Wyrd Blogger's Backpacking Gear List

Friends, I like to go light when possible, though by no means am I a minimalist. I thought it would be fun to share this general guide to what I, more or less, take on the trail. This is by no means advice on what you should take, but if you pick up some ideas that would be excellent. 

1 pair zip-off pants
1 pair rain / snow pants (Envirofit, good breathability) or Trespass Qikpac Packaway Pant
1 Generic thermal Base Layer top and bottom (sleeping pair / camp clothes)
1 Set of ColdPruf Platinum Dual Layer (hiking during the day)
2 synthetic quick-dry undies
2 generic short sleeve synthetic T-shirts
1 Insulating parka jacket by Hi-Tec
1 Shell jacket for rain and snow by Hi-Tec
1 Polar Fleece EXTREME COLD Neck Warmer
1 Warm Hat: GI Type Polar Fleece Watch Cap
1 Sleeved button up shirt
1 pair trail boots
1 Set of Camp Clothes (generally another thermal top and bottom)

1 Mountainsmith 50L Backpack (great packs for the x$)
1 SOL 5x8 ultra light tarp with cord and a second, much smaller, footprint tarp
1 Slumberjack Denali Ultimate 20F/-7C sleepingbag (compressible, discontinued)
1 Sleeping Pad: Klymit Insulated Static V (updated)
1 small bivy tent (8.5 x 3ft)
1 small, reflective closed cell foam seating pad
1 light my fire (ti) spork
1 Generic am/fm/weather/mp3 radio
1 Digital camera, the Samsung WB35FF (refurbished)
1 Tablet PC (various maps and Trail guides in *.pdf format)
1 22,400 mah power bank
1 RAVPower 9W Solar Charger
1 Sawyer mini water filter
1 headlamp
6 Rechargeable batteries
1 Portable USB charger
1 Multitool
1 Chamois towel, in two pieces (multi-purpose)
1 Fuel Bottle w/ 91 Isopropyl Alcohol (doubles as antiseptic)

My headlamp is from harbor freight and has been reliable for several years. YMMV.

Note: You can get this pot down to less than 6oz (about the same as high $ Ti cookware) by replacing the plastic knob on the lid and removing the handle.

1 50 feet hank of cord
2 Nalgene bottles (32 oz model)

Note on the topic of nalgene bottles: For me nalgene bottles are must in the winter because they retain heat well. You can dump boiling water into them, put a wool sock over the bottle, and you have a hot water bottle during the night keeping you warm while sleeping. Also, if the water starts to freeze during the hike, these bottles can be whacked against a tree, thusly breaking up the ice.

1 Book (Physical, non-ebook)
1 Map of area where I am


1 sun screen lotion 
1 Toilet paper
1 Toothbrush, Baking Soda and floss
1 Aspirin
1 needle
Note: The dental floss and needle double as an emergency sewing kit, and I think you'll find good dental floss is as strong, if not stronger, than most sewing thread.


If in bug country, I would bring along the bug screen and 34% deet.
1 First aid kit  (self designed)

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