Just Your Typical Appalachian Trail Gear List
Everyone loves gear lists, right? Hikers are gear junkies! I didn’t think I’d become one to post about my gear, but here I am, doing exactly that. No shame, no shame.
But for real, I’m actually intrigued, because I had never made a gear list before I left for the AT, nor had I when I finished. I’m interested to pile everything into a list so I can take a look at it all as a whole and start figuring out what new gear I want to invest in!
Anyways, here is what I carried on the Appalachian Trail. It’s not the most lightweight by any means, but it worked well for me and was sort of in-between heavy and ultralight. I hope at least one of you who reads this finds it even a little bit helpful 🙂 And if you’re a gear expert, please leave a comment if you have any tips or recommendations!
The Big 3
Pack: ULA Circuit
Tent: Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2
Clothing and Waterproofing
Hiking Clothes: Basic Nike shirt and shorts (one pair of loose shorts, and one pair of spandex shorts for chafing)
(I also used a tank top in the summer and a long sleeve in colder weather, I just swapped out items through mail-drops depending on when I needed them.)
Underwear (Not Pictured): No name brand sports bra and 2 pairs of underwear
Water System: Sawyer Squeeze filter and 2 Smart Water bottles
(I also used my tent stake stuff sack as a rock sack to hang a bear line)
Headlamp: Black Diamond Spot 350
Trekking Poles: Black Diamond Trail Poles
Phone: iPhone 11 with charger, wall adapter, and earphones
Battery Bank: Anker PowerCore 26800 with charger and wall adapter (huge, I know, but I did get 6-7 charges, so, worth it!)
GPS: Garmin InReach Mini
Homemade Kit: Duct tape, medical tape, Neosporin, gauze, Advil, tweezers, safety pin, electrolytes
Butt Paste: LIFESAVER when it comes to chafing! Body Glide is a no go for me. This stuff also works wonders on feet if your skin rubs raw!
I also carried some ziplock bags for waterproofing my electronics, a journal, and a couple of small sentimental items / good luck charms.
Depending on the weather, some of my gear changed. From VA – MA, I carried bug spray and a bug net. I swapped out the sleeping bag pictured above for a 50-degree quilt when it got hot, I cold soaked (went stoveless) for the summer, and also carried one or two more layers at the beginning and end of my hike when it got uncomfortably cold.
Lastly, I ended up switching to an inflatable Big Agnes sleeping pad, and to an L.L.Bean one person tent, both of which are not pictured. I switched to those items in Massachusetts.
These are the basics of what I carried, with some things being swapped out depending on temperatures and season!
Ahh! I Almost Forgot!
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