A lot of people are constantly asking me for complete gear lists for going backpacking. There are a lot of these lists posted across the web and each of course is slightly different depending on where you’re going and for how long, and also just based on personal preference. Below is a list of all the gear I take with me when I go backpacking, along with a lot of links to reviews and some affiliate links to Amazon. This list is really for backpacking in the Great North Woods in the spring, summer, or fall when the temperature is at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit. It is a general list for an overnight trip (aka about 24 hours). For a longer backpacking trip, you would need to bring more clothing, food, and water. The list doesn’t include specialty gear that you might want to bring for activities like rock climbing, swimming, etc.

Gear Type Brand Name Weight
Backpack Men’s Osprey Aether 70 (Review) 5 lb. 3 oz.
Tent Kelty Salida 2 (Review) 4 lb. 8 oz.
Sleeping Bag Kelty Ignite Dri Down 20-Degree (Review) 2 lb. 12 oz.
Sleeping Pad ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Series Self-Inflating Air Pad (Ad) 2 lb. 5 oz.
Water  4 Individual 12 oz. Bottles of Water (48 oz.) 3 lb.
Osprey Packs Hydraulics LT Reservoir (Ad) – carries 1 liter or 33 oz. and goes inside my backpack 2 lb.
Lifestraw Water Filter (Ad) 2 oz.
First Aid Coleman Expedition Survival Kit (Ad) 13 oz.
Emergency Blanket Mylar Emergency Thermal Blanket (Ad) 8 oz.
Knife/Scissors/Tools Leatherman (Ad) 7 oz.
Flashlight Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Light Lamp (Ad) plus extra batteries 3 oz.
Bug Spray Repel 40% DEET (Ad) 8 oz. AVG
Sun Lotion High SPF Sun Lotion 4 oz. AVG
Wipes Wet Ones Disinfecting Wipes (Ad) 3 oz.
Poncho SE Emergency Rain Poncho (Ad) 2 oz.
Toilet Paper Roll of Toilet Paper 8 oz.
Additional Survival Gear Read more about the random survival stuff I bring here. (Includes Map, Flares, Matches Lighter, Rope, and Medicine) 1-2 lbs.
Food This really varies. I typically have some energy bars, some fruit like bananas, oranges, apples, etc., and I bring frozen hotdogs or brats to cook over the fire (with a stick) at night. Jerky is also good. 4-8 lbs.
Bear Spray SABRE FRONTIERSMAN Bear Attack Deterrent with Hip Holster – Maximum Strength & 30 Foot Range (7.9 oz) (Ad) 8 oz.
 TOTALS 26 lbs. 12 oz.

The best way to keep the weight of your pack down is of course to buy the higher quality, more expensive, light weight equipment for tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads. Food and Water is the second heaviest thing, and I like to bring a lot of this. For an overnight trip like this, I would just wear the same clothes both days, but I might throw in some extra socks, an extra tee, and maybe a sweatshirt if it was going to be colder, if it was going to rain, or if I thought I would get sweaty. This of course would add another pound or two. From looking at my gear list, and really all across this website, you can see that I put a lot of emphasis on safety. I encourage you to do the same, although if you are going to be hiking in an area where you know you will have cell signal and can easily get help, this might not be as big of an issue and you might not want to bring some of the extra safety gear likes flares, rope, maps, etc.

You should also notice that close to 10 lbs. of this gear list is disposable stuff like food, water, lotion, bug spray, tp, and more. So while the initial load of 26 lbs. is quite heavy for just a day trip, it gets lighter as I go and on the way back would only be around 16 lbs.

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