52 Pick Up… Gear Edition

My Appalachian Trail Gear List

With less than 12 days (is this real life) until I climb a bus and ride to Atlanta, I decided now would be a good time to calm my nerves and look through my gear for the 2748th time.

I giveth to my gear list and I taketh away on a daily basis, but for the most part, here is my gear shake-shake-shakedown!

Clothes That I Shall Be Wearing:


  1. Silver shiny down jacket
  2. Joyus Infinity scarf (this thing is SO. COOL. Check out this video to find out about the magic)
  3. Keen Women’s Hiking Boots
  4. Wool Top Long Sleeve Under Layer
  5. Columbia Fleece Vest
  6. Flannel (because everybody needs to own some flannel)
  7. Dirty Girl Space Gaiters
  8. Wool Bottoms Under Layer
  9. Hiking Pants
  10. Heavy Duty Wool Socks and Sock Liners

Camp Clothes and Extras:


  1. Wool Bottoms Under Layer
  2. Dri-Fit Long-Sleeve Top
  3. Wool Under Layer (I’m going to be warm, dammit)
  4. Fleece mittens and hat
  5. Headband and bandannas
  6. Sea to Summit Stuff Sack
  7. Extra Wool Socks and Liners/Exofficio underwear/sports bra
  8. Not pictured: Keen Camp Sandals
  9. Rain Jacket and Rain Pants

Toiletries and Bare Necessities:


  1. Sea to Summit Stuff Sack
  2. pStyle (these things are great for girls)
  3. First Aid Kit (Moleskin, duct tape, band-aids, waterproof matches, Vitamin I)
  4. Portable Phone Charger and Cords
  5. Dr. Bronner’s Soap!
  6. Etc., etc., Diva Cup, etc., Duct Tape, etc…

Cookware & Food:


  1. Stainless Steel MSR Stowaway Pot
  2. MSR PocketRocket Stove
  3. MSR Fuel Canister
  4. Katadyn Pro Water Filter System
  5. Light My Fire Meal Kit 2.0
  6. Carbon Fiber Food Sack

The Big Essentials:


  1. REI Flash Insulated Air Sleeping Pad
  2. Cocoon Mummy Sleeping Bag Liner
  3. Inflatable Pillow
  4. REI 80L Pack Cover
  5. REI Quarter Dome Tent (HOME!!)
  6. Big Agnes Summit Park 15 Degree Sleeping Bag (The weight is heavy with this one… but it cost me nothing so I’m taking it)
  7. Atlas Trekking Poles
  8. 3L Camelback Reservoir
  9. Osprey Aura 65 Backpack (Named Lou Bagga – he is my heart and soul)
  10. Pee Rag (it is EXACTLY what it sounds like)

Reading Material & Life Savers:


  1. Appalachian Trail Passport (to be stamped at hostels and towns along the way)
  2. Journal
  3. A Song of Fire and Ice Series (if only the books were just a tad smaller…)
  4. AWOL’s The A.T. Guide
  5. Appalachian Trail Pocket Maps

And of course…


  1. Roxy!

Just kidding. My little nugget will not be joining me but I will miss her more than she knows.

The Big Picture


Say Cheese! Oh, you’re inanimate objects… well…smile anyways.

And here is everything squished into one picture! I will admit, my pack is a little on the heavy side granted a few of the bigger items I had were hand-me-downs and definitely not considered Ultra Lightweight Gear. I’m topping off at 30 lbs. base weight before water and food, and while heavier than I would like, it IS my home for the next 6 months and I’m grateful no matter what.

That’s all folks!

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Comments 6

  • jethro : Feb 27th

    looks good you might conciser ditching the
    Light My Fire Meal Kit 2.0 and the maps, the AT guide is all you need.
    Also you could switch the filter for a sawyer or aqua mira and switch the bladder for two one liter disposable water bottles. overall looks like a good complete kit.

    • Michelle Hand : Mar 3rd

      thanks for the advice! I did end up ditching the Meal Kit. I didn’t even consider that before but that was a good suggestion. I’m now a little lighter! haha. And I just bought the maps because I enjoy reading them 🙂 It’s a nice bonus to see the elevation for each day.

  • Jessica Talbot : Mar 8th

    I am so excited for you!

  • Danorah : Dec 13th

    Could you tell me what size stuff sack you’re using for your cloths? It looks like maybe 13L from the pic but I’m not sure.

  • Jason : May 11th

    Wow, thank you, I’m looking to do this hike starting in March and been looking at videos on YouTube and all I’m finding are people who must have a load of money going ultra light. It’s nice to see that some people start out with packs weighting more then 12lbs..
    Hope you had a great hike

  • Linda B. Holcomb : Aug 25th

    Please give details of the Joyus Infinity scarf. I clicked the link but couldn’t find it. Thanks so much!


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