

  • Toilet paper

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Tooth brush & paste

  • Nail clippers

  • Chapstick

  • Hair ties

  • Sunscreen

  • Deodorant

  • Dr Bronner's soap (for town only, do not use in natural water sources)

  • Period stuff

First Aid & Emergency:

  • Medications: Personal meds, Ibuprofen, Benadryl, Pepto chews

  • Duct tape (wrapped on trekking poles)

  • Blister kit: sewing needle, lighter, duct tape, hand sanitizer

  • Compass

  • First aid: Technu (for poison oak), bandages, backup water purifying tabs, wound closures/gauze pads, antibiotic ointment, waterproof matches


  • Headlamp: Black Diamond (2.7 oz)

  • Cell phone and charger

  • Power bank and charger


  • Emergency beacon: Garmin InReach Mini (3.5 oz)

  • Sun umbrella: Gossamer Gear Lightrek Hiking Umbrella (6.6 oz)

  • Sun glasses

  • Trekking poles

  • Permits and map

  • Ear plugs

  • Cuban fiber wallet

  • Bandana (I use as a towel)

  • Flip flops or camp shoes

  • Camera and charger

  • Massage ball: Pro-Tec Athletics Orb Extreme Mini Massage Ball from REI (3 oz)

  • Bear canister

  • Camp towel

  • Gloves

WHAT I EAT - It's Vegan


  • Bars: Cliff bars, Luna bars, etc

  • Instant coffee


  • Snacks: Dried fruit, vegan jerky, peanut butter and tortillas, olives, nuts, trail mix, candy (Oreos, Sour Patch Kids, Swedish Fish, Nutter Butters), Fritos, peanut butter pretzels, caramel peanut butter popcorn from Trader Joe's, etc.


  • Burritos: dehydrated refried beans, hot sauce, tortilla. Optional: Avo, pre-cooked rice (heavy), TVP seasoned with taco seasoning, or sub for a beans and rice backpacking meal.

  • Top Ramen

  • Top Ramen Pad Thai: Top Ramen, sriracha, peanut butter, soy sauce, crushed peanuts.

  • Dehydrated soups or chili: from grocery store bulk bins

  • Vegan mac & cheese: Upton's (heavy) or brands below

  • Backpacking Meals: Outdoor Herbivore, Good to Go, Firepot, etc

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