What to Pack for a Thru Hike

Whether you know it or not, if you’re reading these words it means the idea of thru-hiking has either fully settled into your brain or it’s just beginning. I know, because I was in your shoes not long ago. It began as a slight interest in how thru-hikers hike thousands of miles in a single season and evolved into stepping off down a trail of my own.

Thru-hiking is all about being efficient with everything you do. From gear, to food, to your body, it’s a long game and in order to stay in it, you need to be sure that you have everything you need and nothing you don’t.

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It’s important to understand why this list is so unique. Thru-hiking is a totally different beast. While it’s important to be comfortable, it’s more important to be as light as possible when you’re trying to cover so many miles in a single day. Everything comes down to personal preference and what you’re willing to bring or not bring.

Each and every bit of gear in your pack should be used and when possible, have more than one use. Ounces add up to pounds and the more pounds you carry on your body, the more your body will break down and put you at risk of injury.

With that said, here’s your streamlined thru-hiking packing list!

As always, if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out.



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