My Complete Gear List, and Base Weight: 14 Pounds
Base weight: 14.06 pounds (6.38 kg)
Base weight = all carried gear excluding food and water. Worn weight (trekking poles and clothing I’ll be wearing most of the time while hiking) is also excluded. I did, however, include fuel in my base weight since I know what size canister I’ll be carrying.
Pack weight: 24 pounds (10.89 kg) maximum
Pack weight = base weight + food and water after a full resupply. I estimate carrying around ten pounds of food and water between resupplies (typically every three to five days).
Pack: 2 lbs (32 oz.)
Shelter: 2.84 lbs (45.5 oz.)
Sleep System: 1.99 lbs (31.9 oz.)
Sleeping bag: Feathered Friends Swallow UL 20
Sleeping pad: Therm-a-Rest Neoair Xlite
Compression sack: 14L Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack
Kitchen: 2.6 lbs (41.6 oz.)
Stove/pot system: Jetboil MiniMo
Fuel canister: Jetboil Jetpower (100g)
Cup: Sea to Summit X-Cup
Spork: Snow Peak Titanium Spork
Food storage/bear bag: Ursack Major
Water Filtration/Reservoir: .21 lbs (3.4 oz.)
Note: Weight represents empty filter/bottle.
Filter: BeFree Katadyn
Water bottle: Smartwater 1L bottle
Headlamp: .19 lbs (3.1 oz.)
Headlamp: Black Diamond Spot
Trekking Poles: .69 lbs (11.1 oz.)
Trekking poles: Gossamer Gear LT5 Three Piece Carbon Trekking Poles
Clothing: 6.52 lbs (104.3 oz.)
Note: Only my camp shoes (10.7 oz) and compression sack (4.5 oz) are included in my base weight (most of my other clothing will be worn while hiking).
Trail runners: Altra Lone Peak 4
Socks: Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew (x2)
Base layer top: Smartwool Merino 250 Base Layer Quarter-Zip Top
Base layer bottom: Smartwool Merino 250 Base Layer Bottoms
Hiking shorts: Boa
Mid layer: Patagonia Women’s R1 Fleece Pullover
Insulation: Arc’teryx Cerium LT Down Hoodie
Rain pants: The North Face Venture 2 Half-Zip Pants
Rain jacket: Outdoor Research Helium II Rain Jacket
Beanie: Personal preference
Sunglasses: Personal preference
Camp shoes: Classic Crocs
Compression sack: 10L Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack
Toiletries: 1.19 lbs (19 oz.)
Toothbrush/toothpaste: Aurelle TOOB Brush
Hair ties: Generic
All purpose soap: Dr. Bronner’s Organic Liquid Soap
Body wipes: Sea to Summit Wilderness Wipes
Chafing relief: Aquaphor (in green container)
Nail clippers: Generic
Bug spray: Repel Sportsmen Max Formula Pen Pump
Towels: Co-Op Multi Towel Lite (Small and Large)
Trowel: The Deuce 2UL
Toilet paper: Cotton Buds Tissue To Go
Hand sanitizer: Generic
Electronics: 1.46 lbs (23.4 oz.)
Charger: iPad charging block (Two USB ports)
Cables: USB and Micro USB cables
Power bank: Anker PowerCore II 20000
Headphones: Apple earbuds
First Aid/Emergency Supplies: .31 lbs (4.9 oz.)
Note: I consider my GPS device worn weight since I keep it on my person.
Knife: Swiss Army Classic Knife
Backup headlamp batteries: Generic AAA batteries
Duct tape: Generic
Super Glue: Single Use Crazy Glue
Wound closure Band-Aids: Butterfly bandages
Blister relief: Moleskin
Alcohol wipes: Generic
Triple antibiotic cream: Generic
GPS device: Garmin inReach Mini 2-Way Satellite Communicator
Sting relief: After Bite Wipes
Pain relief: Aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen
Cold medicine: NyQuil and DayQuil
Antidiarrheal: Loperamide (Imodium)
Allergy relief: Zyrtec
Sleep aid: Benadryl
Other: .28 lbs (4.9 oz.)
ID: Driver’s license
Money: Credit card
Prescription medications: Self-explanatory
- I recommend treating your gear with Permethrin (a spray that kills ticks and mosquitoes, among other pests). It is odorless and lasts six weeks or six washings.
- Female hikers should come up with a plan for period management on the trail. I just skip the sugar pills in my birth control pack. That may not be an option for every female hiker, so I advise coming up with a system before setting off.
- Don’t forget your prescription glasses if needed.
- While I’m an advocate of commando hiking, many hikers add underwear to their gear list.
- Freezing temperatures can destroy battery packs and crack filters. Sleep with both in your sleeping bag on cold nights.
- Don’t forget a patch kit for your sleeping pad (typically included).
- If your pack isn’t waterproof consider investing in a liner (a trash bag works fine) or a rain fly.
- If you carry a GPS device (which I will always recommend out of principle), I suggest keeping it on your person. There will be times you set your pack down and step off the trail (such as going off to pee), so remember: a Garmin in the hand is worth two in the pack.
- I highly recommend downloading the Guthook app and buying AWOL’s AT Guide (you can buy a physical copy or PDF).
- Also, remember: it’s pronounced Appalachian, not Appalachian.
Happy hiking! 🙂
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