My typical pack contents for a one to two night backpacking trip:
(fits with plenty of room to spare in my Deuter Act Lite 60 + 10)
- Nemo Equipment Dagger 2P (just in case I take a friend) - Extras- Footprint to extend the life of my tent, and the gear loft to stow all the little things I keep in the tent with me (headlamp, knife, beanie, solar light, sunglasses)
- Nemo Equipment Vector 20R Insulated sleeping pad - Foot pump is AWESOME! No more lightheadedness from blowing up my old thermarest! I can’t stand up in my tent, and my feet are usually tired from hiking so I use my hands CPR style to pump up the pad.
- Nemo Equipment Fusion 20 degree sleeping bag (can you tell I’m a Nemo fan?) - The spoon shape is awesome for me. I can lay on my back with one leg bent just like I do at home.
- Nemo Equipment Fillo Pillow Elite –Fits in a sleeve inside my sleeping bag to keep it in place. Packs up super small in its built-in stuff sack.
- Coleman Fleece Sleeping Bag liner - If I’m too hot for my bag, I open it up and lay this blanket on top of me. If I’m too cold (usually the case) I put it inside my sleeping bag for another layer of warmth without having to add more uncomfortable layers of clothing.
- Waterproof Shell
- 2 pair of wool socks (I like to sleep in a fresh, dry pair and hike in the other)
- Swim suit and flip flops – For high mountain lakes and hot springs!!
- Kovea Solo 3 - I usually bring just a pot and lid and store my fuel, lighter, and stove inside. My kit came with a handy mesh drawstring bag to keep it all together (not pictured, but definitely used).
- Kovea Supalite Titanium Stove - This little guy is super light and my kid likes to “transform” it for me before attaching it to the isobutane tank.
- Spoon & Camp Mug - I usually carry a couple of disposable spoons. I recommend a “shake spoon” as it has a longer handle and can reach to the bottom of backpacker meal bags without getting sauce all over your hands.
- Camelback Bladder
- Katadyn filter
- Black Diamond Spot Headlamp – it's waterproof (I have kids so waterproof is always a plus) and bugs aren’t attracted to the red light option. Yes!! No swarms of gnats in my face!
- LuminAID Spectra – perfect for soft diffused light in the tent. Has multiple color settings that are easy on tired eyes late at night and an excellent mood setter on a backpacking date!
- Fishing License! Must be with you if you plan on fishing.
- Dragontail Tenkara Shadowfire 360 Rod and Starter Kit
- Net and pliers
- Small first aid kit
- Go Girl
- Bandana Pee Rag (google it)
- Action wipes
- Toiletries – Sunblock!!
- Trail Mix
- Trekking Pole
- Rain Cover for my pack
Watch me pack it up in this video!
There you have it! See anything you’d like to know more about? What are your must-have backpacking items? Let me know in the comments!
See you in the Sawtooths!