The Backpacking Gear List you’re looking for
Let’s make this simple!
Listed below is a list of everything you’ll need for a backpacking trip. Whether you’re going for 1 night or 5 nights, the gear is the same.
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FOOD AND WATER
When preparing for food, consider the following equation to get you started
5 miles = 1 liter of water + 500 calories
Zip Lok Trash Bag
Primary Water Bladder/Bottle
Secondary Water Bottle (collapsible)
Gaiters to keep out debris
Base Layer (t shirt and leggings)
Pants or shorts (I prefer running shorts)
Mid Layer (something like a light weight merino hoody)
Insulation Layer (puffy jacket)
Rain Shell (light weight)
Underwear (no thongs, no briefs - you need full coverage to prevent chafing)
Hat (sun protection)
Footwear of choice (trail runners preferred)
Primary Navigation: GPS (ie GAIA GPS)
Secondary Navigation: Map and Compass
Organizational Bag for items not used during the day
Power Bank (electronics charging)
Final Thoughts and Advice
The best advice I can give you is to keep it as simple as you can. The more you bring, the more you’ll wonder if you have everything. When you distill your gear down to the essentials, preparing for a backpacking trip becomes like second nature.
Take what you need for that trip and try your best not to complicate it too much.